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Aviation sector in COVID-19 turmoil: lack of EU coordination makes it impossible to recover

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 10 settembre 2020

Transport and Tourism Committee MEPs criticised national solo efforts in COVID-19 crisis that keep grounding European aviation, in a debate with Eurocontrol chief.The transport MEPs discussed on Wednesday with Director General of Eurocontrol Eamonn Brennan the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the European air traffic network as well as the state of play of the European air traffic management and Eurocontrol’s role in the future reform of the Single European Sky.MEPs described national solo efforts to manage the crisis as “utter chaos”, “a mess” and “unpredictable” and demand common standards and serious coordination on EU level, which would help to make the unprecedented situation more predictable for the transport sector. This includes the European aviation sector, where the situation keeps deteriorating with 60% loss of air passengers over the last six months and six million jobs at risk.The Eurocontrol Director General explained that not only airlines, but the full aviation value chain has been affected by the crisis. He added that the winter season outlook is very bleak for the airlines with further reductions of schedules expected. This is bad news for airports, airlines, air navigation service providers as well as ground handlers. The Members highlighted additionally that the support for airlines varies in different member states and a common response is needed to avoid massive lay-offs.The worldwide air traffic has faced 71% reduction paralysing also international trade. Eurocontrol predicts that the European aviation sector will achieve the air traffic level of 2019 only by 2024. “Trade will not continue unless we do something to help. In similar situations, it would be logical for governments to act the same way. The industry is looking for consistency of approach,” said Brennan explaining that many jobs are depending on this. “We need to get our act together, as Europe. European sky needs to be handled as one,” he added referring to the much-anticipated Single European Sky reform.The MEPs agreed with the Director General that the Single European Sky reform is also an opportunity for greening of aviation. The Committee is looking forward working on the proposal at the earliest opportunity, with Committee chair Karima Delli insisting on receiving the text before December.The Director General accentuated that the reform can deliver a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and urged the Parliament to support the reform as well as investing in aviation under the Green Deal. “Our objective is not to kill aviation but to reduce CO2 emissions,” he said adding that Europe needs a sustainable aviation industry, as already seen with the flow of goods during the pandemic.

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This week in Transport and Tourism Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 1 settembre 2020

Brussels Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 9.00 – 11.00 and 14.00-16.00, Thursday, 3 September 9.00 – 11.00 CEST
József Antall building, room 2Q2. Members of the Committee on Transport and Tourism will be able to participate remotely. The meeting will be livestreamed here (Parliament’s Multimedia Centre). Full agenda and all meeting documents are available here.
Debates Wednesday, 2 September 9.00 – 11.00
– Exchange of views with the European Commission on the temporary rules to reduce, waive or defer charges for the use of railway infrastructure during COVID-19 pandemic
14.00-16.00 – Exchange of views with Eurocontrol Director-General Eamonn Brennan on the impact of Covid-19 on European air traffic
– European Commission presentation of the proposals related to rail safety and interoperability within the Eurotunnel in the context of Brexit
Thursday, 3 September 9.00 – 11.00 – Discussion on the revision of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) guidelines – Establishing the InvestEU Programme: debate on draft opinion by Tom Berendsen (EPP, NL)
– Establishing a Recovery and Resilience Facility: debate on draft opinion by Roberts Zīle (ECR, LT)

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Transport and Tourism Committee insists on a budget line for sustainable tourism

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 20 luglio 2020

In an open letter addressed to EU leaders, Transport and Tourism Committee MEPs call for dedicated funding for sustainable tourism in the next long-term EU budget.The openopen letter letter states: “The Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism have been voicing their urgent concern since the very start of this crisis, naming the coordinated relaunch of the tourism sector at EU level an immediate strategic priority both for the EU institutions and for the Member States.”The Committee regrets that calls for a dedicated budget line towards sustainable tourism have been repeatedly ignored.“At this crucial stage of negotiations on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, and on the eve of the European Council meeting on July 17-18, the Members of Committee on Transport and Tourism call upon the EU Presidency and on each and every one of you, to reconsider how a dedicated budget line on sustainable tourism in the next multiannual financial framework could achieve a very significant difference for the sector,” adds the letter. “We recall here that the European Parliament’s mandate in the MFF negotiations specifically included a EUR 300 million allocation, earmarked towards sustainable tourism.”The letter explains that thousands of companies in the tourism sector are facing insolvency and many others are barely staying afloat. In some EU countries, this has led to significant decreases in the country’s GDP and tax income. It also underlines that while allocating funds to tourism from various funds is commendable, it does little to help micro-enterprises and SMEs, as they struggle to understand the myriad of different funding opportunities and how to access them.

