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EU Mobility Week 2012 Launches Initiative to Accelerate Uptake of New Transport Technology

18 September 2012: European citizens are celebrating European Mobility Week 2012 under the theme “moving in the right direction,” to encourage public transport. During the week, the European Commission launched an initiative to coordinate transport research and innovation to accelerate adoption of technologies in Europe. 

The new initiative on transport and innovation aims to develop roadmaps for innovation and development in ten areas: smart road vehicles; smart aircraft; smart vessels; smart rail vehicles; smart, green, low-maintenance and climate-resilient infrastructure; alternative fuel distribution infrastructure; efficient modal traffic management systems; integrated cross-modal information and management services; seamless logistics; and integrated and innovative urban mobility and transport. European Mobility Week and the transport and innovation initiative aim in part to address the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of transport, 95% of which is currently dependent on fossil fuel.

The European Commission also used the week to launch a public consultation on the development of the EU's urban transport policy. The consultation will last from 17 September to 10 December 2012, and will provide the basis for identifying how EU policy can complement local action. Among issues to be addressed are the development of sustainable urban mobility plans, access restriction schemes and moving towards zero-emission urban logistics.

The week is taking place from 16-22 September 2012. [EU Press Release: Transport and Innovation] [EU Press Release: Research and Innovation] [EU Press Release: European Mobility Week 2012] [EU Press Release: Urban Transport] [EU Press Release: The Urban Dimension of EU Transport Policy] [EEA Press Release]