Decarbonising Transport in Europe
The "Decarbonising Transport in Europe" (DTEU) project aims to help the European Union to achieve its CO2 reduction ambitions for the transport sector. The project provides European policy makers with better quantitative evidence on the actual impact of CO2 mitigation measures. The ITF is developing a suite of advanced models of transport activity in Europe as part of the project. This will allow decision makers to select the most effective policy measures and identify realistic pathways towards decarbonising transport to 2050.
The DTEU project also encompasses a systematic and inclusive policy dialogue. European transport stakeholders discuss the modelling results regarding the effectiveness of mitigation measures. This dialogue aims to encourage the implementation of collectively-developed mitigation pathways among European governments, companies, sectoral organisations, multilateral development banks and research institutions.
A final ITF project publication offering recommendations will be published in June 2021. For intermediate outputs, see the links below.
Final project event, 10-11 December 2020
The final project event explored two scenarios to decarbonise transport in Europe. It discussed their implementation feasibility and evaluated the policy implications with a wide range of stakeholders. Several sessions over this two-day event highlighted results from the work, funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme.
The following documents informed the discussions of the final event:
All project outputs are available here.
Fourth expert workshop on setting scenarios for urban transport and related CO2 measures: 25-26 June 2020
The second of two expert workshops focused on defining relevant transport CO2 reduction scenarios for urban travel, covering both passenger and freight transport. About 40 transport experts representing academia, cities, government, NGOs and global industry players participated. The ITF presented the latest developments on their in-house transport models, including how transport CO2 mitigation measures identified during the previous workshops were incorporated into the models. Workshop participants presented their perspective on urban transport and the impact of policy measures and technology trends on the transport system. Finally, participants worked in groups on several scenario-building exercises providing relevant inputs and ideas to take forward in the definition of transport CO2 reduction scenarios for Europe that will be established for this project and more generally to enrich the worldwide models of the ITF.
Third expert workshop on setting scenarios for non-urban transport and related CO2 measures: 16-17 April 2020
The second round of expert workshops are focusing on defining relevant transport CO2 reduction scenarios. The first of two workshops that will be held in this respect took place on 16-17 April and focused on non-urban travel, covering both passenger and freight transport. The workshop took place online, due to the Covid-19 global health crisis and related travel restrictions. Around 30 transport experts representing academia, government, NGOs and global industry players participated. The ITF presented the latest developments on their in-house transport models, including how transport CO2 mitigation measures identified during the previous workshops were incorporated into the models. Workshop participants presented results of their in-house models and scenario building exercises, including underlying policy assumptions. Finally, participants worked in groups on several scenario-building exercises that provide ITF with relevant inputs and ideas to take forward in the definition of transport CO2 reduction scenarios for Europe that will be established for this project.
Second model development workshop on international transport: 8-9 April 2019
On 8-9 April 2019, the ITF held a second expert workshop to support the modelling activities being carried out for the DTEU project. The ITF welcomed around 20 participants from academia, research institutes, industry, non-governmental organisations, government bodies and the European Commission for this workshop. Participants offered insights regarding the most relevant mitigation measures for EU policymakers in decarbonising international passenger and freight transport, and how these measures could be incorporated into the ITF’s respective models. They also provided input regarding important technological, logistical, and trade-related trends that the ITF should consider in modelling international passenger and freight transport to 2050, and pointed the ITF to literature and data sources that will be useful in improving the resolution and relevance of the ITF’s models with respect to decarbonising international transport flows in the European context.
First model development workshop on urban transport: February 2019
As part of the model development phase of the DTEU project, the ITF held the first of two expert workshops in Paris, France, on 31 January and 1 February 2019 (photo). Approximately thirty participants joined from academia, research institutes, and government bodies. Substantive discussions centred on mitigation measures for decarbonising passenger and freight transport in urban areas, as well as how best to incorporate these measures into the ITF’s urban modelling framework. Insights pertained to the composition of optimal policy portfolios, the need to consider current energy production mixes in evaluating mitigation measures, and the scope for interaction effects between measures. Participants also identified relevant literature and data sources, and shared ideas on how to enhance the ITF’s urban passenger and freight models.
The DTEU project is part of ITF's Decarbonising Transport initiative.
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