The EU Sustainable Energy Week 2018 is back with its Awards Competition. The call for exemplary projects in ‘Consumers’, ‘Businesses’, ‘Young Energy Leaders’ and ‘Public Sector’ closes on 23 February. It is your time to shine: this year, you can either apply for an award or nominate your favourite activities, projects and actions.
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Every year, the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) organises the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) – the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. The 13th edition will take place from 4 to 8 June 2018 in Brussels at the European Commission’s Charlemagne building and at the Residence Palace. This year’s focus is ‘lead the clean energy transition’, and the week-long series of events will cover a number of activities with an EU-wide scope.
Alessandro Giordani is head of the Citizens' Contact unit in DG COMM, responsible for Europe Direct Information Centres (EDICs). He and his team have been working on a new, more proactive generation of EDICs, focused on more engagement with civil society.
A study published in early 2018 by the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute shows the impact of lower speed limits in urban areas on road fatalities and injuries. A maximum speed reduction from 50 to 40 kilometer per hour could help save as many as 5 lives per year and prevent 83 severe injuries and 12 very serious injuries on a yearly basis.
A bicycle-friendly workplace is great for companies and their employees. Cycling can contribute to the success of a business or organisation and supporting employees getting to work by cycling is a worthwhile investment.
The streets of Vienna have a unique feature known as, “Durchhäuser” (which translates to “through-houses”) that are traditional, pedestrian-friendly shortcuts through the city. These through-houses offer pedestrians public passage through the building, itself. There are thought to be more than 700 of these shortcuts in Vienna and although some of these walking routes are well known, most have been forgotten and are only used by people who live in the neighbourhood.
A new web-based tool has become available to help city authorities plan sustainable transport policy measures.
The tool is the result of the European Urban Transport Roadmaps study, supported by European Commission. The tool provides cities with the ability to identify and explore different transport policies and measures to address key challenges related to their transport systems.
The Urban Agenda for the EU was launched in May 2016 with the Pact of Amsterdam. It represents a new multi-level working method promoting cooperation between Member States, cities, the European Commission and other stakeholders in order to stimulate growth, liveability and innovation in the cities of Europe and to identify and successfully tackle social challenges. Thematic Partnerships and their action plans represent the key delivery mechanism within the Urban Agenda for the EU.
Thanks to its “TRAVEL FOR ALL – The Commitment of European Public Transport” brochure, UITP showcases its commitment to provide transport quality services accessible for all. Right at the time of discussion on the European Accessibility Act, UITP reports on its contribution and its willingness to take on the challenge of safeguarding accessibility for all, a highly relevant factor in public transportation tackling manifolds aspects such as the network penetration, entering the service offer or vehicles designs for the trip itself.
In a press release, the Czech Ministry of Transport has announced that it will invest up to CZK 130 million (around EUR 5.1 million) from European funds into electric vehicle charging stations across the Czech Republic.
On 20th January 2018 in hessaloniki, Greece, the first conference took place on the development of the city of Thessaloniki, which was jointly organized by the Greek Institute for Research and Development (ELINEKA), the “Journal-Thessaloniki political agenda" and “Myportal.gr”.
In his speech, Professor Yannis A. Mylopoulos, President of the Attiko Metro SA provided an overview of the state-of-the-art and progress of the works related to the construction and extension of Thessaloniki’s underground network.
EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc has called for 2018 to be the "Year of Multimodality" - a year during which the Commission will raise the importance of multimodality for the EU transport system.
On 29 January 2018, the Department of Home Affairs and Sports and the State Traffic Authority will present a solution for smart park management in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg together with representatives of Deutsche Telekom.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has confirmed how the next stage of his record investment into new cycle routes will be spent and announced routes where design work will begin immediately.
Local Swedish public transportation and technology providers have partnered with the telecommunications company Ericsson to conduct a six-month trial of two electric self-driving shuttle buses on Stockholm's public roads. The aim of the trial is to test how the autonomous vehicles perform under real-word conditions for a prolonged period alongside other road users (cars, cyclists) and pedestrians.
Taxistop & Autodelen.net present: SHARED MOBILITY ROCKS!
The event is to be held on 21st March 2018 at Quay 17 - at the 9300 Aalst, Belgium. Attendance is free but reservations are required!
High level policy makers, researchers and entrepreneurs participating at the 2nd Regional Digital Summit, held 25-26 January in Budapest, agreed on regional cooperation to promote smart mobility.
Polis, the network of European cities and regions that works on innovation in local transport, has launched a discussion paper on automated road vehicles. The paper offers the perspective of city and regional transport authorities on how developments in automated vehicles will affect urban and regional mobility.
The City of Aarhus has inaugurated the first part of its light rail network, the Aarhus Letbane. On 21 December, it opened the first phase the network, a 12-kilometer loop that services 12 stations. The light rail replaces existing bus lines, and thereby reduces noise and pollution. At the same time, the light rail is expected to drive urban development, thanks to a better connection between nieghbourhoods and the city.
On January 15, start-up Poppy launched an environmentally friendly car sharing scheme. The new car sharing platform introduced a fleet of 350 electric and CNG vehicles based on a free-floating principle. This means cars do not have to be collected from and returned to fixed stations.