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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 News Editor / Updated: 13 Jun 2016

Engineers call for electric vehicle revolution (Ireland)

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A national association of engineers in Ireland has said that the country must embrace electric vehicles to ensure it meets its overall renewable energy targets.

Engineers Ireland, which represents 23 000 engineers, said that the country needs improvements in technology, financial incentives and a change in attitude towards electric vehicles.

The body called on public transport operators to swap their vehicles for electric bus fleets immediately, and for Irish government ministers to set an example by switching to electric cars.

By Robert Pressl / Updated: 09 Jun 2016
By News Editor / Updated: 05 Jul 2016

Romania rolls out improved incentives for purchasing e-vehicles

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The Romanian government has announced that it will spend 220 million Romanian leu (€ 48.85m) on encouraging people to scrap their older cars and buy cleaner vehicles.

One of the first measures will be to improve a current scrappage scheme, known as Rabla – under which citizens receive 6,500 Romanian Lei (€ 1 440) for scrapping vehicles older than 8 years.

Originally designed to take the most polluting cars off the roads, the environment ministry has now introduced two ‘eco-bonuses’ to the scheme.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 12 May 2016

Officer - Sustainable Mobility and Transport

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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is an association of 1,200 local governments in 68 countries that are dedicated to sustainable development. It has 15 offices servicing its members while developing innovative projects and events and is an international not-for-profit association and network perceived as the international representative of cities for sustainability. The European Secretariat is based in Freiburg, Germany.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 11 May 2016

European Sustainable Energy Week 2016 Policy Conference

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) Policy Conference is the most important European conference dedicated to sustainable energy policy issues. Sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders debate new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas, while networking events forge alliances. Awards for outstanding projects begin the week.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 05 Jul 2016

Most effective ways to promote electric vehicles studied

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A new study has assessed the best ways to promote electric vehicles and encourage consumers to adopt them.

The study was conducted in Norway, which now has the highest market share for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) of any country in the world. There are currently over 70 000 BEVs operating on Norway's roads, and they accounted for over 20 per cent of new car sales in 2015.

A survey was circulated to around 3 400 BEV owners who were asked to rate the importance of different incentives such as exemption from taxes, free parking and ferry tickets, and use of bus lanes.

By alainlhostis / Updated: 21 Apr 2016

How many European cities have SUMPs?

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in the context of the starting European H2020 project MOBLITY4EU, I would like to know how many cities in Europe have developed SUMPs. Our first step in the project is identifying "societal trends" that have an impact on mobility/transport. Is there a dynamic in the domain of SUMPs, do many more cities develop such strategies that European institution want to see more and more developed?
Ideally I would like to get a live statistics, like those run by Eurostat or Urban Audit. I know I am a dreamer.

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By News Editor / Updated: 22 Mar 2016

New metro station design cuts exposure to harmful air - study

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Researchers have found that newly designed metro stations with platform sliding doors and good ventilation can reduce passengers’ exposure to harmful air pollutants.

Two EU-funded projects investigated the air quality in metro stations in Barcelona (Spain) during two seasonal periods: warm (April to July 2013) and cold (October 2013 to March 2014).

High-volume samplers were used to collect fine particulate matter (PM2.5) on the platforms of four stations, representing different designs.

By News Editor / Updated: 23 Feb 2016

€13 bn requested for EC transport funds

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The European Commission has received funding applications worth almost €13 bn for mobility projects which will close gaps between member states’ transport networks and connect the whole continent.

The Commission and the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) have closed the second call for proposals of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), worth more than €7.6 bn to finance key transport projects in the European Union.

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By News Editor / Updated: 05 Jul 2016

Rip out traffic lights to improve safety – new report (UK)

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The UK’s Institute of Economic Affairs claims that the increase in traffic regulations is damaging the British economy and is having a detrimental effect on road safety and the environment.

In a new report, the IEA says that the number of traffic lights in England has increased by 25 per cent since 2000, while the number of speed humps have risen to 60 000 since their introduction in the early 1980s.