Sustainable freight transport is one of the core goals of the Common European Transport Policy. The European Comission is faced with a lot of different stakeholder groups and different proposals what should be done to achieve sustainable freight transport. It is difficult to establish action plans relevant stakeholders are committed to.
This project has developed a long term vision, robust and adaptive actions both for transport and technology policy and transport energy use for sustainable long distance freight transport. A foresight process has been implemented to achieve stakeholders' support for the vision and action plan. TSU's role involved analysis of EU and national policies and developing a vision of freight transport to 2050.
The vision for 2050 is as follows:
- Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to be reduced by 20, 70, 80 per cent by 2020, 2035 and 2050, respectively (base-year: 2005);
- Fossil fuel dependency is to reduced to 80, 60 and 40 per cent by 2020, 2035 and 2050, respectively;
- Accidents to be reduced by 40, 65 and 80 per cent by 2020, 2035 and 2050, respectively (base-year: 2005); and
- Congestion is to be reduced by 13, 26 and 40 per cent by 2020, 2035 and 2050, respectively (base-year: 2005).
For the details of the action plan recommended by the Project Team, please refer to the final Management Summary IV - Vision and Action Plan on the Freightvision - Freight Transport Foresight 2050 website.
The deliverables of the project will be published as a book by Elsevier during 2010. Dr Nihan Akyelken has presented a paper on the 'Political Economy Perspective on Climate Change, Trade and Transport' relevant for the project at the 1st Euro-NECTAR Conference, School of Public Policy, George Mason University, Arlington, VA, USA in June 2009. The paper will be published in a special NECTAR book on Transport and Economic Development Challenges.