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TRIP Participates at IRRB to Discuss
TRIP participated in the International Rail
Research Board (IRRB) meeting on 20 September,
2012 in Berlin. TRIP was invited to this
event by UIC, International Union of Railways,
to discuss the opportunity to link both
RAILWAY-RESEARCH and SPARK to TRIP.
RAILWAY-RESEARCH and SPARK are rail research
tools that were recently added to the knowledge
sharing landscape. The meeting provided
an excellent platform to explore cooperation
and synergies between these tools and TRIP.
All parties agreed to continue to work towards
an environment in which knowledge is shared
and high quality information is made available
to the users of the systems.
Single European Sky Programme Targeted
Vice-President Siim Kallas spoke on
11 October 2012 in Cyprus at the conference ‘Single
European Sky: time for action’, emphasizing
the importance of a new European Airspace:
‘I have always said that the Single
European Sky is my top aviation priority.
It is too important to be allowed to fail.’
Vice-President Kallas further announced
that new legislation proposals will be presented
in Spring 2013 in order to accelerate
the implementation of the Single European
Sky initiative, which aims at tripling capacity
and halving air traffic costs.
can be found on the EC site.
Infrastructure Growth through Project
In a speech given on 16 October 2012
at the European Transport Forum in
Siim Kallas discussed the importance of
transport’s role in connecting
Europe and facilitating
economic growth, and the need for funds
not only from national and regional budgets
but also from the private sector.
Vice-President Kallas described project
bonds as one tool for increasing private
sector involvement. ‘The EU can act,
by helping to generate that cash requirement
via the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)
and its pan-European dimension and approach…
€31.7 billion is proposed for transport
under the CEF. We need to attract more private
sector involvement. One optimal way to do
this is by using project bonds. These bonds
are one of several risk-sharing instruments.
speech for more
Biofuel Production Incentives
The European Commission is proposing
to amend the current legislation on biofuels
to stimulate the development of alternative
biofuels derived from non-food feedstock,
such as waste or straw since these methods
emit substantially less greenhouse gases
than fossil fuels and do not directly interfere
with food production.
Under the new
the use of food-based biofuels
to meet the 10% renewable energy target
of the Renewable Energy Directive will be
limited to 5%, giving new incentives for
More information can
be found in the
EC press release.
Public Consultation on the Urban Dimension
of EU Transport Policy
The European Commission is currently seeking
the opinion of the public and all relevant
stakeholders on the future development of
the urban dimension of EU transport policy.
The public consultation pays particular
attention to the contents of the Transport
White Paper, ‘Roadmap to a Single European
Transport Area – Towards a competitive and
resource efficient transport system’.
The consultation was launched 17 September
2012 and is open through 10 December
can be found online.
Message from European
Advisory Council on Transport and Environment
In a meeting of the Congress of European
Advisory Council on Transport and Environment,
theEuropean Commissioner for Environment
Janez Potočnik spoke about the importance
of sustainable mobility, for both the environment
and the economy, and the need for transport
and air quality policies to go ‘hand-in-hand’.
Outlining a few key elements, Commissioner
Potočnik said, ‘And last but not least,
encourage innovation and address emissions
at source. Industry, transport, energy production,
agriculture and household consumption are
important engines of growth and prosperity.
To focus on transport, as a result of the
EU-wide provisions called Euro standards,
industry has innovated to cut emissions
from vehicles, but there are still areas
of concern, such as for example the high
NOx emissions from diesel vehicles.’
See the press release for the complete speech.
New Guidelines for Inland Waterways
The European Commission is issuing
new guidelines to ensure that inland navigation
activities are environmentally and nature-aware
and compatible with EU Policy and legislation.
The guidelines, titled, ‘Inland waterway
transport and Natura 2000 – sustainable
inland waterway development and management
in the context of the EU Birds and Habitats
Directives’, are targeted towards investors,
planners, decision-makers and nature conservation
stakeholders, and help bring together a
holistic understanding of the design of
sustainable navigation projects that respect
the ecological values of rivers.
Vice-President Siim Kallas added,
‘This transport sector is considered
to be safe, energy efficient and more environmentally
friendly than other transport modes. But
as it is one of many users of our rivers,
it needs to be developed in an ecologically
is available in the press release.
ITS World Congress in Vienna a Success
ITS World Congress took place 22 – 26 October
in Vienna, Austria. The 4 day event was
a huge success, attracting thousands of
participants. The cutting edge of the Intelligent
Transport Systems (ITS) industry was presented
via 4000 live demonstration slots, and over
200 sessions and workshops. High-level government
representatives from 30 countries including
the Vice-President of the European Commission,
Siim Kallas, Cyprus’s President of the EU
Transport Council, Flourentzou Efthemios,
and several Ministers, also met and attended
a Ministerial Roundtable to discuss the
latest developments in ITS in national and
transnational transport policy.
For more information visit the
2012 ITS World Congress website.
Car Emissions Target for 2020 Achieved (Germany)
30 car models on the German market were
found to have CO2 emissions below 95 grams per kilometre, the
targeted maximum for 2020. The ranking was
Transport &Environment’s German member
The VW eco up and the Toyota Yaris each
with 79 grams per kilometre, were ranked highest with
respect to low CO2 emissions.
More information is available (in German).
Germans Ride Five Times more Mass Transit
Researchers found that Germans were five
times more likely to use mass transport
than Americans and that car use restrictions
were the main cause of this behaviour.
can be found online.
E-Update on the Cost of Bike Sharing
The European Platform for Mobility Management
(EPOMM) has released an e-update giving
an overview of recent trends in bike sharing,
including its growth in Eastern Europe,
and its costs. Various cities and case studies
are cited, and estimates of implementation
and running costs per bike are provided.
Additional information including many
relevant resources and a
bike sharing world map are highlighted
on the EPOMM site.
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