Greening transport infrastructure
Transport infrastructure has the potential to impact on the environment in different ways. Its location and the way in which it is constructed have the potential to impact on the environment, particularly on habitats and biodiversity. Additionally, its design and location need to take account of the potential future impacts of climate change.
Transport infrastructure is also expensive. In times of limited public finances, and increasing environmental concerns around transport, it is important that public money supports transport infrastructure that improves the quality of the transport system, while at the same time being consistent with wider objectives, including those relating to the environment.
At the EU level, funds such as the Connecting Europe Facility and the cohesion funds, including the European Regional Development Fund, support the construction of infrastructure between and within EU countries. As with other public money, it is important that these funds support the development of infrastructure in a way that is consistent with wider objectives, including those relating to environmental protection.
TEPR has been involved in a number of relevant projects for the European Commission including:
TEPR is currently working on the following project:
- Mainstreaming the environment in EU transport funding, which aims to identify the extent to which different EU funds have supported sustainable transport and to understand the extent of the success (or otherwise) of the ways in which the various EU funds have taken account of environmental considerations.