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TRKC is now TRIP! It is our pleasure to announce that TRIP, Transport Research & Innovation Portal, is now online and received full support by Vice-President Kallas at its official launch during the TRA conference in Athens, Greece. While continuing the main services offered by TRKC, TRIP presents a new look, more advanced and easy to use search capabilities, a richer content including an enhanced project database of more than 7 000 transport research projects as well as project documents and deliverables..
TRIP is available at
TRIP has started the production of Policy
Brochures. These publications share important
information about the critical role transport
research plays in policy-making, planning
and development in the transport and mobility
sector. Two Policy Brochures have been released
and are available on the
Printed copies of the policy brochures are
available on request. Please contact the
TRIP helpdesk at:
The Green Freight Europe initiative was
launched in Brussels on 27 March 2012. Vice-President
Kallas presented this effort which focuses
on freight to help Europe reach a more sustainable
future in the coming decades. Rail, maritime,
and air solutions were highlighted, together
with innovations in Intelligent Transport
Systems including paperless freight transport.
Vice-President Kallas noted:
'So what is the way forward for freight,
to keep it competitive and sustainable?
Firstly, we should optimise energy efficiency
by using new vehicle and cleaner fuel technologies.
As part of the EU's future strategy on HDV
fuel consumption and CO2
emissions, we are exploring ways to improve
vehicle efficiency using new engines, materials
and design. We are also looking at changing
rules on freight vehicle aerodynamics to
improve both fuel efficiency and safety.'
More information can be found n the
Green Freight Europe website.
Progress in Lowering Road Fatalities
in the EU falls to 2%
Throughout the last decade, under the Road
Safety Action Plan 2001-2011, road fatalities
were cut by an average of 6% per year. Despite
this very promising trend, the recent statistic
for 2011 shows a decline in progress, with
cuts at only 2%, and some Member States
showing increased fatalities. Noting that
motorcycle deaths continue to persist, Vice-President
Kallas said, 'At EU level, I intend
also to target specifically fatalities on
motorcycles in 2012, we need to see the
current trend reversed and these deaths
start to fall.' In response, it can
be expected that work to implement the EU's
Road Safety Action Plan 2011-2020 will be
For more information, visit the
European Commission Website on this
26 of the 47 eligible project proposals
submitted were selected to receive EU funding
in response to the 2011 Multi-Annual Programme
Call. This call focused on the following
European Rail Traffic Management System
(ERTMS) - 15 projects, €100 million
Motorways of the Sea (MoS - TEN-T Priority
Project 21) -7 projects, €50 million
River Information Services (RIS) - 4
projects, €10 million
The selected projects will facilitate meeting
important priorities of the TEN-T Programme,
working towards an efficient and competitive
transport infrastructure network.
More information can be found on the
TEN-T EA site
Call for Proposals for Clean Sky was released
on 12 April. The call includes 42 topics
organised into the following six themes:
Green Regional Aircraft
Sustainable and Green Engines
Smart Fixed Wing Aircraft
Systems for Green Operations
The available funding totals €32 million.
Proposals must be submitted by 10
Various information days will be organised
for the programme, with the next information
day set for 17 May in Torino.
More information can be found on
the event page on the Clean Sky website,
as well as a full description of the
call for proposals. For further technical
support and questions, email
The fourth Transport Research Arena (TRA)
conference took place in Athens on 23 -
26 April 2012. The conference focused on
innovation in sustainable mobility and
for the first time dealt extensively with all
surface transport modes: road, rail and
waterborne, as well and the links between
them. The conference was a huge success,
accredited to the organisers, speakers,
contributors, and especially all the active
participants - scientists, policy-makers,
and stakeholders alike.
Stay tuned for information on the next TRA
conference, in 2014 on the
TRA conference website.
The CIVITAS Forum Conference Secretariat
invites proposals for CIVITAS I and II
cities and external speakers are to contribute presentations
for either technical or Pecha Kucha sessions.
There are eight slots available across five
technical sessions and ten slots across
two Pecha Kucha sessions.
This year, the CIVITAS Forum Conference
will take place in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
from 24 to 26 September. Under the
title 'Managing Mobility: Planning for
Sustainable Cities', the conference
will explore successful aspects of sustainable
urban mobility and public space planning.
draft agenda is now available.
Interested speakers can apply no later than
Friday, 18 May 2012.
For more information, visit the
CIVITAS Forum 2012 web page.
The Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform was
designed to support innovation and facilitate
the creation and use of energy-efficient
technologies in cities.
Specific focus is on one of the major challenges
for new technologies in the urban environment-namely,
integration. The Platform is formed by five
groups, including three thematic (technical)
working groups and a finance and roadmap
coordination group. Working group themes
Smart Cities website, you can browse
the current members of the community, read
the Smart Cities Blog, follow updates on
Twitter, and learn more about the initiative
and its events.
The Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform is
on 10 July 2012.
The French region of Poitou-Charentes initiated
a collaboration with
HyER, the European Association for hydrogen
fuel cells and electro-mobility in European
regions, in order to monitor the impact
of electric vehicles (EV). The European
Electromobility Observatory, a pilot funded
by HyER and the Dutch Ministry of Economic
Affairs Agriculture and Innovation (ELI),
will now cover electric vehicle projects
in that region in addition to London, Milan,
Rotterdam/Amsterdam, Hamburg, North Rhine
Westphalia, and Oslo/Stockholm.
HyER aims to be an important reference source
for electro-mobility deployment in Europe
and seeks to engage more regions in this
initiative. The Poitou-Charentes region,
one Europe's first to offer EV car sharing
services (since 1999), is interested in
cooperating with other HyER members to develop
new financing facilities to further stimulate
demand for EV.
For more information on HyER's activities
and partnerships, please contact the HyER
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