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By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

Commission approves UK scheme to facilitate environmental protection

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The UK Logistics Transaction Programme aims to facilitate environmental protection and the reduction of CO2 emissions through the promotion of best practices in transport
The European Commission approved a scheme to facilitate environmental protection in UK.
By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

Towards European partnership for a sustainable hydrogen economy

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A new Communication on actions towards the launch of a European Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technology Partnership was presented by Commission President Romano Prodi, Vice president Loyola de Palacio and Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin.
By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

New plan to save children on school roads launched by the Red Cross in partnership with the European Commission

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The Red Cross and the European Commission launched the campaign on 3 June in Athens, which will be about increasing the safety of children on roads to school and will and will be Europe wide, covering 25 countries from the EU and candidate countries
Under the slogan You've got only one life…So take care! the Red Cross, in partnership with the European Commission, has launched a plan to save children on schools roads. The new campaign, launched on June 3 in Athens, addresses children and those responsible for their well being, including parents, teachers and authorities.
By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

EU signed an agreement of co-operation on fuel cells technology with US

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The agreement aims to strengthen research links on fuel cells technology, by bringing together EU and US researchers
Fuel cells are efficient energy converters, which generate electricity and heat by chemically combining oxygen from its fuel cell source without combustion or pollution. They are key elements for an hydrogen oriented economy, and could replace combustion based conversion systems in the long term future.
By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

European Commission proposes that urban areas of more than 100.000 inhabitants (500 in EU-25) implement sustainable urban transport plans

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Sustainable urban transport is one of the priority themes of the new Communication Towards a Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment.
The Sixth Environment Action Programme identifies Thematic Strategies as a new way of tackling environmental issues and calls for the development of seven such strategies, on the urban environment, the marine environment, air, soil, pesticides, natural resources and waste.
By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

Commission calls for revision of European legislation on driving licences in Europe

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The aim is to combine greater freedom of movement, stricter anti-fraud measures and increased road safety to the benefits of all European road users.
The European Commission proposed on 22 October 2003 a revision of the European legislation on driving licences to reduce the possibilities of fraud, ensure a true freedom of movement and to EU drivers and reinforce road safety.
By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

Transport 'key' in climate change battle, says UN Secretary-General

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At the opening of the 'Ascent' conference in the United Arab Emirates, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called climate change 'the defining issue of our time', and said that better transport is needed to combat it.
In his speech, Mr Ban outlined nine key areas with the greatest potential for fast and meaningful results. They include cities and transport, agriculture, energy, finance, and climate resilience. He added that many of the solutions required already exist, while others are being rapidly developed.
By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

Dresden installs nest boxes along tram route to shelter local birds (Germany)

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The city is encouraging bird species to breed and keep pest levels down on local trees by fixing nest boxes to utility poles.
DVB, the public transportation operator in Dresden (Germany) has installed seven nest boxes on poles connecting the overhead wires for the city’s trams. The aim is to attract bird species which feed on the insect leafminers, which are posing a threat to the city’s horse chestnut trees.
By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

Horizon 2020 launches mobility funding for 2014

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The European Commission has launched the first calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s €80 billion research and innovation programme spanning the next seven years. Funding over the first two years is worth more than €15 billion.
Horizon 2020 is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and address issues that will make a difference in people's lives, including sustainable transport. Three calls have been launched under the theme of ‘smart, green and integrated transport’ worth €540 million.
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By Maija Rusanen / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

QUEST project helps cities improve sustainable urban mobility policies & actions

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From 2011-2013 the QUEST project developed a Quality Management Tool to help cities set up and further develop their sustainable mobility policies and actions. The tool has now been finalised and it is time to take a look at the results and the future of QUEST.