EARPA High Level Position Paper 2020 releasedDate: 26 May 2021
We are very proud to announce that EARPA has released its new High Level Position Paper 2020. It is now available for download on our public website under 'Publications'.
The EARPA member network contributes to establishing a new mobility system by research from low to high TRL’s, in close collaboration with actors from along the full value chain. Furthermore, many EARPA members play an active role in educating the engineers, economists, researchers and decision-makers of tomorrow with a strong orientation towards a sustainable future.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals show a shared, global responsibility for us all. They are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for the population of the world and our planet. Road mobility is an important link to several of these Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including (9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; (11) Sustainable Cities and Communities; and (13) Climate Action. The Global Challenges that Europe faces in relation to road transport include energy security - covering the improvement of energy efficiency and the use of new energy sources - as well as climate change and environmental issues.
Furthermore, road safety, disruptive events, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as the consideration of the social and demographic change, plus the need for improved European competitiveness, are all challenging our current mobility system in (peri-)urban and rural areas.
The only viable option to deal with these challenges and the SDG’s is by working with a systems approach, in which single technologies contribute to the overarching aim; a sustainable future for all.
EARPA members are well positioned in the stakeholder field addressing these challenges. EARPA members are the trusted and independent R&I partners for a wide variety of actors, ranging from SMEs and start-ups, to large international industrial actors as well as Member State governments and local governments. The extent of the EARPA members’ competences, with this wide stakeholder engagement, has enabled EARPA to make a valuable contribution to the European Research Area, in terms of research delivery, innovation and strategic vision. Through the activities of EARPA’s Foresight Groups, ideas and priorities for research have progressed and are shared with many stakeholders and European Technology Platforms, whereas the EARPA Collaborative Research Groups support the members to successfully participate in European and Member State supported research programmes, contributing to the development of many transport key technologies.
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