A covenant of halflings? developing a roadmap for the european urban transport goal

Henrik Gudmundsson, Jens Schippl, Karen Anderton, Merethe Dotterud Leiren, Claus Hedegaard Sørensen, Ralf Brand

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    Abstract

    In the 2011 Transport Policy White Paper, the European Commission introduced ten goals for a more competitive and resource efficient transport system. One of the goal concerns urban transport, with the dual targets: “To halve the use of ‘conventionally-fuelled’ cars in urban transport by 2030; and to phase them out by 2050; and “To achieve ‘essentially CO2- free city logistics’ in major urban centres by 2030.” This paper describes how the EU FP7 project TRANSFORUM conducted a stakeholder-driven process to produce a roadmap for the urban transport goal. A main conclusion was that the implementation of a roadmap for urban transport needs to adopt a broad and open approach, given the diversity among member states and cities across Europe. Also it was found that replacing conventional vehicles and fuels is an important but not sufficient strategy to reach the goal. A roadmap to reach towards the ‘halving’ goal would need to engage many cities in shared political commitments to generate a stronger momentum for change. The notion of a ‘Covenant of Halflings’ would be one way to express this need.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of WCTR SIG G3 : International Conference Climate Change Targets and Urban Transport Policy
    Number of pages21
    Publication date2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventInternational Conference on Climate ChangeTargets & Urban Transport Policy 2015 - University of Malta, Valletta Campus, Valletta, Malta
    Duration: 13 Apr 201514 Apr 2015

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Climate ChangeTargets & Urban Transport Policy 2015
    LocationUniversity of Malta, Valletta Campus
    CountryMalta
    CityValletta
    Period13/04/201514/04/2015
    OtherPart of the World Conference on Transport Research Society

    Keywords

    • EU White Paper
    • Urban Transport
    • Roadmap
    • Goal
    • Halving
    • CO2

    Cite this

    Gudmundsson, H., Schippl, J., Anderton, K., Leiren, M. D., Sørensen, C. H., & Brand, R. (2015). A covenant of halflings? developing a roadmap for the european urban transport goal. In Proceedings of WCTR SIG G3: International Conference Climate Change Targets and Urban Transport Policy