White Paper on Transport: where do we stand? Public hearing organised by the European Economic and Social Committee on 6 March in Brussels.
Express your views about the mid-term review of the European Commission’s 20&1 White Paper on Transport to support the EESC in drafting its opinion, which in turn will be taken into account by the European Parliament and by the Commission for their own reports and assessments.
One of the priorities of the new European Commission is the creation of a European Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy.
The Commissioners are currently discussing how to create this Union and are expected to come forward with a strategy towards the end of February.
In this framework, AVERE has joined forces with a number of related association to call upon the Commission to include in this exercice a comprehensive strategy for the electrification of transport.
A joint letter was signed by several major stakeholders such as Eurelectric, UITP, Polis, T&E, … as well as AVERE.
The organisations argued among other things that “a progressive electrification of transport, ranging from private vehicles to public transport and rail, can help diversify our energy sources, improve energy efficiency, air quality and reduce oil imports. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions from transport and helps balance increasing variability in the power sector.”
The Light Electric Vehicle Association Chairman, Edward Benjamin, has announced a set of awards to be presented during 2015. Nominations for these awards may be made by any interested party, and should be emailed, along with an explanation of the reasons they deserve the award to: [email protected]
There are no exact criteria for the awards, and all nominations will be considered. Final decisions on the awards will be made by LEVA appointed judges, and announcement of the awards will be made at Taipei Cycle.
Company of the Year: this award will go to the company that is regarded as being the most influential on the industry in recent years. As is the case with the Time Magazine “Person of the Year” this is not a popularity contest, but recognition of affect on the industry — good or bad.
Innovator of the Year: this award will go to an individual or company that leads in innovative thinking. This could be business model, technical or design innovation.
Corporate Citizen of the Year: this will go to a company that demonstrates responsible business practices, treats their staff and customers with dignity and care and supports the industry with a “we all win together” attitude and practice.
Cross Cultural Leader of the Year: this will go to an individual or a company that demonstrates effective leadership in successful cross cultural problem solving or success creation.
Leaders and Founders Medals: several awards to be given to individuals who have played important roles in the creation and expansion of the Light Electric Vehicle industry. This may include business, academic, or government leaders. Founders awards will be limited to those whose contributions occurred before 2000.
Bright Light Medal: this award will go to the company or individual that shows great promise, but has just begun in the LEV industry.
AVERE is a partner in the FP7 project, SOLUTIONS- Sharing Opportunities for Low carbon Urban transportation (www.urban-solutions-mobility.eu). The project is aimed at stimulating exchange on innovative and green urban mobility solutions between cities in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean.
The Association of the European Two-Wheeler Parts’ and Accessories’ Industry (COLIPED), established in 1960, and the Association of the European Bicycle Industry (COLIBI), established in 1973, took the decision at the last General Assembly in Brussels on 19th November to merge into one entity and become CONEBI, the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry. The following Board of Directors was unanimously elected:
Mr. René Takens of the Accell Group NV, President – Mr. Erhard Buechel, of Büchel & Co. Fahrzeugteilefabrik KG, Vice President – Mr. Massimo Panzeri of Atala Spa, Vice President – Ms. Sacha Boedijn of RAI Association, Treasurer.
The new association will maintain regular contacts with European policy makers and Authorities, as well as with other associations that pursue common objectives, the European standardization body CEN, industry and mobility experts, and the international press. CONEBI’s aim will be the growth of the bicycle, EPAC and P&A industries and of the cycling culture in Europe.
CONEBI will be responsible for the preparation of the European Bicycle Industry & Market Profile, first issued in 2009. This statistical bicycle data source will continue to be published every year.
The activities promoted by the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry will also go beyond the European borders. The Taipei International Cycle Show 2015, which takes place from 18 to 21 March, will see CONEBI as the biggest exhibitor.
The new website of CONEBI will be shortly available at www.conebi.eu.
Public subsidies are imporant in encouraging organisations to trial and expand electric vehicle fleets, according to new research. The study, based on interviews and reports from 17 organisations, found that the opportunity to test new technology was the most important factor in deciding to trial electric vehicles. However, some smaller independent companies chose not to expand their fleet because of the expense.
Article from Science for Environment Policy, Issue 400: A service from the European Commission. Find the full article here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5h0noi6k96mwome/public_subsidies_for_electric_vehicle_fleets_important_for_adoption_400na6_en.pdf?dl=0
2 Seas is a European subsidy programme aimed at stimulating growth and improving cohesion through cooperation in UK, Dutch, Belgian and French regions around the Channel and the North Sea. It is part of the European Cohesion Policy, which should bring all regions in Europe to a higher level of smarter, more sustainable and more inclusive growth.
The 2 Seas programme for the period 2014 to 2020 was launched and presented end of last year and sets out 4 priorities. One of the priorities are “low carbon technologies” which opens possibilities in the field of electric mobility. The first call for projects has been launched on 6 January and Concept Notes for project proposals should be submitted by 16 February.
AVERE LEV has drafted a briefing on the programme. For further details, please contact AVERE LEV Policy Manager, Annick Roetynck, tel. +32 9 233 60 05, email [email protected]
The electric bicycle enjoys a growing success in many member states. With that however, the confusion as to the laws and regulations that apply to the vehicle is increasing accordingly. Bike Europe, the trade paper for the (electric) bike business has recently published a White Paper which explains all relevant rules and regulations. You can download a pdf-version of this White Paper from here: http://www.bike-eu.com/whitepapers/
Also, AVERE LEV can offer you extensive information and assistance in the field of LEV rules and regulations. For further details, please contact AVERE LEV Policy Manager, Annick Roetynck, tel. +32 9 233 60 05, email [email protected]
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