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 an electric public transport feeder service or solar-powered e-bike charging stations to link public transport and shared mobility.
A smart multimodal electric mobility station is on the horizon in Koprivnica, some 70km northeast of Croatia’s capital, Zagreb. The photovoltaic-based station will include a terminal for five e-bikes, an information point (e-kiosk) as well as new urban furniture. Batteries will store energy collected via the station for e-bike charging while e-buses will be fed by the national grid. Service procurement will get underway around May 2018 for the best design and concept, together with a feasibility study. Koprivnica’s plans are closely aligned with Croatia’s National Low Carbon, Transport and Climate Change Adaptation strategies besides the city’s Development Masterplan, which seeks to encourage intermodality.
The first signatories of the LOW-CARB ‘Declaration’ were captured in December 2018, when Antonio Rizzi, the president of Parma-based TEP, and Ronald Juhrs, Managing Director of Technology and Operations at Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe, both local transport authorities, put pen to paper. The Declaration heralds their commitment, in line with the goals of the EU’s White Paper, to increase the use of public transport, foster multimodal mobility and reduce CO2 emissions from private motorized modes, which account for around 90 percent of the total urban transport emissions. Their agreement thus inducts them to the LOW-CARB ‘hall of fame,’ where further information on the Declaration and its would-be signatories is available.
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LOW-CARB will play an integral role in the development of sustainable regional low carbon mobility plans for its partner cities in work package 1.
The urban areas of Brno, Koprivnica and Leipzig will develop plans for integrated low-carbon public transport services, while Szeged will focus on company travel plans. Parma will develop an action plan for multipurpose charging infrastructure for public transport e-services.
The project will also propose three strategies for: i) low-carbon mobility planning; ii) introducing innovative public transport services; and iii) open data-based mobility planning.
Two training sessions per partner country will be held across Central Europe in the local language, as part of work package 2, while four transnational events will also be organised:
- One in 2018 and another in 2019 on low-carbon mobility planning & innovative mobility offers (including company engagement)
- A policy workshop at a significant international location (Dec. 2019)
- An exploitation workshop with financers and users (March 2020)
LOW-CARB will also invite 18 ‘follower’ cities via an open call to join the project in 2018. Invitees are expected to prepare a mobility plan for their respective urban areas.
Capitalising on two investment schemes, five pilot actions, each related to multi-modal public transport planning and innovative low-carb technologies, will be realised as part of work package 3.
- In Salzburg and Koprivnica, bike- and ride-sharing schemes fueled by solar-powered e-bike charging stations will be integrated into the public transport system;
- Leipzig will employ multimodal information services such as a Mobility as a Service mobile app to encourage shared mobility.
- Szeged, a CO2 trip calculator;
- The municipality of Skawina will test an electric public transport feeder service.
Experiences will be shared at a final conference in Leipzig or Vienna in 2020.
LOW-CARB’s dedicated focus on integrated low-carbon mobility planning will result in the development of the following tools, under work package 1:
- A framework for the monitoring and evaluation of the impact of low-carbon sustainable urban mobility plans (SUMPs), tested by the city of Brno; and
- An innovative instrument that allows regions to self-check the compliance of their regional SUMP processes with EU Guidelines
The project’s achievements will be made available through a Central Europe SUMP Competence Centre, under work package 2 (and this website).
DOCUMENTS AND PUBLICATIONS
Discover more about the LOW-CARB project with this pint-sized flyer entitled 'MAKING IT COUNT,' fresh off the press, October 2nd, 2017.
Dec. 2017: The ‘LOW-CARB’ Declaration represents a voluntary statement to embrace the project's objectives. Learn more via the 'Hall of Fame' here.