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Kick-Off 2050CliMobCity and press release

06/12/2019 - On 30 September and 1 October, the Interreg project 2050 CliMobCity took off to a successful start with a kick-off meeting - including instructive seminars and discussions about future proof mobility - organised by the project lead partner Delft University of Technology
Kick-Off 2050CliMobCity and press release

2050CliMobCity poster

The meeting started with discussions about the working plan regarding the implementation of the project and the city partners gave a short introduction to their current and planned mobility policies.

Afterwards the seminar was dedicated to E-mobility. The host of this seminar was the company LomboXnet.The municipality of Utrecht gave a presentation on their long-term policy on electric mobility including the development of charging infrastructure. The company LomboXnet explained their innovative charging infrastructure that is based on the principle of bidirectional charging and how this technical concept can also support behavioural measures aimed at sustainable transport. On the second day, the seminar evolved around future-proof mobility and area development taking place in the district IJburg in the city of Amsterdam.

The next partner meeting will be held in the Spanish city of Almeria in the beginning of 2020. This meeting will be dedicated to exploring promising measures and municipal measure packages to reduce the CO2 emissions of mobility.


Press release:

HOW WILL CITIES CREATE CLIMATE-FRIENDLY MOBILITY?

Many European cities have ambitious long-term goals to reduce CO2 emissions from mobility. However, how to actually achieve these goals is less evident. The 2050 CliMobCity project examines the question of which measures packages lead to the desired reduction sufficiently quickly. The packages relate to the partner cities in the project. The measure packages must also promote efficient land use.

Cities are increasingly realizing that certain activities in their city cause a lot of CO2 emissions and air pollution and that mobility plays a large part in this. Making cities more sustainable is therefore taken up by many municipalities in their policies and policy plans. However, the climate goals of cities are often very ambitious: for example, becoming climate neutral in 2050, sometimes earlier; "Ambitious" in light of the current rate of CO2 reduction. Municipalities have often insufficiently tested whether their intended policy actually brings them to the long-term objective.

The project 2050 Climate-friendly Mobility in Cities (2050 CliMobCity, https://www.interregeurope.eu/2050climobcity/) elaborates on the major task of how cities can achieve their climate goals with regard to mobility through backcasting. This approach is applied to five cities in Europe: Almeria, Bydgoszcz, Leipzig, Plymouth and Thessaloniki.

Each of these cities defines measure packages. The project tests whether these lead to the desired CO2 reduction. This concerns not only mobility measures that lead to modal shift and clean and better technology, such as electrification and automation, but also spatial interventions, such as densification and mixing of functions, which stimulates climate-friendly mobility. When drafting the package of measures, not only the effectiveness but also the efficiency of measures is taken into consideration.

 

The project is funded by the Interreg Europe program. The formal start of the project was in August 2019 and the duration is 4 years. In addition to the cities already mentioned, two knowledge institutions are participating in the project. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, which is mainly responsible for the emission calculations. TU Delft contributes model and policy knowledge regarding mobility and urban development and is also coordinator of the project.

The ultimate goal of the project is to help policy makers in cities identify, plan and implement measures that make the long-term goals for climate-friendly mobility feasible.

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