Three years have passed since the new Central European cooperation project EfficienCE kicked off. Twelve partners, including seven public transport authorities/companies from seven countries worked together to explore and test energy efficiency measures and the role of renewable energies in public transport systems and to contribute to the EU’s White Paper goals to cut transport emissions by 60% by 2050 and to halve the use of conventionally fuelled cars in urban transport by 2030.
EfficienCE was a cooperation project funded by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE programme that aimed at reducing the carbon footprint in the region. Most central European cities have extensive public transport systems, which can form the basis of low-carbon mobility services. More than 63% of commuters in the region are using public transport. Measures to increase the energy efficiency and share of renewables in public transport infrastructure can thus have a particularly high impact on reducing CO2.
This was achieved by supporting local authorities, public transport authorities and operators by developing, planning and financing strategies and action plans, implementing pilot actions, developing tools and trainings to plan and operate low-carbon infrastructure, and by transferring knowledge and best practices on energy-efficient measures across central European regions.
The whole article with the results of the project can be found here.