News and Events Archive

Last updated 06.12.2017

Planning with Renewables in Koprivnica (13.02.2017)
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.

Looking to the Future (06.12.2017)
In November and December, LOW-CARB’s management team visited partners to assess forthcoming investments and activities. In Skawina, plans for testing an electric public transport feeder service for its buses were reviewed and one potential drop-off site visited. In Brno, planning for its pilot ‘impact assessment and monitoring tool’ for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning, due spring 2018, was confirmed while in Szeged, the focus was on low carbon company travel planning for employees in its industrial logistics area, northwest of the city. LOW-CARB’s upgrade of the Southeast European SUMP Competence Centre was appraised in Koprivnica with Sveučilište Sjever (University North). Beforehand, Leipzig’s three partners, LVB, MDV and Stadt Leipzig, discussed first approaches to organizing public transport services in its northern hinterland while plans for multi-purpose charging infrastructure in Parma were top-billing there.

LOW-CARB Kicks Off! (01.06.2017)
Beginning June 1st, 2017 and until May 31st, 2020, eleven partners will implement a 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 cities of different sizes, 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.  Read more about LOW-CARB in our special feature here...

Signed, Sealed, Delivered! (13.02.2017)
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.

Parma Shows Off Its Multimodal Success (06.12.2017)
After a multi-modal journey, LOW-CARB partners were hosted by TEP, the public transport company that serves Parma and its province during Dec. 13-14. The agenda, which kicked-off with an interview and signing ceremony for the LOW-CARB Declaration, hosted 'working sessions' on the project’s upcoming SUMP Competence Center and LOW-CARB training series (see ‘ACTIVITIES’ below) while the project’s communications arm, led by the Regional Environmental Center braced the team for local outreach. Project planners parsed the status of and challenges to realising city SUMPs in the project’s cities and their involvement of stakeholders, and a site visit aptly illustrated our end-goal: multi-modal connectivity with peri-urban areas.

See the Day! (22.06.2017)
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. e-feeder service) or multimodal information services (incl. MaaS) to encourage shared mobility.