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March 2014

 
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We are pleased to bring you the latest Transport Research and Innovation news for the month of March. Our Newsletter features updates, opportunities and events from the TRIP project, the EU Institutions and the community of research.

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New project profiles

See the latest project profiles available in our searchable database, containing 7 477 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

TRIP Lands on Twitter

Two Thematic Publications Now Available in French and German

News from the EU Institutions

Call for Tenders: Public Environmental Modelling Suite for Aviation

Coordinators of the TEN-T Network Appointed

TEN-T Network: 12 billion € for Projects in the Transport Sector

New Deal on Emergency Calls

Workshop on Jobs and Working Conditions in Transport

Smart Cities and Communities: Invitation for Commitments Now Open

News from the Transport Research & Innovation Community

 

TRA 2014 Full Programme Now Available

CIVITAS CAPITAL: Call for Sustainable Mobility Projects

SHIFT²RAIL: EU Council in favor of SHIFT²RAIL Joint Undertaking

ERTRAC Publishes New Roadmap on Energy Carriers for Powertrains

Romanian Cities to Cope with Urban Mobility Challenges

News from TRIP

TRIP Lands on Twitter

Looking for more updates on transport research? TRIP is now ready to communicate innovations in transport with an even faster channel: follow us on Twitter! You can find us @TRIP_Portal.

 

Two Thematic Publications Now Available in French and German

The TRIP Portal has released two additional Thematic Research Summaries in French and German:

•  “Awareness, information and user rights” is now available in French and German. The publication looks at FP6 and FP7 projects, as well as studies financed by DG MOVE, focused on communication, information, passenger's rights and other behavioural aspects in the mobility field.

•  “Water Transport” is now available in French. The Summary illustrates the state-of-the-art in maritime transport research, hosting a selection of research projects financed under the FP6 and FP7, the TEN-T programme including Motorways of the Seas and other EU financed programmes, such as the MED and Marco Polo Programmes.

All Thematic Research Summaries have been produced in electronic format only and can be freely downloaded from the TRIP website.

 
News from the European Institutions

Call for Tenders: Public Environmental Modelling Suite for Aviation

The EC has launched a Call for Tenders on a “Service provision towards the development of a public European environmental modelling suite for aviation”. The service aims at complementing and improving the set of publicly available aviation environmental models by collecting data and developing new modelling methodologies and associated reference data in support to policymakers.

The service will contribute to the development of EU policies and will be framed in the context of international discussions with other leading actors, such as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Applications can be submitted until 14 May 2014. More details on the Call can be found on the EC website.

Coordinators of the TEN-T Network Appointed

The EC is moving forward in the way to implement its core transport infrastructure, as proven by the recent appointment of 11 European coordinators in charge of overseeing priority transport projects and reporting back to the Commission.

Selected in agreement with the EU Member States and the European Parliament, the coordinators will supervise the nine core network corridors, plus t wo horizontal priorities: the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and Motorways of the Sea.

The role will support the creation of a strategic infrastructure for a more integrated, competitive, and sustainable European transport.

More information and the full list of Coordinators is available on the EC website.

TEN-T Network: 12 billion € for Projects in the Transport Sector

Together with the nomination of TEN-T Network Coordinators, more news is marking the progress of the core infrastructures' realisation: EU Member States agreed to allocate 12 billion € for key projects of the nine core network corridors, a first tranche of the 26 billion € foreseen for infrastructure projects over the period 2014 – 2020.

Vice-President Kallas welcomed the budget allocation, highlighting that “the value added by investing in genuinely European infrastructure will become plainly visible to investors, transport users and citizens".

This major financial investment will help in achieving main transport policy objectives, enhancing interoperability, promoting inter-modality and boosting innovation.

More details can be found on the EC website.

New Deal on Emergency Calls

The European Parliament and the Council found an agreement to establish response centres for managing the 112 eCalls, a system that automatically dials the EU emergency number (112) in the event of serious accidents.

The system's relevance can be explained through some figures: the eCall is estimated to speed emergency response times up to 40% in urban areas and 50% in the countryside, reduce fatalities by at least 4% and the number of severe injuries by 6%. Vice-President Kallas welcomed the deal as a necessary step for safer European transport.

