Infrastructures, energy and digitalisation: pillars for the sustainable development of transport in the Western Mediterranean

26 febrer 2024 | Policy Study | Anglès

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With the Russian aggression on Ukraine and the war in Gaza being prolonged over time the Mediterranean region at large is in total turmoil. The Policy Study entitled “Infrastructures, energy and digitalisation, pillars for the sustainable development of transport in the Western Mediterranean” aims at contributing with shared reflections and formulation of policy proposals to the challenges and strategies that the region faces in the field of promoting sustainable development in the transport sector. To this end, the Policy Study delves into this topic from these three cross-cutting dimensions in the Western Mediterranean: infrastructures, energy and environment, and digitalisation. 

The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and the Centre for Transportation Studies for the Western Mediterranean (CETMO) have taken on this stimulating task by continuing for a third year the preparation of a Policy Study that involves various authors who are experts in the field, while also unveiling some recommendations of public policy addressed to the Presidency of the Group of Transport Ministers for the Western Mediterranean (GTMO 5+5). Indeed, this publication released as a Policy Study comes within the framework of the Med Think 5+5 network of Western Mediterranean think tanks, a multidisciplinary platform of exchange associated with the 5+5 Dialogue, which brings together policymakers, practitioners and academics from the Western Mediterranean area.

Considering transport and logistics as one of the most relevant sectors to foster socio-economic development and regional integration in the Western Mediterranean, the Med Think 5+5 network has been committed to promoting debate and knowledge-sharing on the issue, building upon support and expertise of the CETMO as Technical Secretariat of the Group of Transport Ministers for the Western Mediterranean (GTMO 5+5). As a matter of fact, the Med Think 5+5 convened seminars (2018, 2021) dedicated to the analysis of trends in the Western Mediterranean transport and logistics sectors, organised back-to-back with the GTMO 5+5. In this context, this Policy Study, which is part of the work programme of GTMO 5+5 under the Maltese presidency, aims at giving response to the challenges posed by climate change in the region and how the transport sector can counter it and adapt to it through digitalisation, the transformation and connection of transport with infrastructures and energy.

Table of contents

FOREWORD
Roger Albinyana


THE EU’S GLOBAL GATEWAY AND CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD: TWO STRATEGIES AND TWO REALITIES FOR THE SOUTHERN MEDITERRANEAN
Mark Furness

THE RESILIENCE AND ADAPTATION OF TRANSPORT TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
Jordi Selfa

THE POTENTIAL OF RAILWAY FREIGHT TRANSPORT IN THE MAGHREB
Sassi Hammami

CONVERGENCE AMONG TRANSPORT AND ENERGY SECTORS IN THE WEST MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES
Pier Paolo Raimondi & Michel Noussan

THE ROLE OF PORTS AS ENERGY HUBS AND THEIR IMPACT ON MEDITERRANEAN MARITIME RELATIONS
Alessandro Panaro & Anna Arianna Buonfanti

DIGITALISATION OF FREIGHT TRANSPORT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: REFLECTIONS ON USE CASES’ FINDINGS
Marco Gorini & Valeria Burlando

DIGITAL RESKILLING AND UPSKILLING, UNPRECEDENTED SCALE, IMPACT, AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES.
Agustí Miró


CONCLUSIONS
CETMO

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