Eurada News nº392 – September 2019

Save the date! Infoday on Sustainable Transport​

Big changes are being undergone in the transport sector through the H2020 programme. Transport represents a high percentage of the greenhouse gas emissions nowadays and measures are being taken to introduce sustainable tourism. With such big changes, security and other aspects cannot be overlooked.

On the 7th of October, an Information Day on H2020 Transport will take place in Brussels. Registrations are still open (not for the Brokerage Session). Here you can find the draft agenda and the H2020 Transport Work Programme. The main topics and calls discussed will be the following:

     1. Mobility for Growth, mainly:

a.       Building A Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Future: Low-Carbon and Sustainable Transport;

b.       Safe, Integrated and Resilient Transport Systems;

c.       Global Leadership and Competitiveness;

d.       Accounting for The People;

e.       Blue Growth.

           2. Automated Road Transport: Digitising and Transforming European Industry and Services.

           3. Green Vehicles: Building a Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Future.

Mobility for Growth

Transport is changing at a very fast pace as a result of many factors. These regard to technological innovation such as digitalisation, infrastructure, logistics operation, amongst many others; also, to important socio-economic trends (urbanisation, ageing population, etc.); to global targets and international competitiveness on the European transport industry; new operations and business models which are based on more connectivity between infrastructure, transport means, travellers and goods. All of them can contribute to a smooth door-to-door mobility.

Solutions will of course have to address the new challenges and, in a systemic way, transport means, infrastructure and operation models. Solutions will have to be integrated in an easy European transport system of smart connected mobility, both for passengers and freight. The climate and environment impact will have to be significantly reduced. The approach will be user-centred for the evolving needs of transport users. The impact of the transport system has to be acknowledged in a broad way, not taking only into account users, but also non-users in cities and regions.

The contents of the ‘Mobility for Growth’ call have been structured as follows:

           1. ‘Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Low-carbon and sustainable transport:

a.       Transport represents almost a quarter of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions;

b.       Research and innovation activities will support the transition towards zero-emission and quieter mobility.

           2. Safe, integrated and resilient transport systems:

a.       Need of further knowledge on safety in relation to accident response and to the new mobility environment.

           3. Global leadership and competitiveness:

a.       Actions must maintain and extend the European industrial leadership worldwide.

           4. Accounting for the people:

a.       To create innovative and inclusive digital travel environment improving accessibility, travel experience and citizen well-being.

           5. Blue growth:

a.       Actions regarding pollution of the ocean.

Automated Road Transport

This call aims to promote a wide market introduction of highly automated driving systems. It will focus on large-scale demonstration testing both performance and safety of these innovative and highly automated driving systems

The test of the use of digital connectivity as well as satellite navigation technologies will be demonstrated for optimised connected and automated driving functions. Communication and cooperation of automated vehicles with other vehicles, infrastructure and other road users can increase the safety, comfort, productivity and the enabling of innovative business models of automated vehicles and improve the efficiency of the overall transport system.

As well as contributing to more road safety, actions must also help improving traffic flows, decrease congestion, make fuel more efficient and reduce carbon emissions.

Green vehicles

This call focuses on critical aspects supporting a massive introduction of electrified vehicles. These aspects are the following: the architecture and components regarding the coming of electrified vehicles; the improvement of the recharging process from the point of view of the end-users; the support of competitiveness of European industries; the address of the urban dimension of introducing electrified vehicles. This call regards only road transport.

The principal impact of the research will be the promotion of the development of a new generation of electric vehicles that meets customer expectations, progress and demonstration in urban and regional electric vehicles. The call aims to find a wider user acceptance and accessibility.

In case of interest, we insist on checking the work programme. This Infoday is an important opportunity for your agency to take part in such actions. 

Written by Roser Torres Moscad, Project Officer at EURADA