The need to reduce the dependency on fossil fuel combined with the anticipated growth in urban population requires new solutions for transportation. Transportation will need to become more sustainable and provide additional added-value services for an increasing number of people.
On an individual level, it could herald a move towards cycling or car sharing. However, urban mobility requires a comprehensive strategy that can also bring together the requirements for clean and safe solutions while benefiting from the use of new technologies.
A new IEC group, SEG 11, has been set up to study the transition towards sustainable transportation. The group will examine the standardization tools needed in order to help countries as they transition towards sustainable transportation solutions.
“Using a systems approach, SEG 11 will bring together the various elements related to transportation and sustainability in order to capture the full complexity of the issues and propose what is needed at the IEC to foster a holistic solution. This will involve the participation of various stakeholders, including members outside of the IEC community” says Gennaro Ruggiero, Secretary of the SEG 11.
According to Feng Ni, Convenor of SEG 11, “International experts in SEG 11 will examine the key challenges of tomorrow from different angles and how they will affect standardization, incorporating and correlating know-how from the existing landscape of standardisation work on transportation matter at the IEC and beyond”.
SEG 11 will draft a roadmap on future sustainable transportation. As part of its remit, SEG 11 will collect best practices and use cases of public, shared transportation. It will also engage with IEC TCs/SCs, market stakeholders as well as other organizations, such as ISO, on the status of existing standards and the need for new standards.
SEG 11 held its first meeting on 8-9 July in Frankfurt. As the Co-Convenor of SEG 11 Alexander Kupfer noted, “During the kick-off meeting, were identified some obvious examples of future, electric-based transportation systems that can accelerate the transition to renewable energy. Participants left the meeting excited and with a clear plan to dig deeper and come back in 18 months with a report and recommendations. Interested in joining? Welcome!”