Vision and Action Plans for European Freight Trans.. (FREIGHTVISION)
Vision and Action Plans for European Freight Transport until 2050
Start date: Aug 14, 2008,
End date: Feb 13, 2010
In the next years and decades the European Union need to act on the following global challenges: How to ensure and increase economic growth whilst also reduce environmental emissions (mainly Co2) and dependence on fossil energy, when freight transport demand (in terms of transport performance) is expected to increase by around 50% between 2000 and 2020 in the EU-25 (Project ASSESS Final Report, 2005). In addition the transport sector faces the challenges to reduce accidents and to avoid congestion and other negative impacts on the environment and population. A lot of different stakeholder groups have created their proposals to achieve sustainable freight transport. Most of them address only part of the problem or focus on only one aspect of a solution. Following this advice leads to sub optimisation and less efficient solutions. A holistic approach is needed integrating all aspects of the problem (infrastructure, vehicles, fuels, interoperability etc.) and all types of criteria in the solution (research, technologies, policies and pricing). FREIGHTVISION will therefore: - Develop a long-term vision and robust and adaptive action plans both for transport and technology policy for sustainable long-distance freight transport, - which are supported as much as possible by the relevant stakeholders. To develop a vision and action plans we need to perform the following tasks: analyzing transport policy, technology development, and mega trends with regard to long-distance freight transport; integrating them into “do-nothing” forecasts, developing scenarios how to reach a desirable future and defining for this the vision and action plans. To achieve stakeholders’ support for the vision and action plans a FORESIGHT process will be implemented. For this purpose the FREIGHTVISION Forum will be established, involving representatives from the Advisory Councils, ERANET (Transport and Road), ministries, infrastructure operators, industries and lobbying organization.
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