EU-funded project strives to transform transport, cut emissions

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An airplane lands at Heathrow airport in London, Britain. TransformingTransport partners cover road transport, railways, inland water and sea transport, air transport, warehousing and courier activities.

Mobility and logistics to boost savings and efficiency


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Partners from Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom are collaborating through an EU-funded project to transform transport across Europe through mobility and logistics while cutting emissions and improving efficiency.

The Horizon 2020 Big Data Value Lighthouse project TransformingTransport will show concrete, measurable and verifiable evidence of data value that can be achieved in mobility and logistics, it said in a press release on February 23.

With a budget of €18.7 million and the participation of 47 organisations from 9 countries led by Indra, TransformingTransport noted that it will include 13 large-scale piloting and targeted demonstrations across the continent, involving state-of-the-art Big Data technologies.

While business and tourism travel is expected to grow significantly over the next decades, freight transport is slated to increase by 40 % in 2030, requiring a paradigm shift in the way transport and logistics are conducted. At the same time, climate change regulations and the imperative reduction in emissions is putting enormous pressure on finding a more efficient and more sustainable transport paradigm.

The Horizon 2020 Big Data Value Lighthouse project TransformingTransport represents a consortium of 47 leading transport, logistics and information technology stakeholders in Europe.

“TransformingTransport operates on a budget of 18.7 million euro and will run for 30 months starting 1 January 2017,” project coordinator Rodrigo Castiñeira (Indra) said.

“To achieve its aims, TransformingTransport brings together partners from Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK,” he added.

TransformingTransport technical coordinator Andreas Metzger explained that the project partners provide extensive and complementary expertise in transport and logistics, as well as information technology.

“Partners cover all relevant transport sectors and markets, including road transport, railways, inland water and sea transport, air transport, warehousing and courier activities. Important information technology areas covered include large-scale data analytics, software engineering, and security,” he said.

Under the premise of ‘Big Data Value in Mobility and Logistics’, TransformingTransport said in the press release that it would look at how the massive amounts of data being generated from the sector can effectively be exploited in cutting-edge ways to support this transformation. Keeping in mind that the mobility and logistics sector contributes to about 15 % of DGP, the drive to properly harness Big Data is expected to lead to savings in fuel and time of over €450 billion on a global scale, as well as a 380-megaton reduction in Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions. In Europe, a 10% improvement in efficiency is expected to save the EU as much as €100 billion.

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