GHG-TransPoRD - Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions of transport beyond 2020: linking R&D, transport policies and reduction targets was a research project co-financed by the European Commission under FP7.
The project aimed at developing an integrated European strategy that links R&D efforts with other policies and measures to achieve substantial GHG emission reductions in transport that are in line with the overall targets of the EU. As part of this strategy, the project proposed GHG reduction targets for transport as a whole as well as for each transport mode for 2020 and 2050.
The project backcast from existing GHG emission reduction targets set at the level of the overall economy to the contribution required from the transport sector. As a starting point GHG-TransPoRD described the European innovation system of the transport sector considering the global context as well. At the same time it analysed the GHG emission mitigation potentials offered by a broad portfolio of transport technologies and measures. The desk research was complemented by a model-based comparison of ambitious technology pathways with present policies and measures. This also revealed areas with a largely under-exploited mitigation potential. GHG-TransPoRD then further assessed the R&D and other measures that can mobilise additional reduction potentials so as to achieve GHG emission reductions in line with the overall EU strategy until 2050.
The project was supported by a Stakeholder Council and regular project workshops to communicate findings and invite the transport community to become involved. It participated to a cluster of EU research projects on the topic of mitigation of climate change impacts of transport.
The GHG-TransPoRD project run over 27 months starting in October 2009 and was coordinated by Fraunhofer ISI. Scientific work was carried out by a consortium of five partners involving TRT from Italy, EC IPTS from Spain, TML from Belgium, ITS – University of Leeds from the United Kingdom and Fraunhofer ISI from Germany.