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.
During July, Parma’s TEP took the first Chinese e-bus manufactured in the EU to the roads and tested its energy consumption and approximate recharging times under different conditions (empty, with air-conditioning, etc). Media interest was high and during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK (see separate story), Parma’s citizens were invited to share their views. The results of the line 8 tests, which connects the city’s eastern suburbs, are already feeding into an action plan for multipurpose charging infrastructure for public transport e-services, to be completed by May 2020. The end result? Seamless multi-modal local zero-emission mobility in Parma!
You can also explore past news and events here.
LOW-CARB’s ‘Follower City Programme’ has already wowed interest from as far afield as Batumi, Krakow‘s Metropolitan Area and Muszyna, the intermunicipal community of Oeste, Porec and Tirana. But for the five envisaged peer-to-peer exchanges to succeed, LOW-CARB seeks to fill *all* free places. Our deadline has therefore been extended to March 1st, 2019, so if your region, city or town lies within the Interreg Central Europe area and develops a SUMP for its functional urban area and/or foresees or undertakes a low-carbon mobility pilot measure, this is for you! Apply today to become one of our 18 exclusive followers!
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:
LOW-CARB also invites 18 ‘follower’ cities via a call here to join the project from mid-2019. 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:
Experiences will be shared at a final conference 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:
The project’s achievements will be made available through a Central Europe SUMP Competence Centre, under work package 2 (and this website).
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