Transport and mobility are one of the core areas that can help achieve the goals set by the European Green Deal and the European Union’s digital strategy. While the green transition in transport is driven by the need to drastically reduce emissions and increase energy independence, the digital transition is instead an ongoing process driven by the advent of new or disruptive technologies. When integrated and implemented holistically, digital technologies can support green solutions and bring substantial benefits. Combined research and innovation activities are essential to move this interlinked transition forward. This policy brief aims to overview recent EU-funded research actions in transport and mobility.

The transport sector contributes to more than 25% of the greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. With the ambitious targets of the European Green Deal [1] to reduce emissions by 2050, several challenges arise to achieve these goals. Additionally, with the Europe fit for the digital age [2] priority, the European Union (EU) aims to strengthen digital technologies while also directly supporting the green transition. For transport, the green and digital transition priorities are set out in the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy [3], which defines clear milestones for transport to become smart and sustainable.

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Source: European Commission / TRIMIS