Newsletter – September 2020

Newsletter – September 2020


Dear Reader,  
I hope this new issue of the IRF CROSSROADS Newsletter finds you in good health.  
We have an incredible rich newsletter so much has happened over the past months, despite the summer break and despite Covid-19. The pandemic has not managed to stop our transport community and we have all been working relentlessly to cope with the difficulties but most of it to lay down solid foundations to shape a better future. 

The approval by the United Nations of a new Decade of Action for Road Safety (2021-2030) with a target to halve road deaths and injuries by 2030 is definitively a major milestone and creates new moment for structured and coordinated action on road safety after the success of the Stockholm Ministerial. 

The 2020 edition of the World Road Statistics (WRS) just released together with the newly developed IRF Data Warehouse are now available to help analysis and inform decisions on road safety and a lot more and we thank the Total Foundation for making this possible. Thanks also to our 2020 WRS Sponsors for their precious support. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the IRF on-line Conference “Roads to Recovery: a Sustainable Mobility for a Sustainable Future” scheduled on 12th November to discuss priorities for our sector going forward. 

Last but not least, mark the date of 15th November in your calendar as we celebrate the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Remember, Support, Act! 

Lots to discover in this newsletter! I wish you good reading and invite you to follow us on our social media handles to keep abreast of developments. 

Best wishes

Susanna Zammataro
Director General
International Road Federation

SHOW – 1st Pan-European Workshop

The 1st Pan European Workshop – How to make CCAM in cities a reality? – organized by the EC-funded project SHOW took place on 18th September. Bill Halkias, President of the International Road Federation gave the initial keynote of the event named Road Mobility: Are we on the Brink of a new Era? focusing his intervention on the fundamental role of the road infrastructure in view of the transition towards autonomous mobility. All developments of the SHOW project and proceedings of this event can be found on SHOW website.

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World Road Statistics 2020 & IRF Data Warehouse – OUT NOW!

The 57th edition of the annual World Road Statistics (WRS) covering data from 2013 to 2018 has now been released. Obtain access to the latest data on 100+ road and transport-sector related indicators ranging from Road Network to Road Expenditure & Revenues! 

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Launch of the IRF Executives Talks

Kicked off in September, the IRF Executives Talks is a series of 30-minutes discussions with CEOs and high-level executives from the world’s most innovative and influential companies and organisations in our industry. Florent Menegaux, CEO of Michelin, kicked off the new series, sharing his views on recovery and sustainability. Magali Anderson, CSO of LafargeHolcim, our second guest told us about the net-zero pledge. Recordings are freely accessible on IRF website. Stay tuned, IRF will soon announce the next guests.

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UNRSC meets to discuss new UN Road Safety resolution and World Day of Remembrance

More than 100 participants joined the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) virtual meeting held on 24 September to debate way forward after the approval of the new UN resolution on  Improving Global Road Safety declaring a Second Decade of Action. Preparation of the World Day of Remembrance of road traffic victims was also at center stage during the meeting. 

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IRF hosts its first Young Professionals Summit

The International Road Federation, in collaboration with YOURS (Youth for Road Safety), had organised the first IRF Young Professional Summit. The event took place online on the 30th of September and aimed to give space to young professionals to debate key mobility issues and to get insights on start-ups world. 16 speakers from 14 different countries and more than 250 participants addressed: employment, innovation, road safety, sustainability, road financing, and entrepreneurship.

Full recording of the summit are available on IRF website.

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IRF & SATC Webinars Series 2020

After two very well attended webinars, the IRF & SATC will be hosting on 7 and 21 October the two final webinars for this 2020 series. We will look into the effects of Covid-19 on public transport and on aviation and discuss the different recovery strategies that need to be deployed across all modes. Access on IRF website the recordings of previous webinars and register for the new ones.

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Roads to Recovery: a Sustainable Mobility for a Sustainable Future

IRF will be hosting a three-hour on-line conference on 12th November to discuss priorities for the road sector going forward. Governments around the world are announcing unprecedented stimulus packages to support economies devastated by effects of the Covid-19 crisis. This is the time to shape a better and more sustainable mobility for all. 

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UNRSC Webinar: The Ten Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure 

On 9 September, the International Road Federation and iRAP hosted a United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC)  webinar on the Ten Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure. Produced by the UNRSC ‘Safer Roads and Mobility Group’, the Ten Step Plan is a key resource to support the Second Decade of Action for Road Safety (2021-2030) which aims to halve road deaths and injuries by 2030.  Listen to the recording and access all presentations and other resources. 

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Webinar on “Global Trends on the Status of Traffic Safety Under the Covid-19 Pandemic”

In the framework of their well-establish collaboration, The International Road Federation, Qatar University, Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center, National Traffic Safety Committee of Qatar Government and World Conference on Transport Research Society hosted a joint webinar on 29th September to discuss “Global Trends on the Status of Traffic Safety under the Covid-19 Pandemic”. While looking at the achievements of the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020), this webinar also addressed impacts of Covid-19 on road safety and potential responses. Presentations and webinar recording soon available.

