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November 2012

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Dear Readers,

We are happy to share with you the latest transport research and innovation news from TRIP for November. See below for news and opportunities from EU Institutions, along with activities from the research community.

Enjoy reading!

The TRIP Team

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New project profiles

See the latest project profiles available in our searchable database, containing 8 752 European and national projects in total. New descriptions and result summaries are added continually.

New transport events

Find out what is going on in the world of transport research through the TRIP events calendar. New event announcements are published regularly.


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News from TRIP

Transport Research Summary on Regulation, Competition and Public Services available

TRIP Policy Brochures available in German

TRIP Participates in Polis conference 29-30 November

News from the EU Institutions

Upcoming events: First Transport Business Summit and TEN-T Days

Public Consultation on the EU e-Freight Initiative

European Aviation Safety Agency celebrates 10th Anniversary

EU to 'Stop the Clock' on Aviation Allowances until next Autumn  

Strategy for Alternative Fuels: ‘Clean Power for Transport’

News from the Transport Research & Innovation Community


ECOMM 2013 Call for papers

European Rail Awards 2013: Call for applications

ITF Policy Brief available: Towards Seamless Public Transport

9th ITS European Congress and Exhibition - Call for Papers

Transferring Research to Practice in ITS – the FREILOT story

News from TRIP

Transport Research Summary on Regulation, Competition and Public Services available

The Transport Research Summary, Regulation, Competition and Public Services’, was released this month and is available on the TRIP website. This is the first of a series of 24 thematic publications to be produced by the TRIP Team, corresponding to each of the research themes on the site. Thematic Research Summaries provide a structured guide to the results of research projects carried out at mainly EU level, either as part of a framework programme or as a study commissioned by the European Commission.

TRIP Policy Brochures now available in German

The TRIP team is pleased to announce that German versions of the following two Policy Brochures are now available. Policy Brochures highlight the contributions of research and innovation to transport policymaking, planning and development.

The publications are available for download on the TRIP website and by following the links above.

TRIP Participates in Polis conference 29-30 November

Members of the TRIP consortium will be present with a stand at the 2012 Annual Polis conference in Perugia, Italy from 29-30 November. TRIP communication materials will be offered to participants, including Policy Brochures and a series of appealing (or amusing) gadgets.

Please stop by and visit us. We look forward to meeting you.

News from the European Institutions

Upcoming events: First Transport Business Summit and TEN-T Days

The European Commission has organised the first European Transport Business Summit to be held in Brussels on 27 November 2012, followed by a TEN-T Day on 28 November and a TEN-T Info Day on 29 November. 

Transport Business Summit, 27 November. Under the theme Compete to Connect, this event will allow business leaders and decision-makers to discuss the promotion of Europe's global competitiveness.

TEN-T Day, 28 November. Vice-President Siim Kallas, Member States (?) Ministers, policy-makers and key stakeholders will discuss the development of the Trans-European transport network, giving additional attention to innovation and implementation tools such as transport (?) corridors.

TEN-T Calls for Proposals Info Day, 29 November. Priorities and funding possibilities of the 2012 TEN-T Calls for Proposals, along with practical information on submitting successful proposals, will be shared.

More information on these three events can be found online.

Public Consultation on the EU e-Freight Initiative

Public consultation on the e-Freight Initiative of the European Union is currently open and contributions are requested by 17 January 2013. e-Freight has the potential to contribute to European competitiveness by improving the efficiency of freight transport, which is key to fostering growth of the EU economy. e-Freight solutions can help serve as a missing link between different information tools and can facilitate seamless information flows.  

More information and the online questionnaire can be found online.

European Aviation Safety Agency celebrates 10th Anniversary

Vice-President Kallas joined members of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 15 November to celebrate their 10th anniversary, claiming that EASA has become an indispensable part of the European aviation safety system’. Since EASA’s calculations state that the rate of fatal accidents has improved significantly in the last ten years, Mr. Kallas highlighted the need to focus on maintaining and improving that excellent record. The Vice-President stressed that aviation safety deserves to be a priority on the European policy agenda and that he counts on EASA to continue playing a key role for the years to come.

