TOOLBOX FOR OVERALL DESIGN OF LOW-CARBON VALUE-ADDED SERVICES 


Summary description of the key features of the tool 

The Value Added-services toolbox is a transferable support tool aimed at designing and assess low-carbon Value-Added services for passenger and freight in EU functional urban areas.
Value-Added services are organizational measures enabling to boost and promote low-carbon mobility services as an effective and alternative solution to conventional fossil-fuelled transport modes reducing, at the same time, the disadvantages produced by traffic restriction policies to people living, working or visiting Functional Urban Areas.

Furthermore, they can increase business opportunities of mobility services suppliers (including sustainable passenger and freight mobility services such as carpooling integrated with public transport, green last-mile delivery, etc.). The toolbox provides an overall description of most promising and innovative solutions implemented in European cities, enabling competent Public Authorities and professionals to assess and evaluate the technical, organisational and financial applicability of these innovative services in their own territories, taking into consideration the specific local conditions.

The Value-Added services considered in the toolbox are based on relevant technical knowledge and experience resulting from previous and ongoing European research and development projects, CIVITAS, Intelligent Energy Europe, Horizon 2020, etc.) dealing with innovative and low-carbon mobility services and ICT-based solutions. The covered Value-Added services are:

  • carpooling integrated with public transport (innovative apps);
  • innovative services in passenger transport interchanges;
  • Mobility as a Service (MaaS) schemes;
  • Multi-users lanes (priority bus lanes sharing with freight vehicles);
  • Green last-mile logistics services (Business to business – Ver si on  2 B2B - and Business to Consumer -B2C- last-mile).


Expected impact and benefits of the tool for the concerned territories and target groups

City centers are responsible for a relevant part of traffic from and to other urban areas in their hinterlands. Access restriction policies (such as  Low Emission Zones – LEZ - or Limited Traffic Zones – LTZ  and pedestrian areas) can be used to tackle this phenomena which is spreading year by year causing an increasing transport demand. However, this interventions can have a negative impact on the relevant target groups involved (I.e commuters, tourists, students, shop owners, etc) that can jeopardise their good effect.

The developed Toolbox enables Public Authorities, transport providers as well as business operators to designand set-up   tailored   services   and   measures   that   can   counterbalance   the   negative   effects  of   traffic   restriction regulations   for   city   users.   In  the  medium  term,   the  toolbox   and the   implementation  of   proposed   Value-Added services   will   thus   contribute   to   increase  attractiveness   and   accessibility   of   urban   areas,   favouring   the   shift towards low-carbon mobility and transport habits, without limiting individual mobility capability.

Sustainability of the tool and its transferability to other territories and stakeholders  

The  SOLEZ  toolbox  has   been  elaborated  combining  top-down  and  bottom-up  approaches  in  order   to  rovide  an effective  and  transferable  technical  supporting  tool   for  relevant  stakeholders  including  both  public  and  private sector) to design and implement low-carbon mobility service in Functional Urban Areas.

The Toolbox focuses on solutions that are still innovative, but already pilot tested in at least one case  in Europe, to ensure real applicability and limited set-up times for interested cities. For each proposed Value-Added service, specific examples, links and supporting material are provided.
Despite   of   different   local   conditions   and   mobility   patterns,   the   developed   toolbox   is   
a   practitioner-oriented instruments characterized by a high  level of applicability and transferability of the proposed low-carbon mobility solutions in quite different cities across Europe, being the result of broad transnational cooperation and projects.

Moreover,   detailed   step-by-sep   indications   for   verifying   readiness   level   of   the concerned
urban   area   and supporting  customization   of   the  proposed   service  are  provided.   This   way, 
the  toolbox   can  be  used   by   a  large number of  cities,  independently  from  their  dimension  or 
level  of expertise: each one  will  have the  possibility  to use that part of toolbox that better fits its 
needs and goals.