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January 2014

 
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We are ready to start 2014 with TRIP's January newsletter, featuring the latest information, updates and opportunities on transport research and innovation.

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News from TRIP

New TRIP Policy Brochure on “Employment in the EU transport sector”

TRIP Publications “Passenger Transport” and “Innovative Technologies” Now Available in German

News from the EU Institutions

Looking Back at FP7 Transport Projects

Horizon2020 National Launch Events and Thematic Events

New Urban Mobility Package Adopted

Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 and Horizon 2020: Synergies in the Transport Sector

European Green Vehicles Initiative Launched

EU Awards €575 Million to Mid-Career Researchers

How European Citizens See Urban Mobility

News from the Transport Research & Innovation Community

 

Electric and Hydrogen Vehicles: How and Where Are They Going to Be Adopted?

OECD Rail Sector Understanding

ADVANCE Training Events

CONDUITS KPIs for Traffic Management and ITS

News from TRIP

New TRIP Policy Brochure on “Employment in the EU transport sector”

The transport sector accounts for 4.5% of the total workforce in the European Union and represents 4.6% of the gross domestic product (GDP). As a whole within the economy, employment in the transport sector is facing the economic and societal challenges of a growing shortage of skilled workers in an increasingly competitive global environment.

The newly released TRIP Policy Brochure “Employment in the EU transport sector” presents EU policy on transport employment and highlights the contribution of research in supporting policy development and implementation in meeting the challenges of retaining skilled workers and encouraging more and highly skilled people to join the transport workforce.

The English version of the Policy Brochure can now be downloaded online or freely requested in hardcopy at helpdesk@transport-research.info.
 

TRIP Publications “Passenger Transport” and “Innovative Technologies” Now Available in German

Two TRIP Thematic Research Summaries are now available in German.

“Passenger transport” tackles the topics of safer individual transport, high-quality public transport, integrated transport services, and environmentally sustainable mobility behavior.

“Innovative Technologies” addresses research on advanced vehicle design technology, innovative materials and vehicle construction, engine technology, as well as innovation in transport organisation.

Produced exclusively in electronic format, the two Thematic Research Summaries can be freely downloaded from the TRIP website.

 
News from the European Institutions

Looking Back at FP7 Transport Projects

With Horizon2020 being a reality, the focus is now turning to results achieved and challenges addressed in the transport field by the previous funding programme for research and technological development, FP7. A total of € 2.22 billion allocated by Directorate-General for Research and Innovation to 620 research and technology transport projects during the 2007-2013 period, translated into tangible steps forward, as pointed out by an analysis that has recently been produced.

DG R&I highlighted that air transport projects concentrated on cost-effective and greener measures, with initiatives such as, the "Clean Sky 1" Road transport on the other hand, made sustainability, safety and new technologies top priorities and the European Green Cars initiative is a bright example. Waterborne transport focused simultaneously on five challenges - greening, competitiveness, safety and security, intermodality and logistics - and brought about a number of initiatives under the Ocean of Tomorrow programme. Rail transport research emphasised the relevance of ITS systems and the importance of safety, while urban mobility was pivoted on reducing congestions and increasing sustainability, with flagship projects such as, the European bus system of the future (EBSF) and automated electric vehicles (CityMobil2). Lastly, logistics research received a significant boost with the launch of the ALICE European Technology Platform.

More information is available on the EC website.

Horizon2020 National Launch Events and Thematic Events

Are you interested in having more information about Horizon2020 presented to you in your own language? The Horizon2020 website provides an updated and complete overview of thematic launch events taking place across the 28 EU Member States, in the framework of the new EU funding programme for research and innovation.

Check the website and find out when your country is hosting the next event. More Information is available on the Horizon2020 portal.

New Urban Mobility Package Adopted

In December 2013, the European Commission adopted a new Urban Mobility Package, recognising the fact that urban congestion and associated consequences are risks that could jeopardise the EU goals for a competitive and resource-efficient transport system.

With this new package, the EC is stepping up its support to towns and cities by focusing on four priorities: fostering best practices exchange, providing targeted financial support, delivering solutions to urban mobility challenges and enhancing international cooperation.

To better understand what the urban mobility package implies, a section of the EC website is also offering useful and quick insight for citizens, listing replies to possible frequently asked questions (FAQs).

More information on the Urban Mobility Package is available on the EC website.

Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 and Horizon 2020: Synergies in the Transport Sector

Transport plays a central role both in the 2014 – 2020 programming phase of the EU Cohesion Policy and in Horizon 2020. Synergies between the two instruments in relation to transport are now illustrated in a dedicated report, shedding light on transport as a crucial aspect of the Cohesion Policy and the societal challenges identified by Horizon 2020.