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Reform of road transport sector: press conference

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 luglio 2020

Brussels Thursday, 9 July at 10:00Anna Politkovskaya pressroom and via Skype. Rapporteurs Kateřina Konečná, Henna Virkkunen and Ismail Ertug will hold a press conference on reforms to provide clarity on posting of drivers, improve drivers’ working conditions and fight illegal practices.MEPs will vote on Wednesday evening on amendments to the mobility package of revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ rest times and better enforcement of cabotage rules (i.e. transport of goods carried out by non-resident hauliers on a temporary basis). The new rules, which have been provisionally agreed with Council, will be considered adopted unless amendments tabled are voted through with an absolute majority in favour. The results of the votes on amendments will be announced on Thursday at 9:00 (CEST).Journalists may attend the press conference in person, respecting the precautionary measures in force (see below), or participate remotely.Parliament will be using an interactive virtual press environment (with interpretation) based on Skype TX, in conjunction with the traditional EbS and web-streaming services.

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ECSA welcomes Council conclusions on EU Waterborne Transport Sector

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 15 giugno 2020

The Council of Ministers of Transport adopted on 5 June its conclusions on “EU Waterborne Transport Sector – Future outlook: Towards a carbon-neutral, zero accidents, automated and competitive EU Waterborne Transport Sector”. This decision endorses the Opatija Declaration adopted at political level on 11 March 2020.However, the progress towards that vision has come to a halt since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected the whole maritime industry in Europe and the rest of the world. Despite the various difficulties the crisis has created, such as the lack of crew changes and liquidity issues, companies and employees continue to work to ensure the supply chains stay running.The Council conclusions also highlighted the essential work seafarers are performing in keeping the supply lines functioning including their right to fair treatment. ECSA, together with other European and international partners and institutions, is strongly urging governments to designate maritime workers as key workers so as to ensure crew changes are able to take place and seafarers’ rights are upheld. Crew relief is vital for the health, safety and welfare of maritime workers and the proper functioning of seaborne supply lines. (font: Ecsa)

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Transport System Bögl on its way to China

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 14 giugno 2020

The Max Bögl group is sending the first two-section vehicle of the Transport System Bögl (TSB) with one of the world’s largest transport aircraft to its place of operation in China. This is the next milestone for the finalisation of the demonstration track in Chengdu. The new type of local passenger transport system will start operation on the 3.5-kilometre track in the summer, thus practically demonstrating the numerous advantages of the transport system in local transport.After the first series-production vehicle had been precommissioned in Sengenthal in the past few months and tested for its use in China, it spectacularly made its way to our Chinese partner in early June. On the way to its destination, the novel traffic system was first loaded onto trucks at the Max Bögl group’s headquarters in Sengenthal and transported to Munich Airport. From there, the new series-production vehicle was transported by the Antonov 124-100, one of the largest transport aircraft worldwide, to Chengdu, over 7,500 km away. The TSB team will commission the vehicle together with the Chinese partner company Xinzhu. In summer this year it will be able to drive the 3.5 km track.The optimization of local public transport using the latest technologies is highly valued by the Chinese government. The demonstration track in Chengdu illustrates the possibilities of the innovative Transport System Bögl for local public transport. The track of the Transport System Bögl is very low and light with a girder of 1.2 metres in height and 23.5 metres in length. Compared to conventional systems, the Transport System Bögl avoids the high loads at the wheel-rail contact point, which are the main cause of vibrations and noise. Instead, the transport system guides the loads evenly distributed into the track without contact and is therefore very quiet and manages with considerably smaller substructures for the track. This not only saves on raw materials and costs, but is also aesthetically pleasing.
With the Transport System Bögl, Max Bögl has developed a future-oriented local transport system. Based on magnetic levitation or maglev technology, this system is quiet and flexible while also saving space and lowering emissions. The Transport System Bögl works with a linear drive, and thanks to flexible routing, can be integrated into existing transport infrastructure. As a turnkey supplier, Max Bögl is responsible for planning, industrial manufacturing of the track and vehicle, and construction measures. This is resource and cost-efficient, which makes it possible for the infrastructure project to be completed quickly. With over 6,500 highly qualified employees at more than 35 locations worldwide and an annual turnover of around 1.7 billion euros, Max Bögl is one of the largest building, technology and service companies in the German construction industry. Ever since its founding in 1929, the company has been known for its innovative strength in research and technology – from tailor-made custom solutions to complete construction engineering solutions that are ecologically sustainable.

