It is due to the importance of transport or economies, that EU transport policy have historically focused on liberalisation and harmonisation to form a single trans-European transport network. More recently it has incorporated sustainability considerations into transport policies. Mobility is one of the six priority areas of the EU’s Sustainable Development Strategy. The challenges of environment protection are complex and diffuse, and so cannot be solved at the level of the individual country or pollutant. The solutions are to be found within systematic multi-disciplinary research and within the application of the concept of sustainable development. Key to tackling global sustainability challenges is collective, societal action. The REACT Support Action aims to support multi-stakeholder international collaboration in climate-friendly transport research, enhance EC Member States’ research efforts and cooperate with Associated States and the broader international community.
The scope of REACT is to diffuse innovation not only amongst the EC research community but also amongst Associated States and international community researchers. REACT will also diffuse innovation to stakeholders within transport and environmental industries and to public, policy and civil society organisations. In light of the societal need for, and policy-relevance of, sustainable mobility, key outcomes from the project include raising awareness and making use of the research results from climate-friendly transport. This includes the creation and exploitation of knowledge networks as well as dissemination of state of-the-art research into alternative mobility solutions and technologies.