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Why a Grand Societal Challenge?

A modern, economically competitive society faces the urgency for an efficient and environment-friendly transport network. The achievement of a green, integrated and thereby competitive transport system must lead the challenges for upcoming transport research and innovation activities. Solutions are needed for resource efficient transport respecting the environment; as mobility increases, less congestion and more safety and security are also required.

Specific activities outlined

-Resource efficient transport that respects the environment

•Making aircraft, vehicles and vessels cleaner and quieter will improve environmental performance and reduce perceived noise and vibration

•Developing smart equipment, infrastructures and services

•Improving transport and mobility in urban areas

-Better mobility, less congestion, more safety and security

A substantial reduction of traffic congestion

Substantial improvements in the mobility of people and freight

Developing and applying new concepts of freight transport and logistics

Reducing accident rates and fatal casualties and improving security

-Global leadership for the European transport industry

Developing the next generation of transport means as the way to secure market share in the future

On board, smart control systems

Advanced production processes

Exploring entirely new transport concepts

-Socio-economic research and forward looking activities for policy making

-Specific implementation aspects.

Documents and Materials

•the European Commission’s communication on the challenge

•reports on the (advisory/ consultation) workshops on the Horizon 2020 Common Strategic Framework

oJune 16 2011: with key stakeholders (transport associations)

oJuly 22 2011: with Member and Associated States.

Extra links

•Europe’s energy technology policy: the SET-Plan

•European Technology Platforms (ETPs)

•European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Smart Cities and Communities

•the Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)

•European Commission’s news on transport research.