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Transport Committee approves major reform of road transport sector

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 giugno 2020

Transport Committee MEPs endorsed on Monday the deal reached with EU ministers on a major reform of the road transport sector.The revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ rest times and better enforcement of cabotage rules (i.e. transport of goods carried out by non-resident hauliers on a temporary basis in a host member state) aim to put an end to distortion of competition in the road transport sector and provide better rest conditions for drivers.Better working conditions for drivers
• The new rules will help to ensure better rest conditions for drivers and allow them to spend more time at home.
• Companies will have to organise their timetables so that drivers in international freight transport are able to return home at regular intervals (every three or four weeks depending on the work schedule).
• The mandatory rest period at the end of the week, known as regular weekly rest, cannot be taken in the truck cab. If this rest period is taken away from home, the company must pay for accommodation costs.Fairer competition and fighting illegal practices
• Vehicle tachographs will be used to register border-crossings in order to tackle fraud.
• Existing limits to cabotage remain the same (three operations within seven days).
• To prevent systematic cabotage, there will be a cooling-off period of four days before more cabotage operations can be carried out within same country with the same vehicle.
• To fight the use of letterbox companies, road haulage businesses would need to have substantial activities in the member state in which they are registered. The new rules will also require trucks to return to the company’s operational centre every eight weeks.
• Given that vans are increasingly used to provide international transport services, using light commercial vehicles of over 2.5 tonnes will also be subject to EU norms for transport operators, including equipping the vans with a tachograph.
Clear rules on posting of drivers
• The new rules on posting of drivers will give a clear legal framework to prevent differing national approaches and ensure fair remuneration for drivers.
• Posting rules will apply to cabotage and international transport operations, excluding transit, bilateral operations and bilateral operations with one extra loading or unloading per direction (can be added up: e.g. none on the way out and two on the return leg).
Confirming its decision from January, the Transport and Tourism Committee supported in second reading all three social and market access files. The Rapporteurs’ recommendations were adopted without amendments and received:30 votes in favour, 19 against and no abstentions for clear rules on posting of drivers;33 votes in favour, 15 against and 1 abstention for the drivers’ rest times;33 votes in favour, 16 against and no abstentions for new rules on market access and cabotage.A provisional agreement was already reached between the Council presidency and the European Parliament in December 2019. The Transport Committee first backed the deal with the EU Ministers on 21 January. The Council adopted the reform on 7 April.The full house will vote on the reform during its July session. The new rules will be considered to be adopted if no amendments are voted through with an absolute majority in favour (i.e. at least 353 votes).The rules on posting will apply 18 months after the entry into force of the legal act. The rules on rest times, including the return of drivers, will apply 20 days after publication of the act. Rules on return of trucks and other changes to market access rules will apply 18 months after the entry into force of the act on market access.