More information is available on the EC website.

Workshop on Jobs and Working Conditions in Transport

On 3 April, the European Commission (DG?) will organise a workshop on “Trends and prospects of jobs and working conditions in transport”, to take a closer look at the job market in the transport sector. The event will present provisional results of a study assessing the sufficiency of labour and skills supply in transport up to 2020, with particular reference to the risks of critical skill shortages.

The workshop will open discussions on viable solutions to avoid a shortage of skills, likely caused by ageing, lack of training or unattractive working conditions.

Further information and the event's agenda are available on the EC website.

Smart Cities and Communities: Invitation for Commitments Now Open

As pre-announced in February's TRIP Newsletter, on 28 February the EC launched an “Invitation for Commitments” to collect feedback from cities and their industry partners on how to make cities smarter. The EC will accept inputs until mid-June. The Commission will then seek to analyse, group and promote the best plans and initiatives.

The initiative is led by the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC), an alliance joining together cities, industry and citizens to improve urban life through more sustainable, integrated solutions at the interface of energy, transport and ICT technologies and infrastructures.

Expressing an Invitation for Commitments will enable cities to actively engage in the EIP-SCC, having the possibility to learn and network with other communities and stakeholders from all across Europe. At the same time, the Commitments will provide the EC with a better understanding of ambitions, barriers and needs of cities willing to become smarter.

More information can be found on the EC website.

News from the Transport Research Community

TRA 2014 Full Programme Now Available

The upcoming Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 has finalised its four-day programme. Taking place in Paris on 14 – 17 April, the biannual event will count on the presence of high-level speakers and the attendance of more than 2000 experts and researchers from all areas of surface transport and transport-related activities.

TRA will give room to discuss transport with a multi-dimension approach, exploring amongst others, the potential of ICT, the environmental impact of transport, novelties coming from the market and funding opportunities for the sector.

The conference's complete programme is available on the TRA website.

CIVITAS CAPITAL: Call for Sustainable Mobility Projects

CIVITAS CAPITAL, the European initiative in support of sustainable urban mobility, launched the first of its 4 calls, offering a total of 120 000 € to co-fund (50%) urban mobility projects. Opened until 4 April, the current call is conceived to transfer successful measures from “pioneer” to ”take-up” cities.

The call proposes four levels of participation, ranging from an initial inspiration to a systematic transfer of actions related to sustainable urban mobility. Three to five projects are expected to be co-funded per each take-up level.

Further information on the focal areas, the types of partners and activities is available on the CIVITAS website.

SHIFT²RAIL: EU Council in favor of SHIFT²RAIL Joint Undertaking

SHIFT²RAIL is an ambitious EC initiative to enhance the capacity, reliability and quality of the European rail system in a cost-effective manner, welcomed the favorable position adopted by the Council of the European Union, on the regulation establishing the SHIFT²RAIL Joint Undertaking.

The Council's position constitutes a progress in the realisation of a Joint Undertaking for Rail Research, which will now be examined by the European Parliament. With a 920 € million budget co-financed by the EU and the private sector under the Horizon2020 programme, SHIFT²RAIL is designed to encompass research, innovation and demonstration activities in all aspects of the rail system.

Further information on the initiative can be found on the initiative's website.

ERTRAC Publishes A New Roadmap on Energy Carriers for Powertrains

The European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) has released a new roadmap, presenting an overview of energy carriers and production routes that offer significant potential to contribute to decarbonisation of the transport system's energy supply, in view of the 2050 energy saving target of a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions from transport.

Reviewing alternative technology options and taking into account specific R&D needs, the roadmap confirms that achieving such an energy saving target is a challenging, yet reachable goal.

The publication can be downloaded on the ERTRAC website.

Romanian Cities to Cope with Urban Mobility Challenges

On 8 - 9 April, Alba Lulia (Romania) will host a Forum for Sustainable Mobility and Metropolitan Development, gathering local, regional and national stakeholders to reflect on how urban mobility can become more sustainable in Romania.

Poorly planned public transport, increasing use of personal vehicles and unpopularity of walking and cycling are mining the opportunity of a green urban mobility. Participants will reflect on structural, regulatory and administrative improvements, taking inspiration from best practices in Europe.

More information is available here.

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