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Responding to societal challenges

The 21st century faces us with challenges that require a collective European response: scarcity of resources, global warming, changing power balances and a rapidly ageing population concern all of us. Research helps to develop appropriate responses.

Research priorities

  • Decarbonising the transport system and the efficient use of natural resources mean eco-innovation in all transport modes and the further development of clean vehicles and vessels.
  • Transport is crucial for social inclusion. The optimisation of efficiency and safety of the transport system, making efficient use of infrastructure and network capacity are required to ensure safe and seamless mobility.
  • Strengthening the competitiveness of European transport industry through innovation, as competition from developed and emerging economies is intensifying in a global economy.