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Next week in Transport and Tourism Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 7 giugno 2020

Bruxelles. Monday, 8 June 2020, 9.00 – 11.00 and 18.00 – 18.30 CEST József Antall building, room 4Q2 Members of the Committee on Transport and Tourism will be able to participate remotely. The meeting will be livestreamed here (Parliament’s Multimedia Centre).
Mobility Package I votes on the tabled amendments and the draft recommendations for second reading for the three social and market access files:
Clear rules onposting of drivers in the road transport sector – Rapporteur Kateřina Konečná (GUE/NGL, CZ)
• Better working conditions for drivers – Rapporteur Henna Virkkunen (EPP, FI)
Better enforcementof cabotage rules (i.e. transport of goods carried out by non-resident hauliers on a temporary basis in a host member state) – Rapporteur Ismail Ertug (S&D, DE) The revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ rest times and fairer competition aim to put an end to distortion of competition in the road transport sector and provide better rest conditions for drivers.
• Electronic freight transport information final vote – Rapporteur Andor Deli (EPP, HU)
Remote voting procedure: votes on adoption of amendments 11.00-12.30, final votes 18.00-20.00, results of final votes approximately at 21.00. Exchange of views with Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission, on transport aspects of the EU Recovery Plan and revised long-term EU budget for 2021-2027. (9.00-11.00)

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Response to pandemic is vital for the sustainable future of the transport sector

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 maggio 2020

Transport Committee MEPs supported the urgency procedure for proposed measures. However, they noted also that there is a need for greater transparency and deliberation before rushing any legislative proposals through:
Aviation: Contracts with ground-handling services should be flexible, as should modified air carrier licensing rules. The measure mostly received support in the debate.
Maritime: Ports should be able to defer, reduce or lift port infrastructure charges for port users. Many MEPs underlined that it is not clear who would benefit from this proposal and it is difficult to see its added value in a very competitive environment. This might cause unfair competition. The Commission said that it remains an optional tool to provide additional flexibility and keep supply lanes open.
Rail: the deadline to transpose EU law on rail safety and interoperability should be extended. Transport Committee MEPs agree with the extension; however, the timeframe remains under discussion.
Relieving the administrative burden: the validity of certain certificates and licences should be extended by providing temporary derogation from 15 legal acts. Many MEPs supported the changes by the Council, i.e. for the less affected member states to opt out from the relief measures.The MEPs also reiterated the need for a coordinated approach to easing COVID-19 lockdown measures as well as the need for additional support measures for both the transport and tourism sectors.
Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans acknowledged that transforming the transport sector is essential to the success of the European Green Deal. “COVID-19 or not, there is still a climate crisis. That will not go away. We have to do everything we can to stop the temperatures rising”, he said. “We want to make sure that, in the recovery plan, we save jobs and at the same time make the transition to sustainability. We will have to invest as much as possible at the EU and national level. This is the most challenging part of our mandate.”Many MEPs raised doubts about whether a strong economy is compatible with a fair transition to sustainability. “Can we afford a green deal in this crisis? There is no contradiction between the need to recover economically and to do it in line with the Green Deal. We cannot succumb to short-term expediency”, explained the Executive Vice-President, adding that it is already evident that investments into sustainable energy now outpace the investments in old energy. Several questions also tackled the loss of jobs in the car industry, the lack of infrastructure for electric vehicles, the aviation sector’s struggles in the current crisis and a possible additional tax burden, the importance of rail transport, as well as rethinking transport systems in cities.

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Transport: Safety and consumer protection must be priority in COVID exit strategies

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 maggio 2020

Parliament’s Transport Committee Chair welcomes the new relief measures, but urges EU ministers and the European Commission to better coordinate efforts to exit the crisis.After Wednesday’s videoconference of EU transport ministers and the Commission’s adoption of a relief package for the transport sector, there is still little clarity on the crisis exit strategy and not enough coordination to phase out the confinement measures across the EU.Chair Karima Delli’s (Greens/EFA, FR) statement:
“I welcome the ministers’ commitment to further and constant cooperation as well as the new relief measures tabled by the Commission. At the same time, the EU has to act together and faster.The new proposals tabled by the Commission will provide some relief to the sector. The Parliament stands ready to act swiftly. We will decide on the next steps, possibly including urgency procedure, in the coming days.Following our discussion with Commissioner Vălean and my letter to transport ministers asking for a coordinated European approach, I want to highlight a few vital points on passenger rights, working conditions for transport workers as well as proper protection when relaxing the containment measures.On passenger rights, the Commission guidelines underline that the EU rules on passenger rights should strictly apply. Passengers cannot be doubly victimised by the pandemic, by forcing them to accept vouchers instead of reimbursement.The exceptional derogation in road transport shows drivers’ working conditions worsening: this has to remain a temporary measure and not become the new normal. I do not want truck drivers to be collateral victims of this crisis. The negotiations on the Mobility Package have been very tough, but in the long run we will improve drivers’ working conditions.On relaxation of confinement measures, safety and proper personal protection has to remain our priority. Passengers should wear masks on buses, trains, planes and boats to reduce the spread of virus. When it comes to planes, it would be prudent to consider taking passengers’ temperature before allowing them to board.
In our resolution on EU coordinated action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, we call for action to ensure the health, safety and working conditions of transport workers and help transport companies to survive the crisis. It is of utmost importance that we protect our workers, help our companies and ensure passenger safety.”

