Go behind-the-scenes of LOW-CARB in Poland with this 5th special feature. We interviewed Lukasz Franek (Director of the Public Transport Board of Krakow) and Maciej Zacher (Gmina Skawina) who together lead the polish partners in the LOW CARB project. Find out who they are, their rebellious histories, and how they move the wheels of change...
Various partnering regions of the LOW-CARB project participated in this year's EU Mobility Week (EMW). The annual event promotes sustainable forms of mobility and transportation. LOW-CARB's partnering regions Brno (CZ), Leipzig (GER), Krakow and Skawina (PL), as well as Parma (IT), collectively organised over 40 events and activities promoting low-carbon mobility. Read more...
Interested in learning about low carbon mobility? Could your city benefit from applying the teachings of LOW CARB’s lessons? Join our follower cities participating in the following thought-provoking and hands-on programme. Incl. trainings, pilot launches, and webinars!
LOW-CARB, trolley:motion, Electro Mobility EuropeProject and the UITP Trolleybus Committee co-hosted a training in Linz, Austria! Over 50 participants learned how to center high capacity trolleybus systems as the life force of low-carbon public transport! Read more...
The CIVITAS Forum 2019 was held in Graz, Austria, from 2-4 October. InterregCE sister projects, EfficienCE and LOW-CARB, took the opportunity at Europe's top sustainable urban mobility event to present their plans of capacity building for integrated low carbon mobility planning in Central Europe with leading figures in the field from across the continent and beyond.
A whole week dedicated to exploring the many alternatives of sustainable and low carbon transportation options in Europe. Find out what our project partners prepared for you and your family in their functional urban areas. Read more...
A joint webinar by CIVITAS ECCENTRIC and LOW-CARB was held on the 17th of September 2019. Participants learned from experts of both teams how to incorporate the urban periphery of city-scapes into sustainable mobility planning. The gist of learning outcomes was to structure sustainable mobility using framing of the Functional Urban Area (FUA).
REGIOSTARS is an annual awards competition organised by the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy to showcase innovative EU-funded projects. This year LOW-CARB was selected as a nominee and is one of 25 excellent EU projects in category 4, "building climate-resilient cities". Show your support for building clean and fair transport systems in Central Europe! Read more...
LOW-CARB has planned several exciting activities for EMW 2019. Skawina is organising a Critical Mass; air quality ozone study for children; launching their low-emission bus line; and hosting a Placegame from the Placemaking Week EU! Read more...
On 6th May 2019, public transport experts from CE countries met in Brussels at the UITP headquarters to give their feedback about the update of the European SUMP Guidelines. EU project representatives from the Interreg programme also presented their work, and discussed challenges and ideas for future co-operation.
Each year stakeholders gather to discuss how trolleybuses play a key role in low-carbon mobility in the public transport arena. This year Parma hosted the event in their historic city center to analyse current European trends in the field. The day was dedicated to enhancing synergies of related EU projects. Read more...
LOW-CARB represented by Szegedi Közlekedési Társaság (SZKT) together with start-up companies GYEEK Club and SzegedBoost hosted a 5-day Hackathon competition. Eight teams went up against each other to create innovative ideas and business models to deal with social issues in Szeged, including improving air quality from transport emissions! Read more...
Two GIS trainings City of Brno and mobility stakeholders were held on the 17th and 21st of January 2019. The aim of these trainings was to introduce and demonstrate how to use the SUMP Monitoring Tool which is an app developed by City of Brno, and is their main output for the LOW-CARB project. Read more...
Find out what Ronald Juhrs, Managing Director of Technology & Operations at LVB, Leipzig’s public transport company, has to say about the city’s new ‘2030 Strategy‘ and its forth- coming LOW-CARB action plan. We also asked him to share his views on the project at this midway stage...
Szeged was recognized by jurors of the CIVITAS Initiative for its contribution in realizing sustainable urban mobility based on long-lasting innovative measures recently when it received the CIVITAS ‘Legacy’ Award. Their story tells the 15 year long efforts of how Szeged has implemented various mobility solutions and neighborhood regeneration that helped snag this prestigious prize! Read more...
In July, Parma’s TEP brought the first Chinese-manufactured e-bus to EU roads to test its energy consumption & recharging times under different conditions (empty, with air-conditioning, etc). During the EU MOBILITY WEEK, Parma’s citizens were invited to share their experiences and views. The results of the Line 8 tests, which connects the city’s eastern suburbs, are already feeding into an action plan for PT e-services and multipurpose charging infrastructure (expected completion: May 2020).
The end result? Seamless multi-modal local zero-emission mobility in Parma!
