Shift2Rail signs MoU for international collaboration

Shift2RailShift2Rail Joint Undertaking and the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the international cooperation between rail Research & Innovation and Industry on environmentally friendly and energy-efficient transport modes in order to contribute to global decarbonisation.

The cooperation will start during the ongoing programming period under Horizon 2020 and will continue in the new programming period that is expected to start in the second half of 2021 under Horizon Europe.

Under the agreement, Shift2Rail will contribute to the CUTRIC Rail Conference on 23 November 2020 to contribute to global discussions on energy efficiency, alternative materials, rail and big data for operational optimisation, and much more.

“This Memorandum of Understanding is very important for us because it is a key opportunity to collaborate at international scale with industry on low carbon mobility Research & Innovation to enhance the leverage effect of what we do in Europe and to deliver on the European Green Deal objectives”, Carlo Borghini, the Executive Director of Shift2Rail said.

Shift2Railbelieves that rail can become the backbone of the future sustainable carbon-neutral mobility and transport system, and working together with CUTRIC, whose focus is on low-carbon smart mobility, will make a significant contribution to achieving this.

CUTRIC wants to contribute to the development of sustainable mobility based on the implementation of modern technology.

The vision of CUTRIC, a non-profit innovation consortium is to make Canada a global leader in low-carbon smart mobility, by focusing on technology development, integration and standardisation vis-à-vis low-carbon propulsion systems, smart vehicle systems, data-driven analytics in mobility, and cybersecurity in transportation. CUTRIC wants to achieve these goals through industry-led collaborative research and large-scale technology integration trials.

“This joint undertaking is a prime example of the international innovation economy using collaboration, research and analytics to further the global goals of reducing carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency, and providing better transit for all,” said Josipa Petrunić, the CEO of CUTRIC.

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