For transport infrastructure to be cost-efficient and ready for future needs, adequate research and innovation (R&I) in this field is necessary. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of R&I in transport infrastructure. The assessment follows the methodology developed by the European Commission’s Transport Research and Information Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS). The report critically addresses research by thematic area and technologies, highlighting recent developments and future needs.
A student from the University of Bergamo talks about her hopes for safer, greener transport, and her support for the project U-MOB LIFE.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed EUR 7 billion of new financing. This includes support for new investment to improve social housing, clean energy and sustainable transport, telecommunications, health and education. The EIB also approved more than EUR 2.8 billion of new support for business investment through both direct financing and credit lines with local banks.
The EU is committed to the transformation towards a low-carbon economy as detailed in the 2050 long-term strategy. To produce a carbon-neutral, affordable and secure energy mix, all energy vectors – electricity, gas, heating & cooling – will have to evolve. New technology is already giving more options to consumers (e.g. transport and residential heating now employ workable alternatives to petrol and gas, respectively) and is physically linking the energy vectors – Power-to-Gas and Gas-to-Power. ‘Sector coupling’, the integration of energy end-use and supply sectors, could potentially reduce the costs of decarbonisation and improve energy efficiency.
This briefing is based on a range of EEA and Eionet work, and is intended to provide parliamentarians and the European Commission with a selection of key insights on the challenges for environmental sustainability.
Update: the summary of the Commission Decision, opinion of the Advisory Committee and the final Report of the Hearing Officer have been published in the Official Journal.
The European Commission has prohibited Siemens’ proposed acquisition of Alstom under the EU Merger Regulation. The merger would have harmed competition in markets for railway signalling systems and very high-speed trains. The parties did not offer remedies sufficient to address these concerns.
The clean energy transition is taking on a new dynamic in Europe and worldwide. “Energy efficiency first” and “global leadership in renewables” are at the centre of this transformation process. This requires strong policies, competitive businesses, technology innovation, investments and the involvement of the citizens. By addressing these topics and more, the annual World Sustainable Energy Days attract over 660 participants from over 50 countries each year.
The Transport and Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS) have published their latest status report on Transport Research and Innovation in the EU.
Ellen, the first all-electric ferry built in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Project E-Ferry, successfully completed its first voyage with passengers last week. The route was between the Danish ports of Fynshav, on the island of Als, and Soby, on the island of Aero.