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Exciting opportunities outlined in European Transport White Paper

Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area - Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system

At the end of 2011, the European Commission published a white paper on Transport.  It has adopted a roadmap of 40 concrete initiatives for the next decade to build a competitive transport system that will: 

  • increase mobility,
  • remove major barriers in key areas,
  • fuel growth and employment, 
  • dramatically reduce Europe's dependence on imported oil and
  • cut carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050.

Key goals

By 2050, key goals include

  • No more conventionally-fuelled cars in cities.
  • 40% use of sustainable low carbon fuels in aviation;
  • At least 40% cut in shipping emissions.
  • A 50% shift of medium distance intercity passenger and freight journeys from road to rail and waterborne transport.

All of these will contribute to a 60% cut in transport emissions by the middle of the century.

Exciting opportunities

Realisation of these goals will require at the very least:

  • a change in how transport services are delivered,
  • different business models,
  • changing consumer behaviour and expectations.  

Times they are a-changing

Already younger people find it natural to interact online and virtually via smart devices like phones and iPads/tablets - there is less propensity to travel to see each other when they are virtually co-located almost 24/7 anyway.  

Imagine how the demographics will be in 20-30 years time....for those who aren't even born yet...

  • What will the travelling world be like?  
  • What will tomorrow's consumer expectations be?  
  • How will they consume goods and services?  
  • Where will food be produced and how will we transport essential foodstuffs, never mind luxury items?
  • How will an electrified world develop?  
  • Will there be alternative, cleaner, safer, cheaper, more efficient methods of propulsion?

Consideration of these and similar questions represent a wealth of exciting opportunities for existing and new entrants to the market.

The EU's White Paper on Transport is a good place to start.

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