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ITF 2016 Summit witnesses commitment towards greener road transport & infrastructure

Green and Sustainable Transport was the theme for this year’s Summit of the International Transport Forum, which took place from 18 to 20 of May in Leipzig (Germany).

Following the COP21 agreement signed in Paris last December, the Summit focussed on the importance of the transport contribution in achieving the key sustainable goals towards a low-carbon economy.  In this sense, the ITF’s Summit represented the perfect transport policy event bringing together industry and key government representatives from more than 55 countries.

The 3-day event concluded with a Declaration signed by Ministers to seek mutual understanding and coordinate a common stand in order to achieve a greener and more inclusive transport sector.

The ERF and its members are firmly committed to improve environmental performance of the road infrastructure industry. In addition to a dedicated Working Group, the ERF is part of various EU projects dealing with different aspects of sustainability in road infrastructure sector.

A practical case is the SustainEuroRoad Project which was also presented at the ITF Open Stage Café by José Díez and Ismail Cavagnol (USIRF). SustainEuroRoad is a LIFE co-funded project composed of six European partners. The main objective is to create and validate an innovative software to reduce the environmental impact of road construction and maintenance. The project will conclude in August 2017. For latest news, please visit the website: http://sustainableroads.eu/