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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.

 

 
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By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 06 Dec 2019
By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 15 Nov 2019

Poland plans tax on congestion caused by superstores

Poland is planning to introduce a “congestion tax” on large superstores such as supermarkets, furniture shops, and other large-scale retail stores. With this tax, the Polish government wants to hold these superstores responsible for the increase in traffic volumes and congestion in their proximity. Jadwiga Emilewicz, the Polish Minister for entrepreneurship and technology, stated that “increased congestion results in higher costs to answer to insufficient transport infrastructure”. Using an algorithm, the shares of stores on increase congestion would be calculated and attributed.

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By Benjamin Baxter / Updated: 13 Nov 2019
By Tom Nokes / Updated: 11 Nov 2019
By Tom Nokes / Updated: 06 Nov 2019
By Benjamin Baxter / Updated: 04 Nov 2019

National Air Quality Conference

As health-damaging levels of air pollutants in towns and cities continue, there is a need to identify and share information on delivering policies that offer quantifiable benefits for health, energy, urban design and transport.

The National Air Quality Conference in the UK, organised by Air Quality News, will explore some of the issues and the possible solutions to the continuing high levels of air pollution in communities. The Conference will serve as a platform for business, local authorities and others to learn and network. 

By rswa178 / Updated: 01 Nov 2019

CIVITAS SUMPs-Up webinar: Integration of SUMPs into urban planning and climate work

Urban planning, climate and energy work and sustainable urban mobility planning all share the same goal: to plan and develop cities and municipalities in a sustainable, climate-friendly way.

Therefore, the integration of different strategies and approaches is of utmost importance. It prevents duplicated work in city administrations and facilitates the efficient and successful implementation of strategies.

By Francesco Ripa / Updated: 28 Oct 2019

Cut air pollution in Europe to prevent early deaths, says the EEA

A new analysis of air quality in Europe by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that exposure to air pollution caused around 400,000 premature deaths in the European Union (EU) in 2016.

According to the report, air quality across Europe is improving, but pollution is still causing significant damage to people’s health and the economy. The study shows that almost all Europeans living in cities are still exposed to air pollution levels that exceed the health-based air quality guidelines set by the World Health Organisation.

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By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 23 Oct 2019
By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 23 Oct 2019

Urban mobility planning and policy - best practice from EU for third countries

There has been a growing interest from third countries to learn from European experience in the area of sustainable urban mobility.

In response to this, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport – with the support of an external consultant – published two booklets in English with translations into Mandarin, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

The two booklets are: 

European Urban Mobility: Policy Context

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