OUR SUCCESS IS YOUR SUCCESS… As the world emerges from a period of unprecedented turmoil, IRF remains committed to increasing road and transport investments to meet the demands for safe and efficient travel and flow of goods and services to help improve the lives of people worldwide.

The 18th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition, a 4-day global summit and technology showcase in Dubai, UAE, came to a close on November 10, 2021 with a renewed call for consensus-building and knowledge partnerships in our industry to address key sustainability and mobility challenges.

The volunteer leadership of the IRF, PIARC (World Roads Association) and REAAA (the Road Engineering Association of Asia & Australasia) met during the 18th IRF World Meeting to explore and avenues for possible cooperation with a view towards leveraging their respective strengths in areas of shared interest and avoiding duplications where activities can be mutualized.

“Road safety is at a crossroads” according to the United Nations’ Global Plan of Action released in October as part of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030.

A new IRF report titled “ITS for Climate Impact Mitigation” was launched on November 8, 2021 during the 18th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition.

Working with industry leaders, IRF has convened a new taskforce to explore how AI and computational advances can assist road agencies diagnose functional distresses to their pavements, structures and traffic assets.

Recognizing the need to improve the management of transport assets and to plan for growing risks, in the face of a changing climate, the World Bank partnered with IRF to develop a freely accessible, self-paced online training program which provides strategic, experiential, and practical knowledge on how to integrate climate and disaster risk considerations in the management of transport assets specially adapted to the needs of Small Island Developing States.

The International Road Federation (IRF) has announced the winners of the 2021 IRF Global Road Achievement Awards, a global competition to recognize outstanding achievement by road professionals.

Eng. Khalid Al-Hogail, the President of the International Association Public Transport (UITP) and CEO of the Saudi Public Transport Company (SAPTCO), has been nominated to receive the International Road Federation's highest individual recognition.

The International Road Federation (IRF Global) today presented its prestigious road safety accolade - known as the 'Find a Way' award - to Hrvatske autoceste d.o.o. a government-owned company charged with operating, maintaining and improving Croatia’s highway network.

The infrastructure industry is a continually evolving business technology environment. Each of these innovations has brought it closer to the final frontier of the infrastructure technology revolution - the complete digitalization of infrastructure.

There is great power in an ecosystem of diverse players and parties all working towards a shared goal. And when the goal is safer roads, we need that power now more than ever before. The duty that industry and private sector companies have to be a part of the solution is also an opportunity.

On the backdrop of declining fuel consumption due to the introduction of e-vehicles and cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles, the sustainability of traditional sources of road user charges revenue, specifically the fuel levy, necessitates the need to adopt strategies to seek alternative and long-term funding solutions for road maintenance.

Over the next decade, LMICs are projected to invest more than US$140 bn per annum on road infrastructure construction and maintenance. The economic viability, technical, financing and maintenance options for many of these investments will be appraised and optimised using HDM-4, a highway development and management software tool.

While activists and world leaders are preoccupied with the challenges of transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy, the carbon intensity of road infrastructure remains under reported, if at all. The fact that the average service life of roads is 10-15 years provides us all with a clear event horizon directly connected to the Paris Agreement in 2035 and 2050.

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