Only one month after Geneva committed to becoming the first city to join the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Initiative, the cities of Hamburg, Ghent and Ingolstad have also joined the initiative. UAM aims to develop the market for this new dimension in urban mobility, which could help address unmet mobility user needs and offer new opportunities for European companies.
In September 2017, the co-funded European Project FREVUE concluded its 4.5-year, large-scale initiative to test electric vehicles (EVs) in real-world urban logistic operations. The trials took place in eight European cities that were selected to demonstrate EVs in a range of climatic conditions, differing urban environments and distinctive local policy settings.
As part of the Interreg REFORM project, a consortium of seven organisations, located in five different European countries, supports the implementation and deployment of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) as an instrument for shifting mobility towards low-carbon patterns. This project gives particular attention to regions which play a central role to encourage the adoption of SUMPs by local authorities, including small towns and medium-sized cities.
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Applications are now open for this year's CIVITAS Awards! Towns and cities - submit your entries by 13 July 2018 to be in with a chance of winning Europe's most prestigious prizes for clean urban transport.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, joined other European leaders in signing a declaration at the European Metropolitan Transport Authorities (EMTA) conference, reaffirming their collective ambition to achieve low to zero-carbon transport networks in cities and metropolitan areas across Europe, as reported by Transport for Greater Manchester.
The event in Paris, which marked the associations 20th anniversary, was also attended by the French Transport Minister, Elisabeth Borne.
"Pilot project study on innovative ways of sustainably financing public transport" carried out by CENIT and Prognos as part of a consortium led by COWI was commissioned by DG MOVE. The Final report is available from EUROPA in the EU Bookshop under the Transport Policy theme. The report abstract states that;
Official data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) on the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of the European Union show that there was a small reduction in GHG emissions (0.4%) in 2016 compared to the previous year. The reduction was delivered as a result of the EU using less coal for heat and electricity production, which compensated for the fact that emissions from the transport sector actually increased for the third year in a row.
Violations of EU clean air rules have resulted in the start of infringement procedures against France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania and the United Kingdom.
The European Commission recognises cities that take bold measures to tackle environmental and social challenges with City Awards.
These prestigious awards promote and reward the efforts that individual cities make in a wide range of areas from fair and ethical trade, accessibility, environmental sustainability and transport, tourism, to innovation and tackling cultural challenges.
Interreg Europe has launched its fourth call for proposals for projects, which will be open until 22 June 2018. The call is open to interregional cooperation projects that target the promotion of sustainable multi-modal urban mobility and relevant adaptation measures. Interreg Europe will co-finance up to 85% of project activities depending on the legal status of the project partner(s) involved.