Welcome to the Eltis Mobility Update!
Among the regular selection on interesting news items, events, case studies etc. in this issue of the Eltis Mobility Update we present to you an article on Sustainable Urban Transport from a Developing Country Context from Dr. Ela Babalik-Sutcliffe, Associate Professor at Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of City and Regional Planning University.
Furthermore we would like to invite you to the Eltis Forum to share your opinion on the topic of bicycle helmet as compulsory, recently announced by the Spanish government.
We wish you pleasant reading and a powerful coming back to work from holiday.
Your Eltis Team
Commission launches first EU Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan award for local authorities
Within the framework of its recently launched Sustainable Urban Mobility campaign which has the slogan “Do the right mix”, the European Commission has launched the EU’s first award to encourage the adoption of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).
Applicants can submit their entries for the award at www.dotherightmix.eu. The application process will remain open until 9 November 2012, and the winner of the award for the best plan, as decided by an expert jury, will be rewarded with a prize of €10,000 to support local awareness-raising activities on sustainable urban mobility.
Bicycle mapping in Berlin using crowd sourcing (Germany)
A project run by an Australian traffic planner has produced an interactive bicycle map for the city of Berlin. On a dedicated website cyclists can mark roads and streets on a Google Map with safety and cycling suitability information. The input of many different cyclists will make the satisfaction and comfort of cycling on this particular road visible to all.
Record numbers carried on the transport network during the London olympics (UK)
Transport for London are hailing all their preparations for the olympic games a success following record numbers of passengers on public transport. More than 60 million journeys were made on the Tube (underground) - up 30 per cent on normal levels, the DLR saw more than six million journeys - up by over 100 per cent on normal levels, and London Overground saw nearly six million journeys - up by 47 per cent on normal levels only in the first 2 weeks of the games.
New European Technological Platform Invites Technology Proposals
The Mobility and Transport Working Group of the Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform invites the submission of ideas, pilot projects and best practices with special focus on:
- ICT based information and communication systems (incl. vehicle-to-infrastructure, vehicle-to-vehicle, intermodal transport, mobility management)
- New business and governance models, focusing on organisational aspects to increase multi-/inter-modality and overcome market obstacles); and
- Innovations around cross-sectoral integration, in order to increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants, raise mobility efficiency; such as the linkage of e-mobility and the concept of smart grids.
“Cicloteque” – The first bike renting centre in Bucharest, Romania
Initiated by the “MaiMultVerde” (More Green) NGO and with financial backing from Unicredit Tiriac Bank, Cicloteque was opened in August 2008 as the first bike renting centre in Bucharest, offering 150 bicycles. After its first four years, Cicloteque totals over 35,000 users nd has resulted in over 130,000 pedalling hours, which have helped prevent more than 200 tons of CO2 emissions.
Carfree Day in Budapest – Evolution from a marginal event into a real success story of international repute
Can we really be carfree? Can a festival on sustainable urban transport attract more than hundred thousand people? What has green transport to do with theatres and yoga? The Budapest Carfree Day provides the answer to all these questions. The success of the event is demonstrated by 110,000 visitors in 2011: Another indicator of success is that during the two days of the event a 50% reduction in air pollution was measured in the affected area!
Expansion of the low-car-traffic zone in Mechelen (Belgium)
The existing car-free area in Mechelen has recently been expanded. Cameras with number plate recognition capability monitor compliance within the area. The car-free centre makes the city even more attractive for the Malinois to live, for customers to shop and for tourists to visit.
Introducing: The BIOMASTER Project which aims to engage with people and processes to enable a significant breakthrough in the uptake of biomethane for transport and helps to meet EU’s 2020 strategy
Between 118 and 138 million tonnes of bio-waste are produced every year in the European Union. This includes about 88 million tonnes is municipal waste which is projected to increase by about 10% by 2020. The European Union presently has one of the strictest standards of legislation regarding waste management and landfill sites. The European Union’s overall aim is “to prevent or reduce as far as possible negative effects on the environment, in particular the pollution of surface water, groundwater, soil and air, and on the global environment, including the greenhouse effect, as well as any resulting risk to human health, from the landfilling of waste, during the whole life-cycle of the landfill”. About one-third of the European Union’s 10% target for renewable energy in transport in 2020 could be met by using biomethane produced from bio-waste.
BIOMASTER (www.biomaster-project.eu) is a project, co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe-Programme, which intends to address several challenges and targets of Renewable Energies for Europe towards 2020.
Biomethane from waste offers, among all biofuels, the best results in terms of energy and environmental performance. Additionally, the composition of biomethane is very similar to that of fossil gas, so that biomethane can be readily substituted in vehicle engines designed to run on natural gas.
There are significant barriers to the use of biomethane for transport that have prevented uptake almost everywhere across the European Union. In several countries biogas exists almost exclusively for power generation, supported by financial incentive systems, while similar schemes do not exist for biomethane for transport, so hindering the growth of that market.
The four participating regions in BIOMASTER, Malopolska Region (Poland), Norfolk County (United Kingdom), Skåne Region (Sweden) and Trentino Province (Italy), are working together to promote biomethane production, its grid injection and use for transport. They are undertaking a joint initiative involving all these key components of the biomethane chain, stimulating investment, lobbying to remove non-technological barriers and mobilising action for uptake.
By creating a project that links several members of the European Union, BIOMASTER makes it possible to address a wide variety of different situations, and to tackle the barriers to the use of biomethane for transport, in a way that would not be possible within one country alone. Promoting the biomethane economy at European level has the advantage of widening the potential of the market beyond national borders. BIOMASTER aims to bridge the knowledge and operational gaps fragmenting the biomethane and to set-up local stakeholder networks to fully explore and exploit biomethane sources, potential users, the available distribution modes, and the legal, organisational and financial barriers.
You can join the BIOMASTER Network to participate in the discussion, learn form and share your point of view with others throughout Europe. Discussion topics include:
- How to bring biomethane to the centre of public policy debate;
- How to interact with the business community and other institutions;
- How to focus on the overarching benefits created by biomethane;
- How to address the persisting legal, fiscal and organisational obstacles to market break-through;
- How to attract interest on biomethane, on not just a regional, but also on a national level.
Further project information is available for download:
- BIOMASTER Project Folder – download
- Activity Plan: Biomethane production & upgrading – download
- Activity Plan: Biomethane grid injection & other distribution options – download
- Activity Plan: Biomethane use as transport fuel – download
- Four detailed assessment reports of the potential feedstock market – download
- Report on Technical assessment of different vehicle storage options – download
- The Norfolk Farmer’s Guide to Biomethane – download
- Guide on method: Biogas production in Malopolska – download
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