European consumption experts today came out with a Research Agenda for making private transportation in Europe more sustainable. In light of the global climate crisis and rising prices for fossil fuels, the specialists advocate new priorities in exploring sustainable mobility futures.
In close collaboration, 100 mobility experts from all over Europe have developed a “Research Agenda for Sustainable Mobility in Europe”. They highlight five hot topics that they consider the most urgent for overcoming destructive side effects of current transportation modes.“Our attempt is to show what research is needed to progress towards a more sustainable transport system” explains Gerd Scholl, scientist at the Berlin-based Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW). “A prerequisite for the desired mobility transition is behavioral change. Future mobility will require a decrease in the number of trips, a decrease in distances to be travelled, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, the vast majority of people would not accept such a transition. Therefore, we see an overall need to explore what a positive vision of these perceived constraints could look like, and how it could be communicated to the general public.”
The agenda is the result of collaboration between mobility and consumption specialists from all over Europe. The research agenda has been developed by the European consortium CORPUS, which connects researchers and policy makers, in order to foster evidence-based policy-making in sustainable consumption. The agenda results from a series of three workshops dealing with current mobility trends and sustainability challenges, policy instruments and future visions for sustainable mobility.“It is a rare incident that such an intense collaboration of specialists addresses the future of mobility systems”, says Gerd Scholl. “The themes that we unveil in the research agenda are crucial for our common future. We call on European research policy to further intensify strategic research on sustainable mobility.”
- Finnish Ministry of the Environment, FI
Richard Harnisch | idw
World Conference On Regenerative Medicine 2015: Registration And Abstract Submission Now Open
25.03.2015 | Translational Centre for Regenerative Medicine (TRM) Leipzig
University presidents from all over the world meet in Hamburg
19.03.2015 | Körber-Stiftung
In an experiment at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, scientists precisely measured the temperature and structure of aluminum as...
The IPH presents a solution at HANNOVER MESSE 2015 to make ship traffic more reliable while decreasing the maintenance costs at the same time. In cooperation with project partners, the research institute from Hannover, Germany, has developed a sensor system which continuously monitors the condition of the marine gearbox, thus preventing breakdowns. Special feature: the monitoring system works wirelessly and energy-autonomously. The required electrical power is generated where it is needed – directly at the sensor.
As well as cars need to be certified regularly (in Germany by the TÜV – Technical Inspection Association), ships need to be inspected – if the powertrain stops...
When an earthquake hits, the faster first responders can get to an impacted area, the more likely infrastructure--and lives--can be saved.
The Atlantic overturning is one of Earth’s most important heat transport systems, pumping warm water northwards and cold water southwards. Also known as the Gulf Stream system, it is responsible for the mild climate in northwestern Europe.
Scientists now found evidence for a slowdown of the overturning – multiple lines of observation suggest that in recent decades, the current system has been...
Because they are regularly subjected to heavy vehicle traffic, emissions, moisture and salt, above- and underground parking garages, as well as bridges, frequently experience large areas of corrosion. Most inspection systems to date have only been capable of inspecting smaller surface areas.
From April 13 to April 17 at the Hannover Messe (hall 2, exhibit booth C16), engineers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP will be...
25.03.2015 | Event News
19.03.2015 | Event News
17.03.2015 | Event News
31.03.2015 | Life Sciences
31.03.2015 | Materials Sciences
31.03.2015 | Earth Sciences