INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS FOR SELF-DRIVE CARS

INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS – DEVELOPING THE RIGHT POLICY FRAMEWORK

There has been much discussion in the last couple of years about the potential for self-drive or autonomous vehicles, which can navigate without the need for a driver. While the widespread use of such vehicles is still a long way off, vehicles are increasingly becoming more intelligent. New vehicles are able to undertake basic actions and to interpret traffic control signals without the intervention of a driver. The potential advantages include increased road safety, and thus a reduction in accidents, increased efficiency with a reduction in travel times and reduced environmental impact. 

Read more

INTEGRATING THE ENVIRONMENT INTO EU TRANSPORT FUNDING

ENSURING THAT EU INVESTMENT IN TRANSPORT IS CONSISTENT WITH ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

The provision, development and maintenance of transport infrastructure – such as roads, railways, ports and airports – is important for society and the economy. However, using land for transport infrastructure inevitably means that it cannot be used for other purposes, including for nature and the ecosystem services that nature provides. There is therefore a balance to be struck between developing the transport network and protecting nature and, where possible, to develop infrastructure without adversely affecting nature. TEPR is currently working with Belgian consultancy Milieu on a project looking at the extent to which EU financial support for transport infrastructure is consistent with protecting the environment.

Read more

NEW CYCLING GUIDANCE FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES

NEW GUIDANCE BRINGS TOGETHER INFORMATION AND GOOD PRACTICES FROM AROUND EUROPE

Cycling is one of the cleanest, healthiest and most efficient forms of transport. Recently new guidance has been published online, which brings together national and local guidelines, as well as case studies, from around Europe. The guidance was produced for the European Commission (DG MOVE) by a consortium involving TEPR and FGM-AMOR, which was led by Ricardo Energy & Environment.

Read more

EVALUATION OF UK FUEL ECONOMY INFORMATION FOR CARS

ENSURING THAT CONSUMER INFORMATION ON THE FUEL ECONOMY AND CO2 EMISSIONS OF NEW CARS IS STILL RELEVANT

The provision of information to consumers is useful as it helps them to make informed decisions about new cars that they are considering buying. Information on the CO2 emissions and fuel economy of new cars helps buyers to understand the environmental and economic performance of different vehicles. Since 2001, UK legislation has required that information on the CO2 emissions and fuel economy of new cars is communicated to potential buyers on a car label, and via other means. As a result of subsequent developments, it was important to evaluate the legislation to ensure that it was still relevant to potential car buyers. In 2018 TEPR, with the LowCVP, evaluated the relevant legislation for the UK Department for Transport. This report has now been published.

Read more

GREEN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT FOR ROAD TRANSPORT

DEVELOPMENTS IN THE EU POLICY FRAMEWORK FOR GREEN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT IN TRANSPORT 

Already in 2019, there have been two significant developments in the EU policy framework that supports green public procurement for transport. First, the European Commission published new Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for transport. This was followed by the Council (representing the EU’s Member States) and the European Parliament reaching an agreement on the form of the revised Clean Vehicle Directive. TEPR supported the European Commission in the development of both of these initiatives. 

Read more

SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY VISION FOR 2050

  TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY SECTOR BY 2050 Europe’s cities are often congested, polluted and noisy places to be, largely due to high levels of road traffic. Inter-urban roads are also increasingly congested with the result that pollution and noise from road transport is becoming increasingly widespread in rural areas, which also adversely affects farmland, […]

MODAL SHIFT FOR CLEANER TRANSPORT

THE FUTURE OF EU MODAL SHIFT POLICY

In order to improve the environmental performance of transport, it is necessary to take a range of actions. The performance of vehicles and fuels needs to be improved, while the most appropriate mode of transport should be used for every journey. This means that more journeys should be undertaken with public transport and by walking and cycling. In short, policies need to promote modal shift.

Read more

INFORMING CONSUMERS OF CARS’ FUEL CONSUMPTION

PROVIDING INFORMATION ON THE FUEL ECONOMY AND CO2 EMISSIONS OF CARS IN THE UK

The fuel economy of cars is improving and certain measures are important in helping consumers make the right decisions about choosing their next car. Since 2001, a fuel economy label has to be placed on, or near new cars in car showrooms, and this information also needs to be provided to consumers in other ways. TEPR has been involved with the evaluation of the implementation of these actions in the UK.  

Read more

MEASURES TO FACILITATE AND ENCOURAGE CYCLING

TEPR - sustainable transport to the UK and Europe

CYCLING IN CITIES: DEVELOPING GUIDANCE FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Cycling is one of the cleanest and most efficient forms of transport. Recently the European Commission (DG MOVE) commissioned a study to produce guidelines to help promote cycling in the EU. TEPR is delighted to be working alongside FGM-AMOR with Ricardo Energy & Environment in developing these guidelines, which include the preparation of case studies from 20 cities across the EU.

Read more

TRANSPORT AND AIR QUALITY

REDUCING AIR POLLUTION FROM TRANSPORT – TIME TO CLEAR THE AIR!

With the UK’s Government’s new Clean Air Strategy expected soon, the Campaign for Better Transport has published a new report on reducing air pollution from transport. The report, co-authored by TEPR’s Ian Skinner, makes recommendations for national and local action.

Read more