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15 June 2021
The transport sector is the second largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU. To overcome the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal, a set of policy initiatives with the aim of making Europe climate-neutral by 2050.
Some member states and regions have set high ambitions and implemented strong measures in the deployment of clean fuels. Still, the level of ambition in target setting and policy proposals varies greatly between member states. In order to achieve the climate targets set by the international community in the Paris Agreement, the EU needs to accelerate the uptake of zero-emission vehicles and the related infrastructure. Efforts will need to be considerably higher both on a European and national level.
At the BSR Access Clean Fuel Agora on 9th June 2021, hosted by the Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg, the status quo of clean fuel deployment in the Baltic Sea Region (→ report) and the BSR Access position paper on clean fuels deployment (→ summary, → full version) has been presented and discussed with 50 participants from all over the Baltic Sea Region. Organised as online meeting place for experts, practitioners and officials across the national borders, thematic sectors and administrative levels in the Baltic Sea Region, following questions were raised:
With the attendance of the European Coordinator for the North Sea-Baltic Core Network Corridor, Catherine Trautmann, the Prioroity Area Coordinator Transport of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, Thomas Erlandson and other distinguished speakers, the panelists clearly committed themselves to accelerate clean fuel deployment in the Baltic Sea Region by better collaboration to coordinate the process of transition towards zero emission transport acrosss borders. The discussion on how to organise coordinative measures shall be continued after the summer break under the umbrella of the EUSBSR Priority Area Transport.
Check programme and presentations below to find out more! A detailed report will be provided soon.
14 June 2021
In line with the priorities of the European Green Deal and the Sustainable and Smart Transport Strategy, transport – including urban mobility – should become drastically less polluting and undergo twin green and digital transitions, to build a resilient and sustainable transport system for generations to come. Additional information is available in the published roadmap. The European Commission’s new urban mobility initiative, currently under preparation, will operationalise these goals by proposing actions needed to address common urban mobility challenges like pollution, congestion, accessibility and urban road safety, thus improving people’s quality of life.
Within the framework of the consultation process on its new initiative, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport is organising five consultation workshops on topics of interest for stakeholders and the public:
14 June 14:00–16:00: Consultation workshop on the new EU urban mobility initiative for local and regional authorities, civil society and the general public, including a political session (by invitation only), organised in cooperation with the European Committee of Regions – registration
15 June 14:00–16:00: Consultation workshop on the new EU urban mobility initiative for representatives of the Member States Expert Group on Urban Mobility (EGUM)
21 June 14:30–16:30: Consultation workshop on the new EU urban mobility initiative: Urban freight transport and logistics – registration
24 June, 10:00–12:00: Consultation workshop on the new EU urban mobility initiative: Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) and Mobility Management – registration
28 June, 10:00–12:00: Consultation workshop on the new EU urban mobility initiative: Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVARs) – registration
The workshops allow urban mobility practitioners, stakeholders and the public to have their say on policy and priorities being addressed at the European level, and on specific actions to be included in the new urban mobility initiative.
The initiative is due to be published by the end of the year.
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04 June 2021
How can inland shipping within sensitive regions become CO2-neutral? InterGreen Nodes project partner Berliner Hafen- und Lagerhausgesellschaft mbH (BEHALA) has been working on this question for years. The idea involved developing an emission-free hybrid-electric powered canal push boat for use in the Berlin-Brandenburg region and between Berlin and Hamburg. In the lighthouse project ELEKTRA, the BEHALA created a significant milestone in the context of the climate policy targets of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Many things have happened since the keel was laid for the world's first zero-emission push boat in November 2019. The complex work of assembling and installing the relevant components up to floatability has been completed and BEHALA celebrated the successful launch of the "ELEKTRA" at the Hermann Barthel shipyard in Derben on 27. May 2021. Now the push boat will be further equipped and fitted out at the quay.
It is planned to carry out inspections and approvals by experts, surveyors and the inspection commission of the Waterways and Shipping Administration in the coming months, and thus to complete the construction and commissioning process.
If nothing more comes, the "ELEKTRA" can be transferred to its home port of Berlin Westhafen at the end of August in order to begin the testing of the transport carrier. The resulting findings will be evaluated in terms of their technical performance and environmental impact as part of InterGreen nodes in collaboration with the Technical University of Wildau.
Discover more about the project. → https://www.behala.de/en/the-push-boat-with-a-whole-new-energy-system/
Dipl.-Ing. Klaus-G. Lichtfuß
BEHALA – Berliner Hafen- und Lagerhausgesellschaft mbH
17 May 2021
Since 2006 the concept of the 'living lab' has been recognised by the European Commission as a key tool for open innovation. Living labs have spread all over Europe in various waves, first focusing on new ICT tools and later spreading to other fields, such as sustainable energy, healthcare, safety, and mobility. Living labs are seen as a key strategic instrument to boost the uptake of innovative sustainable urban mobility solutions in order to accelerate the transition to scale by engaging directly with citizens, the local community and all stakeholders in a real-life environment. This includes improving people’s quality of life by creating more liveable urban spaces through innovation and transformation.
In this context, LuxMobility and Breda University of Applied Sciences, funded by the EIT Urban Mobility, drew up an inventory of urban mobility living labs in the Pan-European region and recently published their main output on living labs. The report illustrates that the operational set up and local urban mobility strategies, as well as the goals of the main key stakeholders, have led in practice to a large variety of urban mobility living labs in Europe. The report provides an understanding of the scope of the mobility living labs movement in Europe, the typologies of the living labs deployed and their added value for the mobility transition, as well as their barriers.
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12 May 2021
The European Commission is working on a new EU urban mobility framework to support Member States, regions and cities as they develop safe, accessible, inclusive, smart, resilient and zero-emission urban mobility. All need to contribute to the EU climate and transport policy objectives and targets, as set out in the European Green Deal and in the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy. Actions will include strengthening the role of urban nodes on the Trans-European Transport (TEN-T) Network as enablers of sustainable, efficient and multi-modal transport.
The Roadmap is open for comments until 25 May 2021 (midnight Brussels time).