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
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