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Knowledge-generating research projects

Research and Innovation Projects

The research and innovation projects, run under CIVITAS 2020, focus on establishing new knowledge or exploring the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution related to transport. For this purpose they may include basic and applied research, technology development and integration, testing and validation in small-scale demonstrations or pilot activities, aiming to show the technical feasibility of cleaner, better transport options for cities.

These projects come under the topics of: 'Transforming the use of conventionally fuelled vehicles', 'Mobility Management', 'Reducing the impacts and costs of urban freight', 'Tackling urban road congestion' and 'Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans'. 


Transforming the use of conventionally fuelled vehicles



The ELIPTIC (electrification of public transport in cities) project is combining e-mobility with general transport strategies.

Since public transport forms the backbone of sustainable transport strategies and since more than 90 % of buses in Europe today depend on diesel, there is an increased need to find better environmental and post-fossil alternatives. Electrifying public transport has a particularly high impact since public transport vehicles have extremely long operating hours (e.g. 12-16 hours per day for urban buses compared to less than one hour for private cars).

With the German city of Bremen as coordinator, ELIPTIC is bringing together public transport operators, cities, suppliers and research partners to further develop and promote the electrification of public transport. In addition to electric buses, the project is also looking into improving energy performance in light rail and the multi-purpose use of infrastructure.

Contact 1: Mr Michael Glotz-Richter,

Contact 2: Mr Hendrik Koch,

EC PO: Walter Mauritsch,

Visit ELIPTIC for more details. 


Mobility Management



The EMPOWER project is a new three-year, 4.89 million EUR, H2020-funded international collaboration that is aimed at reducing reliance on conventionally fuelled vehicles. It is working with more than 14 European and international organisations.

The  project will create new tools to influence commuters’ mobility choices, using positive incentives and individual mobility profiling delivered through smart technologies in 11 living laboratories.

To reduce the use of conventionally fuelled vehicles, EMPOWER will shift trips to other modes or more sustainable vehicles, promoting sharing and self-organisation, and reducing travel demand (e.g. through remote access to services).

Currently, transport planners, policymakers and city authorities face a disparate set of evidence on which types of positive incentives (such as rewards, points, dynamic information, games, peer support etc.) work well. An EMPOWER toolkit will allow these stakeholders to better understand, select and implement positive policy interventions.

Contact 1: Ms Susan Grant-Muller,

EC PO: Walter Mauritsch,

Visit EMPOWER for more details.


Reducing the impacts and costs of urban freight



Goods, waste and service trips in urban areas impose negative traffic and environmental impacts, and there is a need for cost-effective and sustainable solutions. The CITYLAB (City Logistics in Living Laboratories) project is aimed at promoting emission-free city logistics in urban centres.

The CITYLAB objective is to develop knowledge and solutions that result in the long-term roll-out and implementation of cost effective strategies, measures and tools for emission-free city logistics in urban centres by 2030. The core of CITYLAB is a set of living laboratories. These are cities that serve as the contexts for the implementation of innovative processes for both public and private enterprises and ultimately contribute to increased efficiency and sustainable urban logistics. The seven cities involved are Brussels, London, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam and Southampton.


Contact 1: Mr Jardar Andersen,

Contact 2: Mr Olav Eidhammer,

EC PO: Walter Mauritsch,

Visit CITYLAB for more details. 




The NOVELOG project is aimed at providing guidance for the sustainable implementation of policies and measures for the urban freight transport systems. This guidance will foster the selection of optimum solutions and facilitate the development of improved governance and business models attuned to a collaborative culture.

To increase understanding of urban freight and service trips, NOVELOG will carry out data collection activities, as well as implement and conduct field-testing of city logistics measures in selected cities. The project will also develop a typology of cities and urban freight system components and establish the implementation channels for introducing sustainable solutions towards CO2-free city logistics.

By assisting cities to incorporate the best-fitting policies into integrated urban planning, the dissemination and exploitation of project outcomes will result in a dynamic take-up process. In turn, this will ensure the continuity of the impacts and contribute to policymaking at a local, regional, national and EU level.

Contact 1: Ms Dr. Georgia Ayfantopoulou,

Contact 2: NOVELOG Project Office,

EC PO: Walter Mauritsch,

Visit NOVELOG for more details. 



