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17 May 2021

Report on how 'living labs' contribute to the transformation of urban mobility

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

Roadmap on new EU urban mobility framework published

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).

11 May 2021

Alternative fuel vehicle Concepts and operations on road and rail 

Developing innovative solutions for transshipment nodes is risky and ressource-intensive.

Therefore, the six demonstrators Venice Port Authority, BEHALA, Rostock Port, Interporto Bologna SpA, Budapest Dock Szabadkikötő and Port of Koper (Luka Koper) are testing different innovations for InterGreen-Nodes.

In order to generate the technical and process solutions for terminals and last mile transport and to make the success measurable, the Research Group Transport Logistics of the Technische Hochschule Wildau developed common processes and structures. 
As a result, a very interesting report was developed with concepts for the operation of alternative fuel vehicles on road and rail.
The report is based on a comprehensive market analysis of the ports' expectations for green fuel vehicles. The focus is on battery electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, as these types of propulsion promise very high CO2 savings potential, but at the same time present the greatest challenges, as performance data must be translated into technical requirements for which little experience is available.

A report worth reading with practical relevance! ➡ Klick here.

06 May 2021

Guidelines for green nodes development

Fostering impact by policy involvement is an important part of the InterGreen-Nodes project. Establishing a reciprocal information flow information and an appropriate context between EU and local/regional actors is one of the main objectives.

A milestone has been set by Unioncamere del Veneto - Eurosportello Veneto!

To define the regional action plans for the future development of InterGreen-Nodes, the "easy to use" guide was developed. In this, three main aspects are focused:

  • coherence with European, national, regional planning documents,
  • strategies for accessing funding opportunities,
  • identification of general administrative framework to foster the investment.

As a result of investigating and presenting the policy framework and scoping funding opportunities that enable the development of environmentally friendly, intermodal last-mile freight transport in urban areas, provides decision makers with a synoptic overview of all project phases.

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16 April 2021

Welcome CINEA (new European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency)

Since 1 April 2021, INEA has been replaced by the new European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). This follows the approval on 12 February of the package of delegation of programmes to the six executive agencies.

With a budget of €52 billion and a new portfolio, the Agency will implement the actions needed to achieve the European Green Deal objective of attaining climate neutrality by 2050. CINEA will operate between 2021 and 2027, with more than 500 staff.

The Agency will continue to manage the CEF Transport and Energy programmes, which support the deployment of infrastructure in Europe. Transport and energy projects are helping to speed up the decarbonisation of the European economy by developing modern infrastructure and networks.

The Horizon Europe Programme will also contribute to the decarbonisation of the transport sector, funding projects that fight climate change and generally make the transport and energy sector more sustainable.

CINEA will also continue to manage the implementation of the Innovation Fund, a key instrument supporting the European Commission’s strategic vision of a climate neutral Europe by 2050.

Implementation of the LIFE programme will also come under CINEA’s responsibility, as will the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund and

two new mechanisms contributing to renewable energy and climate neutrality: the Renewable Energy Financing Mechanism and the Just Transition Mechanism for the regions most affected by the transition towards climate-neutrality.

Since 2014 the Innovation and Network Executive Agency (INEA), has implemented over 11 000 projects in the fields of transport, telecommunications and energy.

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