A Sustainable Future for Transport - Towards an Integrated, Technology-Led and User-Friendly System

Transport is a complex system that depends on multiple factors, including the pattern of human settlements and consumption, the organisation of production and the availability of infrastructure. Owing to this complexity, any intervention in the transport sector must be based on a long-term vision for the sustainable mobility of people and goods, not least because policies of a structural character take a long time to implement and must be planned well in advance. That is why transport policies for the next 10 years must be based on a reflection on the future of the transport system that embraces also the following decades. The Commission has launched such a reflection, comprising: an evaluation study on the European transport policy (ETP); a debate within three 'focus groups'; a study ('Transvisions') identifying possible low-carbon scenarios for transport; and a consultation of stakeholders, notably through a high-level stakeholders’ conference on 9 and 10 March 2009 (3). The present communication summarises the results of this wide reflection. In Section 2, it refers to recent developments of the ETP and outstanding issues. In Section 3, it looks at the future, identifying trends in transport drivers and the likely challenges they could pose to society. In Section 4, it proposes some intermediate policy objectives, which could be pursued to address the emerging challenges in the transport sector. In Section 5, it describes some available instruments and possible lines of intervention for achieving the stated objectives.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos;
  • Pagination: 32p

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  • Accession Number: 01142947
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9789279131141
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 26 2009 12:16PM