The SUCCESS (Sustainable Urban Consolidation CentrES for conStruction) project is aimed at reducing the negative impact and costs of urban freight transport generated by the construction sector.

Coordinated by the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and part of the Mobility for Growth call in the Smart, Green and Integrated Transport challenge of Horizon2020, SUCCESS will look at how the concepts of Supply Chain Management and Construction Consolidation Centres (CCCs) could improve the efficiency of distribution networks, construction sites, and reverse logistics (waste removal). This will be achieved through four pilot studies on construction sites in Paris, Valencia, Verona and Luxembourg. These sites, which are located in high-density urban areas with traffic issues and circulation constraints, will allow for the collection of data and information required to devise suitable solutions.

Contact 1: Mr David Evaristo,

Contact 2: Aleksandar Kalev,

EC PO: Walter Mauritsch,

Visit CIVITAS SUCCESS for more details. 


Full title: CIVITAS U-TURN

The U-TURN project aims to identify new models for urban food transportation that address a long list of challenges, which include population growth, congestion and environmental damage alongside increased use of convenience stores and the home delivery of internet-purchased groceries.

U-Turn will contribute to our understanding of freight distribution in urban areas, addressing the special requirements of food transportation. It will develop and propose innovative business models to achieve more efficient operations - both environmentally and economically. By analysing existing freight urban flows and identifying synergies that can be exploited by logistics sharing and collaboration strategies, the work will bring forward practical options for communities and operators.

To transform transportation flows of food in urban areas, the U-TURN project team believes city farms and internet shopping are game changes providing the potential for new models and major opportunities.

Contact 1: Mr Antonis Ramfos,

Contact 2: Ms Dr. Eleni Agiatzidou,

EC PO: Walter Mauritsch,

Visit U-TURN for more details. 


Tackling urban road congestion



The CIPTEC project is introducing an integrated approach that draws on the best ideas deriving from the marketing profession (i.e. customer orientation), as well as consumer behaviour (i.e. motivational research, behavioural experimentation) and innovation (i.e. collective intelligence, social innovation). By doing so, CIPTEC has created a wider than usual stakeholder platform to address the challenges that obstruct public transport’s move towards increasing its share of the market. This also contributes substantially to the sustainable reduction of urban road congestion.

In addition to studying the demand side and its needs, CIPITEC is also looking at the supply side in order to shed light on the public transport providers’ needs and distinct challenges. CIPITEC has found and mapped existing innovation practices from public transport and adjacent fields. It also put forth a collective intelligence sub-programme to crowd-source and co-produce novel approaches tackling underserved needs. Public transport users were surveyed in order to gain insight into their preferences for promising innovations.

Contact 1: Vangelis Genitsaris,

Contact 2: Aristotelis Naniopoulos,

EC PO: Sandra Ramos (INEA),

Visit CIPTEC for more details. 



The CREATE (Congestion Reduction in Europe, Advancing Transport Efficiency) project is developing city-tailored advice and offering guidance to help local authorities address their traffic congestion issues. Through the extensive experience of the partners, as well as awareness-raising activities and peer-learning exchanges, the project will generate new ways for cities to transfer research from the laboratory to the street. The consortium is composed of 10 European and Euro-Mediterranean cities, several highly-respected universities (UCL, Sciences Po, Dresden University, BOKU) and a well-known SME (INRIX).

Five Eastern European and Mediterranean cities (Bucharest, Skopje, Tallinn, Adana and Amman) will work closely with the five Western European capitals (Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Paris and Vienna) to learn how to better cope with traffic congestion and to adopt sustainable transport policies and measures. In parallel, the five Western cities will work together to explore future mobility options, in a context of growing urban sprawl, in order to better manage the transport system and reduce their citizens’ overall need for travel.

Contact 1: Prof Peter Jones, 

Contact 2: Melanie Leroy,

EC PO: Walter Mauritsch,  

Visit CREATE for more details. 


Full title: CIVITAS FLOW

The FLOW project directly links walking and cycling with the reduction of traffic congestion. The project’s aim is to promote a paradigm shift in how cities, businesses and decision-makers think about – and act on – the potential for non-motorised transport to reduce urban congestion.

Flow is comprised of a consortium of six cities (Budapest, Dublin, Gdynia, Lisbon, Munich, Sofia) and 12 partner organisations. Partners include leading advocacy groups Walk21 and the European Cyclists’ Federation and PTV, a leader in transport modelling software, and the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories.