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The latest from SuM4All

The September newsletter of Sustainable Mobility For All (SuM4All) is out featuring an interesting piece on recovery post Covid as well as two articles – one on the South Africa Pilot and one on data sharing – recently published by IRF on its dedicated pages on World Highways magazine.

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Implementation of the Asia-Pacific Road Safety Observatory (APRSO): next steps

IRF joined representatives of Asian-Pacific governments, international road safety experts, key stakeholders, donors and other groups on 26 August for an on-line discussion to plan next steps for the implementation of the Asia-Pacific Road Safety Observatory (APRSO).

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Call for Papers for the next PIARC World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress

The XVIth World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress, to be held in Calgary in February 2022, will focus on “Adapting to a Changing World” and will be structured around two Themes: Winter Service and Resilience. Organised by PIARC, a call for papers on 15 topics in order to contribute to the Congress has been launched and all international road and transport experts are invited to submit abstracts before the 30th of November 2020.

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Sustainability Trends for 2020 and beyond

Covid-19 came as an earthquake to shake business models so that they become more resilient, more sustainable. IRF and the Sustainability Academy are committed to play their part in this transition by offering affordable and specialized training on the key and new sustainability issue not only to individuals but also to group of professionals and corporations that are determined to engage in sustainability. 

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LafargeHolcim Signs Net Zero Pledge with Science-Based Targets


LafargeHolcim joins the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) “Business Ambition for 1.5°C,” becoming the first global building materials company to sign the pledge with intermediate targets for 2030, validated by SBTi.

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Did you know? By HAENNI Instruments Inc.

Committed to contributing to achieve a safer global road network, HAENNI Instruments launched a new campaign in the main social media channels. 

Aiming to raising awareness among authorities, truck drivers and transport companies managers of the importance of protecting roads by performing weight enforcement, HAENNI brings every week a new post with disquieting information about deteriorated roads and its consequences.

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“3 Seconds, a Whole Life”

PE “Roads of Serbia“ has initiated and developed the first in a line of educational campaigns for raising awareness of drivers and increase of traffic safety – “3 Seconds, a Whole Life”.

By promoting the educational campaign “3 Seconds, a Whole Life”, the PE “Roads of Serbia” wishes to improve traffic safety.

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Testing times – What ARRB’s labs have done in the past 6 months

The Australian Road Research Board (ARRB)’s state-of-the-art laboratories in Melbourne, Australia, have been busy underpinning research work, supporting government and industry needs. 

A significant focus at present is the increased use of recycled materials in road making, like crumb rubber, recycled crushed glass and waste plastic. ARRB is involved in significant Australian projects using all these recycled materials in road construction.

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The World Transport Convention 2020– Chengdu Forum

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The World Transport Convention (WTC) 2020 could not be held in Beijing as scheduled. In order to continue the exchange mechanism of the WTC, the WTC Executive Committee and China Highway Transportation Society (CHTS) will jointly host WTC in Chengdu on 8-10 November 2020. WTC-Chengdu consists of the opening ceremony and keynote speeches, academic forum, special activities and exhibition. Focus will be on four key topics : Collaborative Development, Digital Transformation, Intelligent Construction and Maintenance and Intelligent Mobility.

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Launch of the first mobile system for digitizing roads

The mobile measuring system was developed by an order of the Russian road research Institute. A specialized machine has got all necessary to create a digital model of highways with high accuracy. The model will be uploaded to the road Fund control system (a single digital database of all roads in the country).

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Egis receives the 2020 Toll Excellence IBTTA Award

Egis won the Private Sector Innovation Award for its virtual reality training programme, developed as part of the A 63 motorway operation in France, with the support of the Concessionaire Atlandes.

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Arup’s 10 thoughts for the future of low-emission mobility

The move to a low-emission vehicle future will require new thinking and infrastructure, from innovative policies to support public and private uptake to new charging infrastructure and network upgrades. As part of Arup’s ‘thoughts for the future of mobility series’, these thoughts represent a selection of challenges and opportunities to help the industry navigate our transition to a low-emission mobility future.

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Greek toll road interoperability: improved user experience.

A new electronic tolling service will be implemented shortly on all of Greece’s toll roads, following the request of Greece’s Infrastructure Ministry for the implementation of interoperability among all eight (8) Hellastron members, who are responsible for operating all the toll roads of the country.

Interoperability will ensure greatly enhanced user experience and will also help Greece’s effort to minimise the COVID-19 pandemic health risk. 

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 4th IRF – SATC Webinar: the impact of COVID-19 on aviation and explore the latest innovations set to advance the sector

21 October 2020 – by Webinar 

 Online Technical Workshop on “Role of Road Safety Audits in Improving Traffic Safety” 

8-10 November 2020 – by Webinar 

 IRF On-line Conference – Roads to Recovery – A sustainable mobility for a sustainable future

12 November 2020 – 9:30-12:30 CET

 6th Global Interactive Forum on Traffic and Safety (GIFTS)

26 November 2020, Online

 Gulf Traffic 2020 
  15 – 17 December 2020 – Dubai, UAE or Online  

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