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Sustainable Transport in the European Union: A Review of the Past Research and Future Ideas

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This paper presents a review of the research on the sustainability of transport systems carried out over the last 15 years for the European Union (EU), identifies some missing gaps and elaborates on the prospective future ideas. The general concept of sustainable development and definitions of sustainability of transport systems and their operationalization are discussed. These are followed by the general review of the research on the sustainable transport systems funded by the EU 4th, 5th and 6th Framework Programs. Consequently, refinement of existing and/or developing an innovative system for monitoring sustainability of transport systems in the EU based on the indicator system(s) of performances is suggested as a prospective research idea.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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