‘Safer, cleaner and greener’: the future of vehicles at Transportation Research Board
The FIA Foundation hosted an expert event to showcase the charity’s work on the future of vehicles, and how they can become safer, cleaner and greener, at the international Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, held in Washington DC.
‘Safe, Clean, Fair and Green’ mobility for all is the focus of the Foundation's work which seeks to address the impact of vehicles on our communities and environment. The Foundation works with expert partners to promote and disseminate research, to support practical activities and capacity building, and to raise awareness around issues including road safety, environmentally friendly mobility, and clean air.
At the event, held at TRB on 9th January 2018, pioneering initiatives led and funded by the Foundation were presented by the Foundation's expert partners Drew Kodjak from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), Pierpaolo Cazzola from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and David Ward from Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) chaired by FIA Foundation’s Deputy Director and Director of Environment and Research, Sheila Watson.
David Ward discussed safety and the work of the Global NCAP in exposing the shocking differences in safety standards across the world, and enabling improved consumer choice. Drew Kodjak set out the aims of the new Real Urban Emissions Initiative (TRUE), how it will deliver transparent emissions data to underpin change to make vehicles cleaner, and how it is collecting real-world emissions from vehicles in London, Paris and Berlin in the wake of ‘Dieselgate’. The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI)’s work was presented by Pierpaolo Cazzola, who gave an update on the initiative's progress, as well as its new work in the field of electric and heavy duty vehicles.
Sheila Watson, Deputy Director and Director of Environment and Research, said: “The present dangers in terms of dirty air, inefficient fuel use and road injuries and deaths are not being sufficiently addressed and, as the global vehicle fleet is set to double by 2050, action must be taken now. Central to this must be a shift to low carbon, non-motorised and shared mobility, but action must also be taken to ensure that all vehicles are as safe, clean and green as possible.”