Transport is a central aspect of the way that we, as humans live. However, whilst transport systems can contribute towards well-being and prosperity, they can also create negative impacts.
In order for societies to prosper, it is imperative that our transport systems are flexible, smart, and clean, that we offer mobility solutions to all, and that the negative impacts of freight transport and the distribution of goods are limited. This is the challenge that drives us.
The Importance of Sustainable Transport
We are currently in the midst of a transportation paradigm shift driven by the introduction of new technologies and the crucial need to transition to a sustainable transport system. However, along with the potential for great success in this field, comes a number of challenges.
ITRL is inspired by the challenge of facilitating the shift to a sustainable transport system through an integrated research approach that brings together multiple stakeholders.
According to the UN
, close to a quarter of energy-related global greenhouse gas emissions come from transport, a figure that is projected to increase greatly in in the coming years. For this reason, the UN recognize the importance of transport related emissions in numerous Sustainable Development Goals.
Why it matters: ”Air pollution, both ambient and household, increases the risk of cardiovascular and respiratory disease”
Why it matters: ”Efficient transportation services generate employment and wealth and drive economic development.”
Why it matters: “In 2016, 9 in 10 people living in urban areas still breathed air that did not meet the WHO’s air quality guidelines value for particulate matter”
*Please note, the above is a selection of SDGs related to transport, not an exhaustive list.
The Importance of Stakeholders
In order to have the maximum impact through our research, we assemble experts in the following areas:
Novel technical transport solutions with high impact/potential.
Areas of improvement in today’s transport system.
Implementation barriers and mechanisms.
about how we conduct our research, as well as ongoing and completed projects
ITRL was co-founded by KTH, Scania, and Ericsson and more recently welcomed Trafikverket and Region Stockholm as core partners. This unique collaboration enables us to merge the interests of the information and communication technology, and transport sectors, whilst gaining critical policy input and a societal perspective from our public partners.