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Transport: more support and better coordination vital to overcome COVID-19 crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 maggio 2020

In a debate on Tuesday with Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean, MEPs raised a number of persisting problems facing the sector that have been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Members insisted on much closer cooperation and a common approach in the European Union to avoid the type of unilateral and uncoordinated action by individual member states that nearly led to a breakdown of the single market, when the containment measures were first introduced.Commissioner Vălean told MEPs that a relief package for the transport sector will be tabled in the coming days and a dedicated crisis exit strategy will be presented as soon as possible. “The Commission is working on a set of recommendations to facilitate this coordination and to avoid fragmentation,” she said. This upcoming guidance to coordinate EU efforts will include various modes of transport as well as safety measures, e.g. social distancing rules and cleaning of vehicles.Many MEPs insisted during the debate that passengers’ rights must be respected and consumers must retain the possibility to be reimbursed. The Commission has to clarify any remaining ambiguity so that these rights are respected in all member states, they said.The Commissioner said that vouchers should be made more attractive to consumers and guaranteed by the state. She said that with various funds made available, as well as state aid rules being temporarily more flexible, “member states are free to decide how to design the measures and help companies to survive”.
Several MEPs brought up the worsening working conditions for transport workers who are dealing with longer hours and little safety and personal protective equipment. The Commissioner argued that, despite the relaxed rules on driving and rest times, workers’ health and safety remain a priority.MEPs reiterated their worries regarding the collapse of the tourism sector, as discussed with Commissioner Thierry Breton on 21 April. The Commission will propose additional measures and a recovery strategy for the tourism ecosystem ahead of the summer season.The European Parliament stated, in its resolution on EU coordinated action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, that the transport and tourism sectors have been severely affected. MEPs called for action to ensure the health, safety and working conditions of transport workers and to support transport companies to survive the crisis.

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Transport Management Technologies at ITS World Congress in Singapore

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 ottobre 2019

Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB) today announced its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division will showcase innovative mobility technologies for the future of smart cities as well as participate in various speaking sessions at this year’s Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in Singapore. Taking place from October 21-25, ITS World Congress brings together experts from all over the world to discuss how advancements in transportation technologies can shape tomorrow’s cities.
“We strive to develop revolutionary technologies that support evolving smart city ecosystems,” said Tom Walker, senior vice president and managing director, Asia-Pacific, Cubic Transportation Systems. “We recognize that in order to solve the challenges of urban congestion and enhance the efficiency of transport networks, innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning will play a critical role. Our synergistic ITS capabilities optimize transportation infrastructure and improve mobility for travelers.”

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Cubic Leads Masterclass on Mobility as a Service at the Scottish Transport Show

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 settembre 2019

Corporation (NYSE:CUB) today announced Andy Taylor, director of strategy for its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division, will lead a masterclass on Mobility as a Service (MaaS) as well as participate in a panel discussion on data and digital technologies in transportation at the Scottish Transport Show in Edinburgh, Scotland. Taking place September 25 at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, the Scottish Transport Show highlights all aspects of the Scottish transport industry and brings industry experts together for a day of networking, masterclasses and an exhibition of the most innovative technologies. “Mobility as a Service brings together urban, suburban and rural communities under a true vision of integrated multi-modal transport,” said Taylor. “Scotland has embraced this vision and is spearheading the development and deployment of solutions that are right for the population and their needs. We’re delighted to support Scotland as it advances this vision.”

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Technology and Automation Will Define the Future of Road Transport in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 novembre 2018

The global snapshot survey is based on interview data from 450 transport companies across Europe, the GCC and Asia, and reveals the following headline findings:
Majority of transport companies in Europe, Asia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)1 countries (57%) view geopolitical uncertainty as the biggest threat to their development.
Technology and innovation key to overcoming challenges and securing the future of the industry – over three quarters (76%) of transport companies surveyed expect autonomous trucks to become a viable option on the roads within the next decade.
At the opening of its World Congress in Oman, IRU, the world road transport organisation, urges the industry to fix the digital foundations of transport in order to fully benefit from automation and other innovations.Findings reveal that transport companies are concerned about macro global issues. Over half(57%) see geopolitical uncertainty as the biggest threat facing the sector – from escalating international trade wars to growing concerns around Brexit. The risk of global recession and the challenge of keeping up with changing customer demand are jointly seen as the second biggest threats to transport companies at 52%.
Umberto de Pretto, IRU’s Secretary General, commented: “The global transport system touches the lives of each of the planet’s seven billion people, from the food we eat to the consumer goods we buy. So it’s perhaps not surprising that many of the issues facing society today are also considered by transport companies to be their biggest challenges. These include some of the main themes that dominate the international agenda, including geopolitics, trade and the environment.”

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Conferenza “Kinetic and transport equations: mathematical advances and applications”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 7 ottobre 2018

Parma Dal 10 al 12 Ottobre il Centro Sant’Elisabetta dell’Università di Parma (Campus Scienze e Tecnologie, Parco Area delle Scienze) ospiterà la conferenza “Kinetic and transport equations: mathematical advances and applications”.Scopo del workshop, organizzato in onore di Giampiero Spiga (Università di Parma), Giovanni Frosali (Università di Firenze) e Roberto Monaco (Politecnico di Torino) prima del loro pensionamento, è la presentazione e la discussione dei più recenti risultati ottenuti a livello internazionale in vari ambiti della Fisica Matematica:
· modelli cinetici e limiti asintotici
· teoria del trasporto classica e quantistica
· termodinamica estesa
· equazioni di evoluzione in dinamica dei gas e in ecologia
La conferenza, aperta a tutti gli interessati, è finanziata dall’Università di Parma e dal Dipartimento di Scienze Matematiche, Fisiche e Informatiche dell’Ateneo, dall’Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica – Gruppo Nazionale di Fisica della Materia (INdAM-GNFM) e dall’Università di Firenze. La lista preliminare degli invited speakers e altre informazioni sono disponibili nella pagina web

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Governments slow to address road freight transport emissions reductions – analysis