During 15 - 17th October LOW -CARB together with the Cities Partnership Initiative (PIM) hosted low carbon-mobility planners in Skawina, Poland to demonstrate the different types of e-mobility approaches that different types of towns and cities can use to meet their low carbon mobility goals. Twenty one workshops will be held during LOW-CARB to foster such knowledge exchange. Read more...
SPECIAL FEATURE: Stadt Leipzig has adopted a new strategy to tackle its growing population crisis, seeking to guarantee: ‘Mobility [that] is safe, reliable, clean, affordable and should ensure that every population group has the opportunity to participate in.’ On 27 September 2018 the strategy was welcomed by the city council - unanimously! Read more...
LOW-CARB's Follower City Program has been extended to 01 MAR 2019! Selected regions will profit from a knowledge transfer scheme which includes mentored site visits to LOW-CARB’s partner cities, capacity building workshops, & tool-testing. Travel costs may be reimbursed up to EUR 2,000.
SPECIAL FEATURE: With participation at the EU Mobility Week reaching record levels for a third straight year, LOW-CARB played its part from September 16th - 22nd! All partners held specific activities and measures, with Leipzig leading the way. Consultations helped identify future public transport investments and improvements for dynamic economic areas. Read more...
Is your town, city or region interested in advancing its low-carbon mobility? Is a SUMP / a low-carbon mobility plan or another pilot measure already being developed wrt. low-carbon mobility in CE? LOW-CARB invites interested parties to its "Follower Cities Program" who will benefit from knowledge transfer, capacity building activities, & a grant. Read more...
LOW-CARB was present at the 5th EU Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, organized by the European Commission and held in in Nicosia, Cyprus, on May 14th and 15th, 2018 (presentations available). But it doesn't stop there! We will also be at the CIVITAS Forum Conference on September 19th-21st in Umeå, Sweden, which deals with topics of sustainable urban mobility & pioneering solutions for cleaner EU transport. On November 22nd-23rd, we will also be in Manchester, UK, for the Annual Polis Conference, focused on transport innovation for sustainable cities and regions. So, come and join us!
Szeged (south Hungary) is currently involved in two major EU projects focussing on mobility issues incl. building a data-driven, responsive transport system based on multi-institutional cooperation. As part of LOW CARB, Szeged Transport Company will develop a CO2 Trip Calculator and company travel plans. Having recently signed the LOW-CARB Declaration, the city’s Vice Mayor tells us its mobility horizons in an interview.
Luka Mladenovič, researcher at the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, joined LOW-CARB's board of advisers to share insights and recommendations to help better realize the project’s objectives with his substantial experience. Find out how he is directly involved with encouraging Slovenian municipalities’ to develop SUMPs. Read more...
A series of learning activities for mobility practitioners kicks off across Central Europe in 2018. Workshops and webinars to improve skills & foster knowledge exchange between authorities and provide insights into novel best-practices. Participants' input will be contribute to the development of LOW-CARB’s project’s outcomes. Read more...
Antonio Rizzi (the president of Parma's TEP) and Ronald Juhrs (Managing Director of Technology & Operations at Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe) put pen to paper as the first signatories of LOW-CARB's Declaration in DEC 2017, which heralds their commitment to increase the use of public transport and inducts them to the LOW-CARB ‘Hall of Fame’. See full list and goals...
A smart multimodal e-mobility station is on the horizon for 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) & 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 begin in May 2018 with a feasibility study. Koprivnica’s plans are closely aligned with Croatia’s National Low Carbon, Transport & Climate Change Adaptation strategies besides the city’s Development Masterplan, fostering intermodality.
Antonio Rizzi president of the local transport authority TEP, oversees public transportation in the PARMA province of Italy serving 33 million passengers annually. Knowing the full extent of the work involved in achieving TEP’s goals, we discuss the recent signing of the LOW-CARB Declaration and TEP’s vision of how Parma will go about reducing its transportbon emissions.
Read the full interview here...
LOW-CARB's project management team spent the last two months of the year doing site visits and engaging with partners to monitor, assess, and assist their ongoing activities. Find out what project partners Skawina, Brno, Szeged, Koprivnica, and Parma have been getting up to. Read more...
June 21st, the European 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, they enjoyed a city site visit via the city's new 'XL' tram.
LOW-CARB puts the organisation of low-carbon public transport at the forefront of reducing GHG emissions, combined with new mobility offers like bike-sharing (supported by solar-powered e-bike charging stations), public transport e-feeder service) or multimodal information services (incl. MaaS) to encourage shared mobility.
From June 1st, 2017 until May 31st 2020, eleven partners will implement a EUR 2.7m Interreg Central Europe project to build capacity for integrated low-carbon mobility planning in different types of functional urban areas across CE. LOW-CARB will link and finance the implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) and work towards institutional co-ordination and co-operation.