What is the recipe for a well-performing transport system? Renewable energy in transport fuel consumption, share of electrified railways or even the percentage of women working in the transport field?
On 27th October, the European Commission published the 2016 edition of the “EU Transport Scoreboard”, a benchmark that compares how Member States perform in 30 categories covering all aspects of transport, bringing together data from a variety of public sources (such as Eurostat, the European Environment Agency and the World Economic Forum).
This incredibly important tool allows you to compare the “state of health” of transport systems across countries; based on topics the European Commission has identified as essential for well-performing transport systems.
As highlighted by the European Commission, “the objective of the Scoreboard is to help Member States identify areas requiring priority investment and action. It shows how the EU further deepens the internal market in transport and promotes the shift towards low-emission mobility, two priorities of the Junker Commission”.
The main findings show that there is a progress across EU towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly mobility, a stagnating number of road deaths and an increasing number of women employed in the transport sector, to name but a few.
Turning to the details of single countries, has been observed, for instance, that Belgium’s port infrastructure is ranked second best in the EU; Cyprus has the highest percentage of women working in transport in the EU (31%); Denmark ranks second in the EU for the availability of charging points for electric vehicles; the quality of Finland’s rail, port and air infrastructures stand out in the entire EU and Italy has the highest share of new cars using alternative fuels.
The EU Transport Scoreboard is then a precious tool to compare, analyse and understand our transport systems performance.
We chose the following four indicators (among those identified by the European Commission.
- Employment share in transport enterprises
- Completion of High-Speed
- Share of renewable energy in transport fuel consumption
- Women employed in the transport sector
What is/are in your opinion the most important one/s?