Cities across Europe are striving for climate neutrality. And with a growing awareness of the role of transport in our emissions, leaders from cities across Europe are more committed than ever to share their best practices and make sure climate neutrality can be ‘mission possible’.
At the EU Green Week, Europe’s biggest environmental event, the winners of the 2021 LIFE Awards were announced by the EU’s LIFE programme. This years’ Awards honoured winners in three different categories from the Slovak Republic (Nature), Spain (Environment), and France (Climate Action). The public also voted for their favourite project in the Citizen’s Award, and the work and dedication of young volunteers were recognised in the LIFE4Youth Award.
Through a new partnership with Upply, the digital marketplace dedicated to road transport and supply chain professionals, IRU, the world road transport organisation, is providing its members with pricing information to help them make the best possible business decisions.
The Council's and the European Parliament's negotiators reached a provisional political agreement setting into law the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050, and a collective, net greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (emissions after deduction of removals) of at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990.
As part of a UN Task Force established in April 2020, experts have developed a set of key recommendations that Member States can implement to support a recovery towards a green and healthy transport and mobility system.
The European Road Safety Charter, led by the European Commission, has now been relaunched. The Charter is a vital element in European efforts to wake people up to the importance of road safety. It offers a fantastic, 3,500-strong network, and mobilises public and private entities as well as civil society in all EU countries and beyond.
The month's LIFE Project for April 2021 is GreenYourRoute.
LIFE GreenYourRoute (LIFE GYR) is an innovative logistics platform for last mile delivery of goods in urban environments developed within a multidisciplinary approach of environmental engineering, computer science and operation research.
The real-world fuel and energy consumption of new cars and vans will be collected as of 2021 under a new Implementing Regulation adopted by the Commission. This data will make it possible to monitor the gap between type approval and actual CO2 emissions, and will provide a better understanding of how vehicles perform under real-world driving conditions.
IRU has renewed calls to promote the use of Eco-trucks to boost transport decarbonisation, including harmonising rules for cross-border operations. This simple and cost effective measure could cut CO2 emissions by more than 13 billion tonnes between now and 2050.
At the end of 2020, the City of Tallinn announced a Call for Tender of “Adaptive traffic management pre-feasibility study in City of Tallinn” and successfully awarded the consortium CIVITTA Eesti AS & STRATUM OÜ as a winner.
From 23 to 26 February, 41 EASME projects will take part in the virtual exhibition of the EU Industry Days and have the opportunity to interact with many stakeholders as industry, policy makers, EU SMEs and find potential synergies.
The Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport has published guidance, which deals with the issue of the movement of goods in cities which, with the increase in e-commerce that sprang up following the Covid-19 epidemic, is taking on completely different profiles compared to a few years ago.
On 1 January 2021, the Greater Lyon metropolitan area in France introduced tighter restrictions for its Low Emission Zone. It currently affects only heavy goods vehicles and vans that do not meet the specified emission limit values.
The EU Urban Road Safety Award recognises the progress local authorities have made towards improving the safety of European roads.The deadline to apply for the EU Urban Road Safety Award has been extended to 20 November 2020, 24:00 (CET).
The objective of the Urban Transitions 2020 is to promote healthy urban development by bringing together different sectors and disciplines working within cities and presenting the state of the art research and providing solutions to and future healthy visions of our cities.
Transport operators are massive generators of data. While digitalisation has the potential to increase efficiency, sustainability and safety, transport operators are at the same time concerned that there is currently no regulatory framework to ensure that they can reap the benefits of data sharing.
November 04, 2020
Driving the future of data: a global challenge for road transport
The newly released CO2 Green report 2019, describing the needs and high level requirements of in situ measurements to help establish an operational Monitoring & Verification Support (MVS) capacity to quantify anthropogenic CO2 emissions, is available.
Representatives from the road, air, maritime, rail, and manufacturing in both passenger mobility and logistics sectors call on European decision makers to adopt an EU framework on the governance of business-to-business (B2B) data that ensures a level playing field for all partners in the digital economy.
With the revision of the Eurovignette Directive on road user charges the subject of intense debate in the European Council, IRU has written an open letter to senior EU officials urging them to consider a well-to-wheel approach in the new text.
In Madrid (Spain), the future of urban freight is starting to look a little bit greener. A prototype of a 12-tonne electric cargo vehicle has been created whose design is tailored to suit the urban freight conditions in the Spanish capital.
Through the re-localisation of logistics activities and the re-configuration of freight flows at different scales, ULaaDS project aims to develop sustainable and liveable cities, allowing people and local businesses to easily use alternative modes of shopping and delivery.
The continuing requirement for better urban transport systems and the need for a healthier environment has added to the increasing success of this annual meeting which attracts international delegates from many different countries.
European Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean, in cooperation with the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, has the pleasure to announce that Digital Transport Days 2020 will be held this year on 18 November in digital format.
European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.
Applicants from all EU countries are requesting some €2.8 billion in co-financing from the LIFE programme for new environmental projects. In total, the proposed projects are looking to invest more than €5.1 billion to protect nature and the environment.
A new database has been launched by the ITF (International Transport Forum) which documents transportation policies aimed at reducing CO2 emissions that have been implemented around the world and reveals their costs, benefits and effectiveness.
A Horizon 2020-funded project aims to create 'digital twins' of urban logistics networks in six European cities in order to support the experimentation and decision making with on-demand logistics operations in a public-private urban setting.
Today, the Commission launched a public consultation on the future of transport to allow both stakeholders and citizens to comment and identify their priorities. The consultation will be open until 23 September. It will enable the Commission to better understand how the EU can help the sector become more sustainable and competitive, more modern and resilient to crises.
Compared to previous years, fewer people lost their lives on EU roads in 2019, according to preliminary figures published today by the European Commission. An estimated 22 800 people died in a road crash last year, almost 7 000 fewer fatalities than in 2010 – a decrease of 23%.
Source: European Commission
July 1, 2020
Road safety: Europe’s roads are getting safer but progress remains too slow
The European Commission has selected the 15 finalists for this year’s LIFE Awards that will take place in the autumn. The Awards, now in their 14th year, recognise the most innovative, inspirational and effective LIFE projects in three categories: climate action, environment and nature protection.
Former Commissioner Bulc is a proud ambassador for the Women in Transport - EU Platform for change. She shies away from giving advice but shares stories and anecdotes that demonstrate where and how improvements to gender balance have been achieved. A key message from Violeta Bulc is that women will have an increasingly important role to play in transport - where digital and green transport solutions will dominate the industry and states that this will bring opportunities for women.
The European Commission has launched its 2020 call for project proposals under the LIFE programme. Measures have been taken to make it easier for applicants to apply in times of coronavirus restrictions including extended deadlines..
The European Commission’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic prioritises keeping citizens healthy. This includes keeping essential transport moving, for example to transport medical supplies and other essential goods. Many Member States have announced restrictions to transport – a fully list by country is available here. This list is updated regularly, as information becomes available.
Commission presented guidelines to Member States on health-related border management measures in the context of the COVID-19 emergency. The aim is to protect citizens' health, ensure the right treatment of people who do have to travel, and make sure essential goods and services remain available.
Source: European Commission
March 17, 2020
Commission presents guidelines for border measures to protect health and keep goods and essential services available
Air pollution is one of the most severe and complex environmental challenges impacting humans and ecosystems. The urban population, in particular, is still suffering from high levels of air pollution that are considered harmful for health according to European and World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.
Following the launch of the European Green Deal, this LIFE PlanUp conference will discuss the progress made towards the EU’s mid- and long-term climate and energy objectives. It will also take stock of the preparation of National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) across EU Member States.
The objective of this document is to provide final policy recommendations based on the urban mobility measures and strategies developed by the modular projects within the Interreg MED urban transport community.
The scope of this study is to find the real-world savings achieved in total CO2, NOx and PM10 emissions from the adoption of national policies and European legislation for the period 2010- 2017 for the new registered fleet based on appropriate scenarios developed for this study. In addition, a forecast of the relevant benefits until 2020 was also made.
Source: Eionet Portal
November 7, 2019
ETC/ATNI Report 12/2019: The impact of vehicle taxations system on vehicle emissions
The 2019 Horizon Transport info day will take place on Monday, 7 October 2019 from 09:30 to 15:00 CET in Brussels.
The event will present upcoming funding opportunities of approximately €356 million under the Mobility for Growth (MG), Automated Road Transport (ART), Green Vehicles (GV), and Next Generation Batteries (BAT) calls.
The first of these projects is the Horizon 2020 project called "Buyzet". This developed zero-emission procurement plans for each of the consortium's cities. The second project, which has also recently concluded its activities, is SULPiTER (supported by Interreg's Central Europe Programme). The project examined logistics and transport in seven European cities in order to identify best practices in the field of urban goods distribution.
August 22, 2019
Two EU-funded projects conclude their work on urban freight distribution
CEF Transport is seeking to mitigate the negative environmental impact of road transport by promoting, through its grants, the shift to alternatives fuels for road (be it for freight or for passenger transport).
Cities using, or planning to use, the Euro 6 standard as the basis for their low-emission zones (LEZs) will not deliver the air quality improvements they expect, AIR (Allow Independent Road-Testing) has warned.
Source: City Logistics
July 29, 2019
Euro VI trucks are compliant with legislative emissions limits
ESCC series aims on bringing together leading experts in the fields of energy, sustainability, climate change, optimization and computational methods to discuss recent advancements and trending topics.
Source: ESCC 2019
May 28, 2019
Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change (ESCC) 2019
During EU Green Week – Europe’s biggest environmental event – the LIFE programme announced the winners of the 2018 LIFE Awards. The three winners come from Italy (Nature category), Spain (Environment category), and Greece (Climate Action category).
Source: European Commission
May 27, 2019
EU celebrates best projects for nature, environment and climate action
The EU Sustainable Energy Week is the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. Sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders focus on sustainable energy issues, debate new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas.
Transport Research Arena (TRA) is the foremost European transport event that covers all transport modes and all aspects of mobility. TRA offers a great venue for researchers, policy makers and industry representatives to get together and contribute to the discussion on how research and innovation can re-shape the transport and mobility system. The conference provides a unique opportunity to hear about mobility trends in different parts of Europe, learn from achievements in industry as well as share best practices of policies and deployments.
Technology already grants permission of the mass production and use of the autonomous/semi-autonomous trucks. A number of companies develop autonomous drive systems longer than decade. Some of them have even released fully operational products to the market.
The European Commission welcomes the provisional agreement reached by the European Parliament and Council on the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action, as part of the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027.
The funding will focus on protecting the environment and mitigating climate change, supporting a clean energy transition with increased energy efficiency and a higher share of renewables in the energy mix. This will be one of the tools enabling the EU to meet its climate goals and seek to become climate-neutral by 2050.
Source: European Commission
March 22, 2019
EU budget for 2021-2027: Commission welcomes the provisional agreement on funding for the environment and climate action
The European Parliament today agreed on CO2 emission standards for new cars and vans in the EU for the period after 2020 – a significant step towards decarbonising and modernising the European mobility sector and put the EU on track to become climate neutral. As a result of the new rules, in 2030, emissions from new cars will have to be 37.5% lower and emissions from new vans 31% lower, compared to 2021.
Source: European Commission
March 15, 2019
Clean mobility: Commission welcomes European Parliament adoption of new CO2 emission standards for cars and vans to reduce pollution and improve air quality
The European Commission is proposing to invest €421 million in 69 key projects that will improve mobility for citizens and businesses alike. The projects selected aim at promoting digitalisation, making roads safer, and fostering multimodal connections in line with the ‘Europe on the Move’ initiatives.
Source: European Commission
March 8, 2019
Connecting Europe: Commission is proposing to invest €421 million for safer, smarter and greener transport infrastructure
Prague public transport services are fully integrated – all the lines (operated during the day and also during the night) no matter the transport companies use the very same (short/long) term transfer tickets (coupons). This is very comfortable for the customers.
Source: New Atlas
March 1, 2019
Nikola presented concept of the third model of hydrogen-electric hybrid truck
Prague public transport services are fully integrated – all the lines (operated during the day and also during the night) no matter the transport companies use the very same (short/long) term transfer tickets (coupons).
Source: PID Lítačka
January 31, 2019
„PID Lítačka“ – the platform, the smart card and the mobile app
For four decades, Intermodal Europe has been the most important business platform for professionals involved in the container, transport and logistics industry. By delivering a highly targeted audience, the free to attend exhibition and conference brings together the world's leading suppliers and industry experts to network, do business and be inspired .
Source: Intermodal Events
November 01, 2018
Intermodal Europe 2018 will take place from 6th - 8th November at AHOY Rotterdam