Strategy and Goals

Why we need a transport strategy

The goal of making transport smarter, greener and more sustainable is extremely challenging and the longer it takes to get onto the right track, the more difficult it will be to achieve.

A more radical response from the research community is needed to adapt to paradigm shifts, the emergence of new disruptive technologies and changes in business, social and physical environments.

To this end, transport research and innovation strategies and vision, capable of responding to these new trends are crucial. Many different types of transport research will be required - from technology-driven research to trend-breach studies, issue-focused research, policy-evaluation studies and more.

The transport research and innovation strategy

The Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA) is the transport research and innovation strategy to address the sector's challenges.

This strategy follows a holistic approach to deeply transform the transport sector.

To this end, 7 relevant thematic areas have been identified:

Mobility package – STRIA: the seven Expert Group Reports

External experts have produced reports and a roadmap on each of these areas. (links above)

These reports are expanded in further detail in the Commission staff working document Towards clean, competitive and connected mobility: the contribution of Transport Research and Innovation to the Mobility Package.

These documents identify the measures that are needed to make the transition "towards clean, competitive and connected mobility for all" as identified in the communication Europe on the Move.

STRIA in the future

The strategy will span decades and implementing it will require the establishment of a governance structure involving EU institutions, Member States, local administrations and relevant stakeholder.

STRIA will also contribute to the 2011 Transport White Paper goals as well as the European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility adopted in June 2016.

Strategy goals of transport research and innovation

The issue

EU transport is 95% dependent on fossil fuels and accounts for 25% of EU greenhouse gas emissions.

The goal

The reduction of EU greenhouse gas emissions from transport-related activities, will contribute to the EU Energy and Climate targets for 2020 (so-called '20/20/20 targets'):

  • 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions;
  • 20% of EU energy from renewables and;
  • 20% improvement in energy efficiency.

These targets have been revised and set for 2030 (so called '40/27/27 targets')

  • 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions;
  • at least a 27% share of renewable energy consumption
  • at least 27% energy savings


The issue

Every year, there are more than 500,000 premature deaths from pollution in Europe. These deaths can be caused by particles, nitrogen oxides and ozone gas. The result is health and environmental damage worth billions of euro. In parallel, congestion is costing the EU 1% of its GDP every year.

The goal

To lower deaths as well as health and environmental damage, 60% of transport emissions should be reduced by 2050.


The issue

26,000 people die every year on European roads.

The goal

To reduce the number of people dying on European roads, fatalities should be halved by 2020 and reduced to zero by 2050.