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Government launches EV-charging funding programme (Germany)

Fri, 17/03/2017 - 15:55
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The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has given the green light to a nationwide programme that will install a vast network of charging points for electric vehicles.

From 1 March 2017, private investors, municipalities and municipalities have been able to apply for the € 300m funding programme.

The programme will spend € 220m setting up 5 000 rapid-loading stations and € 100m on establishing 10 000 standard stations.

Transformative Action Award open for submissions

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 09:33
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Cities, regions and civil society organisations are invited to submit their applications for the first ever Transformative Action Award.

The award recognises ongoing or concluded innovative local and regional initiatives that achieve a socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation of societies by using the pathways identified in the Basque Declaration.

Flanders to invest over €1 bn on public transport & cycling (Belgium)

Tue, 14/03/2017 - 13:23
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The Flemish government will invest more than € 1.1 billion in public transport (€ 816 million) and the extension of the cycling network (€ 300 million), the Flemish Minister of Public Works said last month.

By the end of the legislature, the Flemish government wants to invest a total of € 5.8 billion in mobility projects, including € 3.4 billion in alternatives to road transport. 

REMOURBAN study tour to take place in Nottingham on 23 March (UK)

Mon, 13/03/2017 - 14:50
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Lighthouse project Remourban will be throwing its doors wide open this month when its first study tour takes place in lighthouse city Nottingham, UK.

Behind the tour are project partners Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Trent University – named UK’s greenest university – and has been organised in co-operation with the Action Cluster on Integrated Planning of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities and the Smart Cities Information System.

Santander to boost size of bicycle network (Spain)

Mon, 13/03/2017 - 11:52
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The city of Santander on the north coast of Spain is to expand its cycling infrastructure to make cycling a more viable sustainable transport option for residents.

The plans, announced by the mayor and councillor for sustainable mobility, will see a four-fold increase in the current network of bicycle lanes.

Additional facilities include covered and safe bicycle parking places in strategic locations of the city and small car parks.

These will be closed structures with video surveillance that are accessible only by a smart card.

Winners of SUMP survey announced

Fri, 10/03/2017 - 10:58
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Three lucky local authority representatives have won a free trip to the 4th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Dubrovnik (Croatia) after completing a survey on sustainable urban mobility planning.

The winners - from Kraljevo (Serbia), Borovnica (Slovenia) and Katowice (Poland) - were drawn at random after completing the CIVITAS SUMP Survey. Some 441 local authority representatives took the survey.

Energy company to switch whole car fleet to EVs

Thu, 09/03/2017 - 14:18
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Over 3 500 passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles in Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany will be replaced by electric alternatives over a period of five years, the Swedish energy company Vattenfall has announced.

Starting in January 2017, the energy company will gradually switch its fleet, with 1 700 vehicles in Sweden, 1 100 in Germany and 750 in the Netherlands.

The types of vehicle vary from passenger cars to technical support vehicles and maintenance vans

Warsaw opens office for mobility and transport policy (Poland)

Wed, 08/03/2017 - 10:34
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The city of Warsaw last month opened the Policy Office for Mobility and Transport, which replaces the capital’s Office of Roads and Transport.

The move is part of the city’s wider organisational changes related to transport and traffic.

One of the first tasks of the unit will be to develop a program to improve safety, especially in terms of reducing the number of fatal accidents involving pedestrians

Deadline extension for EUSEW 2017

Tue, 07/03/2017 - 08:49
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You still have a chance until 10 March to propose a session for the policy conference or nominate a project for an EU Sustainable Energy Award.

Are you running late with your proposal for session at this year’s policy conference or for an EU Sustainable Energy Award?

The deadline is being extended until 10 March, giving you a few extra days to tell us about your brightest ideas in energy efficiency or renewables.

Austria new EU champion for electric cars

Mon, 06/03/2017 - 12:06
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Austria last year registered the highest share of new electric vehicles in the EU, according to new research. 

Figures compiled by Verkehrsclub Österreich (VCÖ), an Austrian campaigning organisation that promotes sustainable mobility, show that while in Austria the number of electric cars more than doubled in 2015, the number of new electric cars declined in 12 EU countries. 

Call for urban mobility change-maker cities

Thu, 02/03/2017 - 09:01
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The Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI) and the urban mobility SOLUTIONS Network are calling for cities from Europe to become involved as leading city, take-up city or training participants.

EU-funded project sees over half a million take to bikes

Mon, 27/02/2017 - 12:42
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A European Union-funded Bike2Work project has seen around 300 companies in 12 EU countries promote cycling as a transport mode, resulting in over half a million people taking to bikes for their commute.

European Commission reveals sustainable mobility city champions

Wed, 22/02/2017 - 11:30
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The European Commission has revealed the finalists of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2016 and 5th Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) Award on urban freight. 

The finalists of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award are Lisbon (Portugal), Malmö (Sweden) and Skopje (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia). 

Eleven members join eleventh CIVINET

Tue, 21/02/2017 - 10:37
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The latest local CIVITAS network, CIVINET Romania, has welcomed its first members.

The Traffic Snake Game makes home-school trips more sustainable

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 15:16
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The EU-supported project TSG Network (2014-2017) has just released the results from the 3 years of Traffic Snake Game in 19 EU countries. It proofs there is much room for more sustainable home-school trips.

EIB to fund BRT for Las Palmas (Spain)

Fri, 17/02/2017 - 12:54
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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a € 50m loan with the municipality of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain) and municipal transport company, Guaguas, for new bus rapid transit (BRT) infrastructure.

The loan has an Investment Plan for Europe guarantee, and work on the high-capacity line will begin over the next quarter, with the aim of building 11.7 km of roadway dedicated to bus transport.

Electric cars & solar power 'could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020'

Wed, 15/02/2017 - 11:26
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A new report claims that clean cars and solar power could be pivotal in stopping fossil fuel growth.

The Grantham Institute at Imperial College London and the Carbon Tracker Initiative say that the falling cost of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020.

Their report says that, combined with countries’ pledges to cut emissions, polluting fuels could lose 10 per cent of market share to solar power and clean cars within a decade.

Oslo kids use app to help identify traffic problems (Norway)

Mon, 13/02/2017 - 11:04
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The city of Oslo has created an app that enlists children as 'secret smartphone agents' to encourage them to walk and cycle to school and record traffic problems.

The Traffic Agent app encourages children to go undercover to report dangerous intersections, damaged pavements, overgrown bushes, broken street lamps or illegally parked cars.

The GPS-tracked app, which links the city directly to children’s safety concerns, has been such a success that officials are planning to roll it out across the rest of Norway.

Call for papers now open to be published on Routledge of Taylor & Francis

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 16:44
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The 2nd Conference on Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD), to be held in Italy, follows the success of the very first version which took place in Lecce (Italy) during the year of 2015.

EUSEW 2017 calls now open

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 10:19
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The call has been launched for sessions for the 12th edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference (EUSEW 2017), to be held in Brussels from 20 to 22 June.

Organisers are looking for outstanding proposals for dynamic sessions that inspire new ways to promote energy efficiency and renewables.

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