Sustainable Transport Systems
„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?
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.
- 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.
This project evaluates the touristic potential of e-mobility in the Lake Constance region.
EU's goal is to develop a transport system which meets the economic, social and environmental requirements of the society. An adequate accessibility and safe mobility should be provided for all European citizens, especially for the ageing populations. In order to do that the future trends and challenges need to be considered.
Race 2050 foresight study aims to identify key success factors for a sustainable growth of the European Transport industry and for policies which can increase the transport industry's strength in a long perspective up to 2050.
- Naturpark Schaffhausen
The project «Regional Nature Park Schaffhausen» aims at a vitalisation of tourism in the Canton of Schaffhausen. The ZHAW School of Engineering therefore conducted research on how people access the park and how they can be guided within. Based on the results, a mobility concept with specific action fields and measures was developed.
- Mobilitätsplattform MobINE
MobINE presents innovation, current research findings and news in the field of sustainable mobility.
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Course of study and continuing education
The Institute of Sustainable Development (INE) is involved in following course of study and continuing educations: