Beginning June 1st, 2017 and until May 31st, 2020, eleven partners will implement the brand new Eur 2.7m, three year Interreg Central Europe project. LOW-CARB will build capacity for integrated low-carbon mobility planning in functional urban areas of large, medium and small-sized cities, thereby bringing a keen regional perspective. Its endeavours will not only link to but finance sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP) and work towards ensuring integrated coordination, institutional cooperation and action plan implementation through joint financing and public investments in low-carbon mobility systems.
June 20 and June 21, the summer solstice, marked the launch of LOW-CARB. Project Partners were hosted by Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe in the hometown of the lead partner, and besides running through the project's key outputs, enjoyed a city site visit via the city's new 'XL' tram. LOW-CARB puts low-carbon public transport (PT) organisation at its centre to reduce GHG emissions, with new combined mobility offers like bike sharing (supported by solar-powered e-bike charging stations), public transport (e.g. 'call-a-"clean" bus' service) or multimodal information services (incl. MaaS) to encourage shared mobility.
Public transport in functional urban areas has a high impact potential for reaching the EU’s White Paper goals to cut transport emissions by 60 percent by 2050 and to halve the use of conventionally fuelled cars in urban transport by 2030. The LOW-CARB project aims to enhance capacities for integrated low-carbon mobility planning for functional urban areas by tackling burning issues such as integrated coordination, institutional cooperation and action plan implementation including joint financing and public investments in low-carbon mobility systems in times of austerity.
LOW-CARB’s strategies, action plans, tools and pilot actions will reduce CO2 emissions by almost 60 000 tons by 2020. Strategies and pilot actions will reflect main challenges and new trends such as open data based mobility planning, integrated mobility platforms or implementation of low-carbon technologies in pilot actions, including a 'call-a-"clean"-bus' service or solar-powered e-bike charging stations to link public transport and shared mobility.