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CIVITAS ARCHIMEDES

CIVITAS ARCHIMEDES stands for “Achieving Real CHange with Innovative transport MEasures Demonstrating Energy Savings”. This motto unites the cities of Aalborg (Denmark), Brighton & Hove (UK), San Sebastian (Spain), Iasi (Romania), Monza (Italy), and Usti-nad-Laben (Czech Republic). They are driven by the ambition to increase the share of sustainable modes of transport, improve energy efficiency and provide safer and more convenient travel services in medium-sized urban areas.

About CIVITAS ARCHIMEDES

CIVITAS ARCHIMEDES consists of an ambitious blend of policy tools that introduces innovative, integrated and ambitious strategies for clean, energy-efficient, sustainable urban transport and thereby have a significant impact on policies concerning energy, transport, and environmental sustainability.

Each of the six ARCHIMEDES cities is located in a different EU country including representatives from new European member states. Being small and medium-sized, they often lack the resources and leverage bigger cities have at their disposal. Yet, they are keen to demonstrate how they can still achieve the same objectives for clean and energy-efficient transport and sustainable development. They see innovative solutions as the key to success.
 

Implementing sustainable mobility

The ARCHIMEDES cities have implemented a strong and coherent package of 83 activities to make transport more energy efficient, safer and more convenient. An increased share of clean engine technology and fuels has significantly contributed to achieving this goal. A hallmark of CIVITAS ARCHIMEDES is education. The cities have tapped into their existing networks to train and educate students, citizens and practitioners. Awareness and understanding will generate greater acceptance of new tools, services and technologies, which will in turn make urban transport more sustainable. At the same time, the ARCHIMEDES partners are keen to learn from each other. They have exploited opportunities to exchange knowledge and provide training sessions and technical seminars on different themes tested in the project.

Robust evaluation and the large-scale nature of the project have made impacts visible, measurable and promoted the take-up of an integrated package of innovative measures. Targeted research has verified the best-practice frameworks, processes and packaging to allow for the successful transfer of tested strategies to other cities.
 

Project results

The implementation of an ambitious set of activities that will increase energy efficiency of the cities’ transport systems, and provide safer and more convenient transport for all, is the overall aim of CIVITAS ARCHIMEDES. The project contributes towards better road safety, a greater share of bio-fuels and other alternative fuels, as well as a reduction in CO2 emissions. ARCHIMEDES helps to improve efficiency and effectiveness of urban transport and increase the modal share of sustainable modes.  As a result, citizens will benefit from an enhanced urban environment with less noise and air pollution.

The project’s focus on education and the dissemination of results will give ARCHIMEDES an impact well beyond the participating cities. Results will be disseminated to promote continuous improvement of sustainable transport policies from the local to the global level. ARCHIMEDES will reach out to public authorities to advise on scheme strategy design, implementation and funding. The partners will share skills and knowledge with education and research communities; and provide products, systems and services to companies. They will also pass on policy advice and expertise concerning assessment and management to commercial consultants. Reaching out to these groups will contribute to greater acceptance of new tools, services and technologies. As a consequence, ARCHIMEDES aspires to drive behaviour change, and a take-off of energy saving and cleaner modes in urban transport.

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