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 26 maggio 2018

Cologne/London/Perth Despite its significant contribution to global warming, the road freight transport sector is often neglected in government policies, according to the Climate Action Tracker’s (CAT) latest memo in its decarbonisation series.The memo was released as Ministers from over 80 countries gather in Leipzig, Germany, for the International Transport Forum where decarbonising the freight transport sector is on the agenda.
The analysis includes a specific EU case study (see below), which shows huge potential for the EU to reduce heavy road vehicle emissions. The EU Commission’s new proposal for reducing CO2 emissions in new trucks is not yet Paris Agreement-compatible, although a step in the right direction. About 40% of well-to-wheel CO2 emissions from the global transport sector were attributed to freight transport in 2014. Heavy road transport activity is expected to increase about threefold from 2010 levels by 2050—unless governments introduce policies to reduce this.“There are a large range of technological options for zero emissions freight including electric and renewable based fuel cell powered trucks, but governments need to move quickly to address challenges to ensure they are introduced fast enough to reduce emissions from heavy road transport to Paris Agreement compatible levels,” said Bill Hare, of Climate Analytics.
The analysis shows that full decarbonisation of global freight emissions should be targeted to around 2050 to meet the Paris Agreement goals. For the EU this means that freight emissions should be reduced by at least 30% below 2015 levels by 2030, with full decarbonisation of overland freight by around 2050.Decarbonising transport will produce large health and energy security benefits including air quality improvements, electricity grid balancing, electricity storage, and economic benefits including reduced fuel import costs.To achieve the Paris Agreement’s long term goal, rapid deployment of technologies that allow full decarbonisation are key, such as electrification, green hydrogen or synthetic fuels.
“It is important to bear in mind that, to be truly zero-carbon, green hydrogen fuel cell or battery powered electric trucks will need to rely on a decarbonised electricity system —this reinforces the need for a carbon-free power sector by 2050,” said Yvonne Deng, of Ecofys, a Navigant company.To achieve a Paris Agreement compatible emissions level for heavy vehicles will also require sustainable biofuel blending, energy efficiency and demand reduction as well as contributions from modal shift from road freight towards railroads and ships. Only four countries—Canada, China, Japan and the United States—have introduced efficiency standards for heavy-duty freight vehicles that would encourage a switch. Others will need to follow.The CAT ‘road freight’ memo warns that while biofuels have a role, they need to be developed in a way that ensures their long-term sustainability and carbon neutrality.“Biofuels can and need to be produced sustainably to avoid a situation where unsustainable biofuel projects threaten food security, and exacerbate other social and environmental impacts,” said Takeshi Kuramochi of NewClimate Institute.Developments around the world are promising and may happen much faster than expected: In the US an innovative renewable-based fuel cell truck technology has been launched. Manufacturer Nikola reports to have 9,000 advance orders and plans to couple deployment with the rollout of renewable hydrogen based refuelling stations. The technology has been picked up by major brewing company. Anheuser-Busch as part of its push towards a renewable energy based brewing and delivery system by 2025.

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT), one of the largest supply chain solutions providers in North America

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 novembre 2017

ArkansasIt is hosting the Arkansas Run for the Fallen Traveling Memorial from Nov. 5-12 outside its corporate offices in Lowell. The memorial includes a 3×5-foot American flag and short biography for each of the 141 Arkansas service members that have died while serving since September 11, 2001. It is open to the public, and visitors are encouraged to walk among the flags and read about the lives of the fallen.“At J.B. Hunt and across the nation, November is a time to honor and celebrate our veterans,” said Eric Airola, co-chair of J.B. Hunt’s Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG). “It’s a privilege to share their stories, and J.B. Hunt is proud to do its part in supporting those who have served our country.”
Arkansas Run for the Fallen, the nonprofit responsible for the traveling memorial, works to memorialize fallen Arkansas service members and provide support to their families. In addition to the traveling memorial, the non-profit organizes an annual run that includes one mile for each Arkansan who has died while serving on active duty since September 11, 2001. The 7th Annual Arkansas Run for the Fallen is scheduled for March 16-18, 2018. The organization and J.B. Hunt are both contributors to Wreaths Across America, an annual nationwide effort to place a wreath on every veteran headstone during the holiday season.

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Automotive Players Targeting Corporate Mobility to Secure Share in Integrated Transport Solutions

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 aprile 2015

london-centralLondon, UK Offering services that facilitate an integrated door-to-door business travel management solution is one of the main focus areas for growth and investment in 2015 in the automotive industry. With the business travel market worth $1.3 Trillion (GBTA), there is an increasing trend towards companies using online booking tools and cloud based services to plan, book, and expense/account business trips. Automotive market players are working to have their share of the future corporate mobility market by creating new mobility business models, some by rebranding as business mobility providers. “There are several mobility providers making a shift, such as BMW Alphabet or LeasePlan, having previously been traditional leasing companies, now targeting customers with more flexible solutions, offering corporate carsharing or a mobility mix of services,” says Partner and Global Practice Director Automotive & Transportation, Mr. Sarwant Singh. “The rising digital technology capability turns car companies into service providers and makes it crucial to develop pioneering business models to secure one’s share of the market.”To present and discuss potential new mobility business models for the automotive as well as related industries, Frost & Sullivan organises its upcoming annual industry event ‘Intelligent Mobility: Business Models in Connected and Automated Mobility’ ( on 1st and 2nd July 2015 at the House of Lords as well as the Royal Garden Hotel in London. The parliamentary debate and subsequent one-day conference is a must-attend event for all industry leaders and related stakeholders. “According to a recent customer survey conducted by our research team, there is a revolutionary shift underway in the corporate mobility space, linking smart solutions from several adjacent industries, such as Fleet, Travel and Expense Management to the general mobility industry, which results in changing customer preferences towards new business models, such as carsharing, ridesharing, and parking services,” further outlines Mr. Singh. “There is a high interest in deploying such solutions over the next two years. The number of companies entering the corporate carsharing market increased from 13 in 2013 to 20 last year, with most car rental and leasing firms present, and the entry of vehicle manufacturers Audi and Daimler.”Besides focusing on the development of the corporate mobility market as well as future mobility business models and trends as well as new mobility business models, Intelligent Mobility will bring together industry experts on autonomous vehicles, connected cars, Big Data in Automotive, cyber security as well as e-commerce platforms.

