With demand for transportation projected to continue its growth trend in the years leading to 2050, with passenger traffic reaching a 50% increase over 2013 levels and freight transportation growing up to 80%, a newly published report from the European Environmental Agency (EEA) projects a challenging path towards harnessing transportation emissions and finding a new, sustainable model for the future.The report, part of the EEA’s ongoing Signals series which focuses on transport and mobility, provides an overview of the agency’s study of Europe’s transport sector which covers not only passenger traffic but road, air, rail, and sea freight transportation as well, offering a snapshot of our current situation and exploring the future to identify possible paths forward.

The report assesses a variety of aspects related to transportation, taking into account the rise of urbanization, changes in consumer habits and shopping patterns, international travel and shipment of goods in a globalized economy, the impact of new technological developments, and the relevance of national and EU-wide policies and legislation. The report also considers the impact of rising transportation emissions on the environment as well as the health of city inhabitants.

Exploring solutions through city planning, government actions, and technological and service developments, the report emphasizes the need for a multiplicity of efforts from both public and private sector actors. The development of a sustainable transportation sector is at the heart of one fo the six, in-depth mini-workshop discussions at the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities’ upcoming autumn forum in Turku (Oct. 5-7) where we will explore the development of Finland’s burgeoning Mobility as a Service field and the leading wave of electric vehicle solutions . 

Read the full report at the EEA’s website

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