Innovation: Transforming European Transport Through An Active Actors Forum

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In 2011 the European Commission issued the White Paper "Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area - Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system" which spells out ten goals to be achieved by 2050. The TRANSFORuM project contributes to this transformation process, in particular to the implementation of the following four key goals of the Transport White Paper:

• Clean Urban Transport and CO2-free city logistics (goal 1)
• Shift of road freight to rail and waterborne transport (goal 3)
• Complete and maintain the European high?speed rail network (goal 4)
• European multimodal information, management and payment system (goal 8)

TRANSFORuM engages key actors in various stakeholder forums in order to determine bottleneck factors, the need for policy interventions and to identify options for synergistic co-operation among them. “Stakeholders” are actors who are directly involved in the implementation of innovative policies and measures. This includes representatives of networks and initiatives which are already strongly involved in shaping European transport policy as well as “emerging” actors.

TRANSFORuM is run by a consortium of well?connected but independent and experienced policy advisers and researchers from across Europe, who offer a fresh approach to this task. The project’s overarching concept is based on proven consultation techniques revolving around a synergistic combination of ten moderated workshops, qualitative in-depth interviews and a set of online discussion tools. The consortium’s eleven partners are all widely acknowledged experts in their field and pursue a carefully orchestrated division of labour, structured into four thematic groups and seven cross-cutting work packages.

PROJECT GOALS:

TRANSFORuM will contribute to the transformation of the European transport system towards more competitiveness and resource-efficiency. It does so by engaging key stakeholders in carefully moderated forum activities and through other consultation measures in order to identify their views about the challenges, barriers, trends, opportunities and win-win potentials in shaping the future European transport system.
TRANSFORuM follows a systematic step-wise approach to build up towards its final outputs (roadmaps, recommendations and a strategic outlook). This workflow is organised into separate but dovetailed work-packages.

We start with a thorough analysis of the current situation by examining the contemporary context within which all stakeholders in the European transport area operate. This includes policy frameworks, funding opportunities, important actors and overarching trends. These tasks are organised in work-package 3, which is led by AustriaTech.

These results feed into work-package 4, the analysis of challenges and barriers and an investigation of how these could be overcome. These and all other findings and conclusions will be presented to stakeholders in order to test, verify and sharpen their validity and relevance. The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute is leading this set of tasks.

"Transformation is possible" is the main heading for the following work-package (no. 5) in TRANSFORuM’s overall workflow. A team at the University of Oxford will extract lessons from some of Europe’s best practice cases in order to demonstrate that and how significant change in the right direction and at the required speed is necessary.
TRANSFORuM provides a platform for stakeholders of all areas of the European Transport sector to develop a common view and strategies of how four key goals of the 2011 White Paper on Transport can be achieved. Our underlying assumptions are that policy making should be based on an in-depth understanding of all stakeholders positions and that co-ordinated action is more effective than solo attempts. TRANSFORuM focusses on the following four key goals of the White Paper:

Urban Mobility
Halve the use of conventionally fuelled cars in urban transport by 2030; phase them out in cities by 2050. Achieve essentially CO2-free city logistics in major urban centres by 2030.

Freight
Thirty per cent of road freight over 300 km should shift to other modes such as rail or waterborne transport by 2030, and more than 50 % by 2050, facilitated by efficient and green freight corridors. To meet this goal will also require appropriate infrastructure to be developed.

Highspeed Rail
By 2050, complete a European high-speed rail network. Triple the length of the existing high-speed rail network by 2030 and maintain a dense railway network in all Member States. By 2050 the majority of medium-distance passenger transport should go by rail.

ITS
By 2020, establish the framework for a European multimodal transport information, management and payment system. ITS stands for Intelligent Transportation System.


Ultimately, we will develop a roadmap for the implementation of these White Paper goals, combined with a strategic outlook and concrete recommendations for policy and implementers. The process towards these outputs is based on a set of interlinked steps, starting with

- an analysis of the current situation (policies, funding mechanisms, actors, trends),

- followed by the identification of main challenges and barriers and

- lastly, an in-depth description of contemporary best practice under the heading “Transformation is possible!”

All of these steps and final outputs will have to be based on the views of and reality-tested by the key actors in all of the above areas. Therefore, TRANSFORuM brings together a comprehensive sample of these stakeholders in a series of face-to-face events, validates their results through targeted interviews and stimulates and moderates lively online discussions.

The project’s key outputs will be a dovetailed set of the following documents, all of which will be based on stakeholder input and written with a clear focus on practical and political relevance:

Roadmaps will show feasible pathways for reaching short- to mid-term goals (to 2030). Their target audience includes companies, technology platforms, research and innovation communities, public sector organisations and the European Commission itself as an important catalyst for action. They will provide:
• An analysis of the status quo
• descriptions of measures to be taken
• timetables with milestones
• indicators of progress/success
• actors to be involved
• required resources and financing schemes
• remaining open issues to be solved in further activities.

Recommendations to translate the technical and thematic information of the roadmaps into concrete steps to be taken by policy makers, industry leaders, NGOs and other decision makers.
A detailed strategic outlook with a long-term perspective (2030-2050). It will replicate the structure of the roadmap but will have a "vision" character, illustrating a possible European transport system of 2050.
TRANSFORuM has built-in mechanisms to disseminate these results to a wide audience through attractively produced, freely and conveniently accessible documents, online platforms, internal and external mailing lists, personal contacts, social media, live presentations etc.

If you have any comments or questions on TRANSFORuM or if you would like to nominate yourself (your company or organisation) – or someone else – as stakeholder in the above sense please get in touch.

This innovation is the result of the project

Title: Transforming European Transport Through An Active Actors Forum

Acronym: 
TRANSFORUM

Runtime: 
01.02.2013 to 31.01.2015

Status: 
on-going project

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RUPPRECHT CONSULT GMBH

(Germany)

Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: Dr. BRAND Ralf

Phone: +49-22160605515

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AUSTRIATECH - GESELLSCHAFT DES BUNDES FUR TECHNOLOGIEPOLITISCHE MASSNAHMEN GMBH

(Austria)

Contact person: Dr. KRESSLER Florian

Phone: +43-1263344425

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

(France)

Contact person: Dr. TOUTOIS Pascaline

Phone: +33-472445690

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CENTRUM DOPRAVNIHO VYZKUMU V.V.I.

(Czech Republic)

Contact person: Mrs. VESELA Jirina

Phone: +420-548423718

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DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

(Denmark)

Contact person: Prof. HEDEGAARD SARENSEN Claus

Website: http://www.dtu.dk

Phone: +45-45256500

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INSTITUT D ETUDES POLITIQUES DE LYON

(France)

Contact person: Mrs. LE NOAN Christine

Phone: +33-0437283800

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KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

(Germany)

Contact person: Ms. SCHOTT Irina

Phone: +49-72160825414

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KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

(Sweden)

Contact person: Mr. GRAFEUILLE Juan

Phone: +46-87908312

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STATENS VAG- OCH TRANSPORTFORSKNINGSINSTITUT

(Sweden)

Contact person: Dr. FORWARD Sonja

Phone: +46-13204133

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THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

(United Kingdom)

Contact person: Ms. PIALEK Linda

Website: http://www.ox.ac.uk

Phone: +44-1865289800

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TRANSPORTOKONOMISK INSTITUTT

(Norway)

Contact person: Dr. DOTTERUD LEIREN Merethe

Phone: +47-22573800

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UNIWERSYTET GDANSKI

(Poland)

Contact person: Dr. CZERMANSKI Ernest

Phone: +48-585231389

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