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Mass Surveillance of IT users

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 gennaio 2015

BruxellesBruxelles Wednesday 21 January at 11:30 in the glass room, EP press room – PHS00B001 During the briefing, Mr Rübig will give details about the study and its main findings. The aims of the study were to:
1. Analyse the security risks of the current generation of internet services and applications and propose measures to reduce the risks identified with the current generation of networks and services.
2.Identify long-term options for a more secure and more privacy friendly internet, while allowing governmental law enforcement and security agencies to perform their duties, and obtain quickly and legally all the information needed to fight crime and to protect national security interests.
STOA is Parliament’s own Science and Technology Options Assessment unit. STOA carries out studies, workshops and conferences in collaboration with research institutes, universities, laboratories, consultancies or individual researchers. STOA is led by a panel, consisting of 15 MEPs from Parliament’s committees on Industry, Internal Market, Environment, Employment and Social Affairs, Transport and Agriculture.

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“Politicians need to address transport taboos, not just new technology, to meet carbon targets,” say researchers

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

university_surrey_schoolNew research published today in the Journal of Transport Geography has found that a focus on new technology is not enough to meet carbon reduction targets in the transport industry.Transport accounts for 30% of CO2 emissions in the EU, with emissions rising 36% between 1990 and 2007. The research, carried out by Lund University and the University of Surrey a found a need to dissect the widely-held view that new technologies, such as biofuel and improved aircraft design, will result in carbon reduction targets being met.In the paper, researchers highlight the fact that policy makers are turning to the perceived benefits of such technologies to drive decarbonisation policy, despite contrary evidence. They argue that in order to cut damaging carbon emissions, politicians need to address ‘transport taboos’ rather than focus just on technological innovation.These transport taboos are defined as transport ‘norms’, such as societies’ growing appetite for frequent, long-distance travel, the unjust relationship between mobility and income, and the powerful position of lobbyists and industry in influencing policy. The team of researchers found that policies which challenged these taboos are regarded as serious threats to political position and are therefore ignored by politicians.
“This study shows what a pervasive force the transport industry is in influencing carbon-reduction policy. Politicians continue to ignore evidence of what works in favour of optimistic headlines about technological innovation, driven by industry and lobbyists,” said co-author, Dr Scott Cohen from the University of Surrey“There is a lot of exaggeration surrounding ‘wonder’ technologies that promise to reduce carbon levels while allowing privileged sections of society to continue to travel without limits. These optimistic claims are largely undebated in political circles, as this would force politicians to face some harsh truths.”Researchers found that it is the most highly mobile and environmentally aware travellers who refuse to reduce travel, with men in higher income groups the most frequent and long-distance flyers. “The richest and politically powerful contribute the most to global carbon emissions. Ironically they are offered rewards for this behaviour with air miles, as well as earning prestige among peers who view international travel as a status symbol. Our research explores how these transport taboos are driving policies that are contradictory to carbon emission targets. For example, energy intensive air transport is the least taxed and most subsidised. In one year, Ryanair received subsidies of 800m Euro while encouraging frequent, low-cost flight. Rather than maintain the status quo, we need to start challenging these damaging norms.”

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