FLOW aims to improve existing modelling tools by integrating its user-friendly methodology into the current standard transport impact analysis process. The six cities will pilot the assessment tool and transport modelling simulation tools to develop implementation scenarios and action plans to add or upscale measures shown to reduce congestion.

Contact 1: Mr Bernard Gyergyay,

Contact 2: Ms Bonnie Fenton,

EC PO: Walter Mauritsch,

Visit FLOW for more details.  



The TRACE project will assess the potential of movement-tracking services to better plan and promote walking and cycling in cities. The project targets established measures to promote cycling and walking to the workplace, to school, for shopping purposes or simply for leisure.

TRACE will assess the potential of ICT-based tracking services to optimise the planning and implementation of such measures and enhance their attractiveness and potential impact. Issues such as data privacy, cost, interoperability, financial/tax incentives, infrastructure planning and service concepts will be addressed. Dedicated TRACE tracking tools to promote behaviour change and support mobility planning will be tested in eight pilot sites in cities across Europe and evaluated in terms of impacts, success factors and benefits, while preparing for their full commercial exploitation.

To this end, common, flexible and open access tools will be developed. These tools will address related ICT challenges and enable the development of products based on tracking services tailored to the requirements of specific measures by market-oriented application developers.

Contact 1: Mr Paulo Ferreira,

Contact 2: Ms Ilda Ribeiro,

EC PO: Walter Mauritsch,

Visit TRACE for more details. 


Sustainable urban mobility plans


Full title: CIVITAS SUMPs-Up

The focus of CIVITAS SUMPs-Up is to help cities that experience negative effects of transport to accelerate the development and implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

The project will assist mobility planning authorities, especially in countries where SUMP take-up is low, to overcome barriers that stop or make it difficult to implement the plans. It will provide learning opportunities, tools and guidance for cities to develop high-quality SUMPs, and work with national governments to raise awareness of the concept and create favourable conditions for SUMP development.

SUMPs-Up will make funding available to bring together technical experts to input into the project’s activities and help test its products and services. It will also provide financial assistance to enable cities to take part in learning support activities, and test pilot SUMP measures. SUMPs-Up will monitor and evaluate the progress of SUMPs in cities and make real-time improvements to ensure they make the maximum impact.

Contact 1: Ana Dragutescu,

Contact 2: Cristina Garzillo,



Supporting local and national authorities to improve the quality and uptake of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

There is a gap between the needs and demands of the cities that should develop and implement SUMPs, and higher administrative institutions who should prepare the ground and provide (national) support programmes to encourage cities to develop and implement SUMPs.
CIVITAS PROSPERIY helps to close this gap by facilitating a unique approach of involvement and activation. This happens through two ways. On the one hand, the project offers regular peer-to-peer exchange between the national level authorities from different countries. And on the other hand, through a regular national development process in each country, in which the national level interacts with the cities of the country.
CIVITAS PROSPERITY’s goal is to promote and support a broad take-up of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) especially in regions and cities where the take up is so far low. CIVITAS PROSPERITY is a member of the European Platform on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. 

Contact: Robert PRESSL, 



Sustainable Urban Integrated Transport Systems: Transferable tools for Small-Medium local authorities  

The SUITS project’s aim is to substantially increase the capacity of Small-Medium local authorities to develop and implement sustainable, inclusive, integrated and accessible transport strategies, policies, technologies, practices, procedures, tools, measures and intelligent transport systems that recognize the end-to-end travel experiences of all users and freight.

The project outputs will provide valuable tools for local authorities and policy makers in making the case for socially and economically sustainable investments in transport. SUITS targets four key areas:

  • Capacity gaps in small-medium local authorities’ knowledge and work practices.
  • The need for integrated urban mobility planning of both freight and passengers based on the capture and use of information relating to the diversity of active, private, public, shared and multimodal forms of transport, journey types and travellers/freight.
  • The need to exploit future transport technologies to improve transport efficiency and enhance quality of life.
  • The need to maximise the effectiveness and sustainability of transport measures through transferable best practice, new funding models and creation of sustainable opportunities for new business entries.

Contact 1: Project Coordinator: Prof. Andree Woodcock, Coventry University -

Contact 2: Elena Tavlaki, SIGNOSIS:   

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