Watch a video of the conference or find more information on the EASA website.

EU to 'Stop the Clock' on Aviation Allowances until next Autumn

Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard announced that the European Union would defer the requirement for airlines to surrender allowances for flights into and out of Europe under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). This requirement would be deferred until after the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) General Assembly next fall in the hope to promote a more global solution. 

Commissioner Hedgegaard described the decision, which followed a discussion of the Council of the UN ICAO on a global market-based approach to regulating greenhouse gas emissions from aviation. "Very good news came from the ICAO Council last Friday. I've just recommended in a telephone conference with the 27 Member States that the EU "stops the clock" when it comes to enforcement of the inclusion of aviation in the EU ETS to and from non-European countries until after the ICAO General Assembly next autumn."

More information is available on the European Commission’s website.

Strategy for Alternative Fuels: ‘Clean Power for Transport’  

Vice-President Kallas gave a speech at the Scania Transport Conference 2012 in Brussels on 14 November, underlining that we need energy-efficient technologies (electricity, hydrogen, natural gas, biogas, liquid biofuels) in order to solve the main problems in the field of transport: climate change, rising congestion and transport’s overdependence on oil as a power source. Those technologies can be produced from low-carbon or carbon-free sources, and then deployed in new-generation vehicles. The Vice-President announced a comprehensive strategy for alternative fuels, ‘Clean Power for Transport’, to be presented by the end of this year, explaining that energy-efficient vehicles will boost EU industry's competitiveness, make Europe's economy greener and more resource-efficient, as well as create jobs.

Read the full speech on the EC press release.

News from the Transport Research Community

ECOMM 2013 Call for papers

The next European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM) will be held from 29-31 May 2013 in Gävle, Sweden. This year's theme is ‘Smart choices require easy access – making sustainable transport a part of everyday life.’ Topics for the sessions and presentations are focused on many factors and considerations of Mobility Management (MM) including information technology, the economy, cycling, health, land use planning, e-mobility, policy drivers, and more.  

A call for papers is open, and the deadline for submission is 10 December 2012. More information is available on ECOMM's website.

European Rail Awards 2013: Call for applications

The first European Rail Awards ceremony will take place in London on 12 November 2013 where winners of 19 awards will be recognised. Applications are solicited and will be accepted until 19 April 2013.

The European Rail Awards aim to:

  • reward and encourage excellence and innovation;
  • disseminate best practices;
  • promote inter-operability to seamless rail travel across Europe.

Entries will be assessed by a distinguished panel of judges from the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee.

More information can be found online at the European Railway Awards website.   

ITF Policy Brief available: Towards Seamless Public Transport

The latest International Transport Forum (ITF) Policy Brief discusses transformations towards seamless public transport initiatives, including developments in ticketing, network design and institutional coordination. Essential considerations of these developments for users, operators and governments were discussed at a joint seminar of the ITF and the Korean Transport Institute in March 2012. Resulting conclusions can be found by viewing the report now available on the ITF website.

9th ITS European Congress and Exhibition - Call for Papers

The 9th ITS European Congress and Exhibition will be held from 4-7 June 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. The call for papers is now open and broad topics include Sustainable City Regions, Smarter Travel, Knowledge Sharing, and Competitiveness through Innovation. The deadline for technical and scientific submissions is 21 December 2012.

The Congress also offers exhibition and sponsorship opportunities. More information can be found on the conference website.

Transferring research to practice in ITS – the FREILOT story

The Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) was set up to bridge the gap between research and deployment, focusing on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and a European-wide exchange of best practices. FREILOT (Urban Freight Energy Efficiency Pilot), was one of the first ITS projects financed under the CIP, and lessons learned from this project are now available.

FREILOT focused on providing services to increase energy efficiency in urban freight transport, and implementing those services across four pilot cities: Lyon (France), Helmond (Netherlands), Krakow (Poland) and Bilbao (Spain). Services included intersection control, adaptive speed control, eco-driving support, and real-time loading and delivery space booking. FREILOT has shown the benefits of CIP and demonstrates the commercial deployment of cooperative mobility solutions in Europe.

View more information on the project website or read an article on lessons learned.

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