Municipalities and other public authorities across Europe spend huge amounts of money on the purchase of goods, services and
works each year – according to European Commission estimates, public procurement accounts for 14% of EU GDP1. A very wide
variety of items are procured, from office supplies, to canteen catering services, from street furniture to the construction of
municipal buildings. In almost every case some form of transportation of people or products is required to deliver the contract.The BuyZET project aimed to understand the impact of this spending on transportation flows in EU urban areas, to see how procurement may be used to best support the shift to sustainable mobility.
Improving transport efficiency is a major political objective of the European Union. Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) promise to play an important role towards this goal.
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) organises a dedicated two-day workshop to introduce participants from Enlargement and Integration (E&I) countries to the possible implications that CAVs can have on road transport.
A new network of bike lanes is being built in the city of Cadiz (Spain). Once complete, the port city will have 30km of dedicated cycle lanes.
The expert panel aims to discuss the conditions that could facilitate a full role out of EVs. It will develop the discussion focusing first on specific topics, trying to address challenges and solutions that could facilitate greater EV deployment: freight and mass transit, charging infrastructure and batteries. A fourth panel will provide indications for CEM governments on the policies that are most relevant to move towards a deep transition towards electric mobility.
The open public consultation for the evaluation of the TEN-T guidelines has been launched and will be open until 17 July 2019.
TEN-T policy remains key in promoting the free circulation of goods, services and citizens throughout the EU. It is instrumental in boosting economic, social and territorial cohesion between all Member States and their regions, as well as beyond the EU.
On Friday 17 May 2019, the International Sustainable Mobility Forum, focused on Hydrogen-based Emission-less solutions, will take place as part on EU Green Week 2019 at Museu Ferroviário / Rail Museum, Entroncamento, Portugal.
This forum aims to promote a meeting of the supply and demand of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell solutions in transport systems in the context of emissions-free mobility. The event will bring together suppliers of technology solutions, industry, transport management entities and fleet owners, urban planners, land managers and decision makers – among others – promoting mutual updating on opportunities and challenges related to the use of hydrogen. Hydrogen ecosystems, such as production, storage, distribution, refueling and end-use, are presented through innovative pilot projects carried out in the context of European projects and strategies.
With climate change high on the agenda of most financial institutions, the agreement provides that at least 20% of the available funding will be channelled to companies with climate-relevant business models or plans. The eligible sectors include sustainable public transport, for example in the form of electric buses.
The average occupancy rate in commuter traffic is only around 1.2 people per car in Germany. This is where “JobRide” can make a difference.
Grayling Brussels’ New Technologies and Transport team are jointly hosting a panel debate around the future of regulation around new urban mobility services. The discussion will gather representatives from the EU institutions, industry and third parties. The objective is to facilitate a lively debate on new urban mobility services and to offer a platform for networking.
- Date: Thursday, 6 June 2019, 8:30-11:00
- Location: Grayling offices, Avenue des Arts 46, 1000 Brussels (4th floor)
A recent training event from CIVINET Cyprus-Greece (CY-EL) and Eltis gathered 50 participants in Thessaloniki, Greece, from 1-2 April for two days of intense learning and exchange.
The European Court of Auditors has recently launched an audit of the effectiveness of the EU’s action and funding on urban mobility.
The city of Madrid is one of the first utilising Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in conjunction with enhanced positioning services, in order to improve public transport services in the Spanish capital.
Following the provisional deal with the Council of 11 February, the EP formally adopted the reform of the Clean Vehicles Directive (CVD) yesterday. It will incentivise the market for zero- and low-emission vehicles by encouraging their use in public procurement.
The European Union aims to ensure that road transport rules are applied effectively and without discrimination. The current rules governing the access to the international market for coach and bus services appear to have been only partly effective in promoting this mode of transport. There are still differences in rules on access to national markets, differences in openness of national markets, diverse national access arrangements and discrimination in access to terminals in some EU countries. In an attempt to address the issue, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal on 8 November 2017 to amend the EU rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services. The proposal is part of its ‘Europe on the Move’ package, which aims to modernise European mobility and transport.
Thousands of local residents in Trieste, Italy, will be hearing firsthand about the town’s ambitious plans for a sustainable mobility future as the municipality takes to the streets with a SUMP task force and major information campaign.
Towns and cities across Europe and further afield can now register their participation in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2019.
Update – presentations from the above event are available.
New guidance developed by the European Commission on green public procurement (GPP) and selected best practice from the public sector will be presented and discussed during this webinar.