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The process of developing policy generally involves research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to produce recommendations. Guidelines can help cities develop and assess their transport policies to address existing and new policy objectives. Research organisations and institutions provide valuable data and analysis to underpin policy recommendations and decisions.

 

 
By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 27 Jun 2018

UK competition: Future Fuels for Flight and Freight winners announced

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The UK's Department for Transport have recently announced the winners of stage one of the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C).  The competition was designed to increase domestic production of advanced low carbon fuels for the aviation and HGV sectors as well as stimulate investment and create UK jobs. One of the objectives of the scheme is to demonstrate significant greenhouse gas reduction in comparison to fossil fuel, giving the highest standards of sustainability.

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 20 Jun 2018

International Transport Forum Summit 2019

The 2019 Summit on "Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration" will be held from 22 to 24 May 2019 in Leipzig, Germany

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The Annual Summit of the International Transport Forum is the world's largest gathering of transport ministers and the premier global transport policy event.

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 18 Jun 2018

Schools join research into the effect of air pollution on children's health

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Air pollution is clearly one of the major challenges in London. On the one hand, it is the subject of alarming reports about the damage it causes, on the other hand many recent policy actions are being introduced that aim to tackle the problem. Now, an international research team is starting a study to investigate whether policies such as London's planned Ultra Low Emission Zone are having an impact, not only to improve air quality but also to improve children’s health.

By rswa178 / Updated: 20 Jun 2018

Apply for the CIVITAS Awards 2018 - Europe's top sustainable urban mobility prizes

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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.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 20 Jun 2018

European leaders reaffirm ambition to improve air quality in European cities

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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.

By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 18 Jun 2018

‘Electric roads’, innovative pilot projects launched in Sweden and the Netherlands

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April and May 2018 saw the inauguration of two innovative pilot projects on the ‘electrification of roads’. Both could help support the transition to carbon neutral transport. While one project attempts to generate clean energy through a photovoltaic road surface, the other aims to provide electric power and recharge vehicles during their journey.

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 18 Jun 2018

Mayor of London confirms Ultra-Low Emission Zone to expand up to North & South Circular

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed that the capital’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be expanded in 2021 beyond the centre of the city to include the area within the inner ring road, i.e. to the boundary of the North and South Circular.

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 12 Jun 2018

Final report on innovative ways of sustainably financing public transport

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"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;

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 13 Jun 2018

EU total greenhouse gas emissions slightly on the decline but transport emissions keep increasing

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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.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 13 Jun 2018

London must do more to promote diversity in the cycling community, the city’s cycling chief has said

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London’s walking and cycling commissioner, Will Norman, has expressed concern at the diversity of the current cycling community that is dominated by white, middle-aged men. As a result, he is considering introducing diversity targets to encourage more women and people from ethnic minority groups to cycle.