Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions (GHG) of transport beyond 2020

GHG-TransPoRD was a research project co-financed by the European Commission under FP7.

The project developed an integrated European strategy that links R&D efforts with other policies and measures, helping to achieve substantial GHG emission reductions in transport that are in line with the EU targets. As part of this strategy, the project proposed GHG reduction targets for transport as a whole, as well as for each transport mode for 2020 and 2050.

The project backcasted from existing GHG emission reduction targets set at the level of the overall economy, to the contribution required from the transport sector. As a starting point, GHG-TransPoRD described the European innovation system of the transport sector, while concurrently considering the global context as well. At the same time it  analysed the GHG emission mitigation potentials offered by a broad portfolio of transport technologies and measures. The desk research was complemented by a model-based comparison of ambitious technology pathways with present policies and measures. This also revealed areas with a largely under-exploited mitigation potential. GHG-TransPoRD then further assessed the R&D and other measures that can mobilize additional reduction potentials.

The project was supported by a Stakeholder Council and regular project workshops to communicate findings and to involve the transport community. We participated in a cluster of EU research projects on the topic of mitigation of climate change impacts of transport.

TML was responsible for the analysis of the emission mitigation potentials of both technological measures as well as policy options. In addition, TML supported the identification of different introduction pathways through the analysis of effects from TREMOVE simulations.



Final report



funded by

European Commission, FP7


Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) (Germany) - (Coordinator), TRT Trasporti e Territorio (Italy), DG JRC (Spain), Institute for Transport Studies - University of Leeds (United Kingdom)


Kris Vanherle, Lars Akkermans, Ignacio Hidalgo González, Griet De Ceuster


Lars Akkermans

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 233828