Across Europe, cities are accelerating their transformation towards cleaner, friendlier places able to respect and use resources more efficiently. IRIS – Integrated and Replicable solutions for co-creation in Sustainable cities – is proud to be identified at the forefront of this change and announce itself as the newest addition to the European Commission Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) lighthouse projects. At the heart of the project, IRIS is organised around five key challenges − energy positive districts, smart energy management and a smart e-mobility sector, a digital city innovation platform, plus citizen engagement and co-creation − with a mix of 16 targeted solutions supporting their delivery.
The European Commission recently published a study on Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVAR) that aims to assist policy makers in their implementation. UVARs are measures that regulate vehicular access to urban infrastructure. Examples include congestion charging, low-emission zones (LEZ), and restrictions on certain types of vehicles.
The SUMP Award is presented alongside the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award. Nonetheless, each award has separate objectives, whilst remaining complementary.
The deadline for submitting an application is 3 November 2017.
Published in October 2017, the brochure on Circular Procurement provides an introduction to the European policy framework and practical guidance to those involved in public procurement decisions. The guidance is complemented by good practice experiences from across Europe demonstrating how circular economy principles are being employed in public procurement. Full article…
To reduce oil dependency, policy-makers should consider the benefits of using alternative energy fuels and their high potential to contribute to decarbonisation and reduce pollution. These advantages are key part of the ‘g-mobility’ concept – an approach that advocates for the use of gas in transport and opens the door to the much-needed sustainable mobility.
Update: Activity reports have been published.
Amendments 1-69 are now available.
In addition to developing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, ‘s-Hertogenbosch is updating its Sustainable Urban Logistics Plan (SULP) to incorporate its inner city. By improving and expanding existing logistics measures, the city will create “multi-solution measures” based on a community approach. Using this approach, policy targets can be combined and support and commitment from stakeholders maximised. Five measures have already been elaborated and a roadmap is in place to gain the necessary political approval for the SULP.
The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, digital, trade, transport and general policy.
A summary of the consideration of the draft opinion is available.
A summary of the Committee’s consideration of the draft opinion is now available.
An open Letter on the Europe on the Move mobility package.
A summary of the report back to the Committee on ongoing inter institutional negotiations is available.
Starting in December, the Royal Mail will begin delivering post in electric vehicles. The new fully electric vans will distribute post from the central London depot to the surrounding area. Produced by Oxfordshire-based carmaker Arrival, the vans come in three and a half, six and seven tonne versions. They have a range of 160 kilometres. A dual power mode within the vehicles can be used to top-up the battery after the first 100 miles.