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Geneva Green Guide

International Road Transport Union

IRU
International Road Transport Union
3 rue de Varembé Case Postale 44
CH-1211 Geneva 20
Tel: 
(+41 22) 918 27 00
Fax: 
(+41 22) 918 27 41
Email: 
Contact: 

Jens Hügel, Head - Sustainable Development, Email: jens.huegel@iru.org

Description

The IRU, through its national associations, represents the entire road transport industry worldwide. It speaks for the operators of coaches, taxis and trucks, from large transport fleets to driver-owners. The IRU acts as the industry’s advocate to all of the international bodies that make decisions affecting road transport. The IRU has 180 members in 70 countries.

Organization: 
Non-governmental and business organizations
Established: 
1948
Staff: 
140
Chief/Director: 
President: Janusz Lacny, Secretary General: Martin Marmy
Activities: 

The IRU’s priority issues are Sustainable Development and the Facilitation of Trade, Tourism and Transport. The IRU provides leadership on sustainable development, for example by obtaining the road transport sector’s commitment to achieving the economic, social and environmental goals set out in the UN’s Agenda 21 sustainable development plan. In addition, there are several objectives related to the environment among the IRU’s core activities:

  • ensuring that vehicles are safe, clean, efficient, and fuel-efficient;
  • encouraging sound fleet management, strict vehicle maintenance and good working conditions for drivers;
  • helping to make roads safer and less congested;
  • seeking improvements in the environmental performance of vehicles.
Cooperation: 

The IRU maintains close working relationships with the appropriate national bodies, as well as with IGOs and NGOs.

Publications: 

IRU Charter for Sustainable Development; IRU Guide to Sustainable Development; IRU Report on Road Transport Best Industry Practices (I & II); This is the IRU 2007; IRU initiative: “Driving towards Sustainable Development”. See the website.

Keywords: 
transport
trade & environment
agenda 21
energy
sustainable tourism