Sustainable Transport Systems

Merja Hoppe, Teamleiterin, Nachhaltige Transportsysteme, Dozentin
„We are aiming for sustainable development which is socially acceptable, ecologically sensitive and financially feasible.“

Dr. Merja Hoppe, Head of Research Area Sustainable Transport Systems INE

How can transport systems be designed to move people and freight to their destination in a manner that is both ecologically and economically sustainable?

Nachhaltige Transportsysteme INE

In the focus research area of transport systems, the Institute for Sustainable Development assesses the mobility of people and goods and develops sustainable solutions.

Transport systems connect places, make people mobile and enable the movement of freight. Regions with differing qualities of location can complement one another and, in the best-case scenario, the mobility of people and freight guarantees a functional society and economy. In order to achieve this, a transport system must constantly evolve. The growth of populations, economies and incomes contributes to increased traffic volumes. Global networking and the further development of transport technology are also speeding up the process. The growing demand for mobility introduces new challenges for political and business leaders. With increasing distances, frequencies and speeds in traffic, the burden of traffic volume, noise and emissions also expands.

The Future of Mobility

The consequences of these developments must be addressed at a global, national and regional level. Adapting transport systems for people and freight is one of the greatest challenges facing us in both the present and the future. New technologies and traffic schemes offer potential solutions to ensure sustainable mobility for people and develop a more integral design for freight logistics.  In developing these solutions, it is essential to anticipate future developments and identify suitable strategies for technology development as well as for transport policy and planning. In doing this, we focus on the following aspects:

  • system analysis of mobility and freight transport
  • foresight with regard to system development and sustainability
  • definition of future demands on mobility, freight and traffic systems and related technologies
  • assessment of technologies in terms of their potential
  • support for sustainability-related decision-making processes in industry, politics and planning
  • development of strategies, road maps and mobility concepts

Planning for the future requires orientation, and the INE’s guiding principle is sustainability. The criterion for sustainability we apply is the conservation of livelihood resources in a broad sense, i.e., including natural resources, economic resources and social resources. Within the scope of this objective, sustainable mobility is based on a transport and freight system that maintains quality of life, increases economic competitiveness and minimises the burden on people, the environment and the climate.

Current Projects

  • INTEND
    In this EU-funded research project, research gaps in the European transport sector are being investigated in order to be able to allocate funding for future research projects in a more targeted and efficient manner. The aim is to ensure that the European transport sector remains competitive in the long term.
  • SCCER Mobility
    The Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research - Efficient Technologies and Systems for Mobility (SCCER-Mobility) aims at developing the knowledge and technologies essential for the transition of the current transportation system to a sustainable one, featuring minimal CO2-output and Primary Energy Demand as well as virtually zero-pollutant emissions
  • Smart Commuting
    Commuting is responsible for high shares of mobility demand. This project examines the preconditions and potentials of Mobility as a Service Approaches.
  • E-Destination
    This project evaluates the touristic potential of e-mobility in the Lake Constance region.
  • Mobility Platform MobINE
    MobINE presents innovation, current research findings and news in the field of sustainable mobility.

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