Released by the FP7 Transport Programme Committee experts group, the Report is conceived to assist national stakeholders and researchers in maximising their investment in the transport research and thereby gaining an advantage in terms of capacity building and market deployment.

The Report is available here.

European Green Vehicles Initiative Launched

December 2013 saw the official launch of the European Green Vehicles initiative (EGVI), a European public private initiative. With the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding by Wolfgang Steiger, Chairman of EGVI and Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, the initiative will pave the way towards tight collaboration between private and public institutions to make surface vehicles more environmentally friendly.

The Multiannual Roadmap for the European Green Vehicles Initiative, along with a number of detailed roadmaps and agendas, are now available on the EC website.

For more information, please visit the EC website.

EU Awards €575 Million to Mid-Career Researchers

Is Europe on the right track to enhance innovation? The award of 312 brilliant researchers is an effort in this direction. Through the Consolidator Grant competition, the European Research Council (ERC) channeled a total of € 575 million to top scientists of any EU nationality and age, with a working experience comprised between 7 and 12 years after their PhD.

Selected research projects address some of the most debated topics within the research arena. In some cases, investigations may have close implications with transport: this is the case of “Machine responsibilities: not just science fiction”, a research project checking responsibility, liability and risks in situations where tasks are delegated to intelligent systems.

Further information can be found on the ERC website.

How European Citizens See Urban Mobility

Four out of ten Europeans experience problems with urban mobility, according to a new Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the EC Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport. Air pollution, congestion and travel costs rank first among the EU citizens concerns.

“Attitudes of Europeans towards urban mobility” pictures 40 percent of Europeans "often or sometimes" suffering travelling problems. This can be seen in Malta, Greece, Cyprus and Slovakia. Respondents agreed that “improving provisions and decreasing the costs of using public transport” are a top priority, also giving great value to those sustainable mobility options able to boost walking and cycling against the diffusion of private cars.

The survey's results are available here.

News from the Transport Research Community

Electric and Hydrogen Vehicles: How and Where Are They Going to Be Adopted?

The recognition of electric and hydrogen vehicles as potential breakthrough technologies is a fact. However, defining factors which matter towards the development of lead markets is less obvious. In a series of studies, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) recently revealed that infrastructure availability, privileged access to dedicated lanes, parking facilities, adapted city centres, commuting behaviour, environmental footprint, and fuel cost savings are key drivers towards market adoption.

In the same studies, the JRC also qualified Sweden, Finland and Austria as potential early-adopters of those technologies by 2030 and outlined two possible scenarios respectively envisaging a limited and a wider distribution of electric vehicles, particularly across Germany, the Netherlands, France, the UK, Ireland, and Italy.

More details are available on the JCR website.

OECD Rail Sector Understanding

The newly released "Sector Understanding" on Export Credits for Rail Infrastructure (RSU) is an innovative framework adapting to the OECD's widely-accepted rules on export credits, and constituting a major achievement for the European Rail industry. The RSU is meeting the variable needs of public authorities and exporters, in both advanced and emerging economies, while helping to promote the use of rail as a viable alternative to road and air transportation, in the context of energy scarcity, fuel prices and climate change.

“Offering wider terms for the use of export credits in the rail sector will contribute to the creation of new railway projects, as well as the rehabilitation of existing rail infrastructure, which will reduce road traffic congestion and related carbon emissions and help countries achieve their sustainable growth objectives” declared David Drysdale, head of the OECD export credit division.

More information is available on the OECD website.

ADVANCE Training Events

The ADVANCE project, funded under the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, intends to improve transport planning in European cities, by increasing the energy efficiency, while reducing the demand for transport. To this end, ADVANCE has set an ad-hoc, certified audit methodology and is now scheduling 10 national training events to prepare future Auditors.

Whether you are a mobility expert, a transport planner or a consultant, ADVANCE training will give you the opportunity to learn more about Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, as well as the ADVANCE Audit methodology. Training will take place in Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden between February and March 2014.

For further information and registration, visit the project website

CONDUITS KPIs for Traffic Management and ITS

A set of key performance indicators (KPIs) has been developed by the FP7 EU-funded CONDUITS project to raise awareness of the impact generated by traffic management measures and ITS solutions, applying a common approach in both the planning and post-deployment phases.

Collecting input from some 30 European cities and beyond, CONDUITS defined and tested a total of 13 KPIs across the main policy areas of traffic efficiency, pollution reduction, road safety, social inclusion and land use. On the basis of the identified KPIs, CONDUITS has also produced free-of-charge decision support tools, built with the objective of assisting decision makers in estimating the impact(s) of a particular measure.

For further information, please visit the project website.

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