Tag Archive: sustainable transport

  1. Funding for Urban Mobility Startups – Scale-Up Programme

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    Source: EIT Urban Mobility

    Since January 2019, EIT Urban Mobility have been actively encouraging people to readdress the way in which they move around cities, with a vision to make our cities a better place to live. As an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a significant amount of funding to support a new campaign named the Scale-up Programme is already in place.  

    The Scale-Up Programme is a quest to identify the 12 most promising urban mobility startups.  The successful startups will receive funding and partnership opportunities to further progress their campaigns. This will include invites to notable European events where they can meet possible funders and secure partnership prospects.  Applications for the initiative are active until 12th June 2022.

    Two different paths are on offer from the EIT to benefit the startups. The aforementioned networking opportunities at prominent events are available to five of the successful startups, valued at 25.000€. The second route includes all of the first, plus pilot schemes with city partners with funding figures of 50.000€ by EIT Urban Mobility. In application for the second path, the startups will gain support from public authorities and organisations who have identified restrictive issues in top European cities.

    The Scale-up Programme is led by CARNET in accordance with PowerHub, Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research, UnternehmerTUM, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Niedersächsisches Forschungszentrum Fahrzeugtechnik (NFF), Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg and the City of Hamburg, Xpreneurs and UnternehmerTUM Digital Hub Mobility.

    The startups must conform to a few select guidelines, the most important of which is the product’s status. It requires technical readiness ((TRL) of 7-9) and maturity in order to be implemented into any pilot schemes. The cities are essentially used as workshops to demonstrate how people, cargo and waste can be moved around in a more ethical manner, so the products have a wonderful opportunity to be showcased.

    More information on the Scale-up Programme, the challenges faced and programme applications can be found here: https://www.eiturbanmobility.eu/business-creation/scale-up-programme/

  2. Registration opens for Flanders-based no car challenge

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    Source: 30dagenminderwagen

    This June, the Sustainable Mobility Network (Netwerk Duurzame Mobiliteit) invites residents across Belgium to join the 30-day no car challenge

    The scheme highlights four key reasons to get involved and leave the car parked throughout June.

    1. For health: Walking and cycling are great for both physical and mental health
    2. For adventure: Explore a new way of getting around, and discover new areas in your hometown
    3. For your wallet: As fuel prices rise, alternative transport methods are becoming more important
    4. For change: Choose a society with fewer CO2 emissions

    Already, 2,500 individuals have registered their interest in the scheme and will participate in June. Find the registration portal and get involved here.

  3. Up to 900 euro sustainable mobility bonus for Brussels residents

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    Source: themayor.eu

    The revamped Bruxell’air mobility bonus will mobilize citizens in their transition towards sustainable mobility

    Brussels Capital Region authorities recently announced the return of their sustainable mobility bonus, titled Bruxell’air. Similar to many other European cities, this move is an attempt to de-carbonize urban travel in light of climate change and city building densification.

    The scheme offers a bonus of up to 900 euros to any citizen who cancels their car registration and applies for the bonus. The bonus can be used to buy bicycle equipment, public transport passes, or access to car-sharing services. Bonuses are distributed based on yearly income, with the lowest earners receiving the full total. Any funds not spent on transportation must be returned to the city authorities.

    The bonus has now been available for over 15 years, with the transition reward jumping from 500 euros to 900 euros in this time; however, damaged vehicle funding is no longer offered. Bruxell’air is now under the supervision of the city’s environmental authorities who will monitor the successful rollout of the fund and prevent any fraudulent activities.

  4. LEVA-EU partners with World of eMobility

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    The first edition of World of eMobility will take place from Thursday 18 till Saturday 20 November in Expol Haarlemmermeer in the greater Amsterdam area.

    World of eMobility is a new B2B and B2C event for the entire electric mobility world. World of eMobility is a show combined with lectures, seminars and infotainment. LEVA-EU will be present at World of eMobility with an information stand. Although the event is for both professionals and consumers, the two target groups will be kept separate.

    More details: World of eMobility – The ultimate stage

    Photo by Product School on Unsplash

  5. 1.2 million more e-bikes in German households

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    There has been an electric bike boom in Germany according to figures from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). In 2020 there were approximately 5.9 million electric bikes in private households, growing to 7.1 million in 2021 – a 20% increase. This means that roughly 13% of German households own at least one electric bicycle, whilst just under 3% have three or more.

    Rising household income has helped increase the sales of both traditional and electric bicycles, corresponding to 79% of households in Germany owning at least one.

    Source: https://www.sazbike.de/markt-politik/1-2-millionen-e-bikes-in-deutschen-privathaushalten-2698721.html?utm_source=sazbike_nl&utm_campaign=Eurobike_zeigt_die_Gewinner_der_Awards_

  6. Second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference

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    The second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference will take place from 14 to 16 October 2021 in Beijing, China. It underscores the importance of sustainable transport for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. It will build on the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference, held on 26 and 27 November 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, which resulted in the “Ashgabat Statement on Commitments and Policy Recommendations”.

    Transport enables the mobility of people and goods, enhancing economic growth and livelihoods while improving access to quality services, such as health, education and finance. It strengthens connectivity at all levels, helping integrate economies, improving social equity, enhancing rural-urban linkages and building resilience. At the same time, there is also recognition of negative environmental, social and health impacts. Close to a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions come from transport and these emissions are projected to grow substantially in the years to come, further exacerbating climate change. Other pollutants, most evidently in many urban centres, directly impact health; casualties and deaths from accidents are also on the rise. Increasing connectivity can be accompanied with increasing illicit flows of contraband. Without proactive measures, existing inequalities such as those due to disabilities, gender or remoteness can become even more entrenched, According to the report of the former Secretary-General’s High-level Advisory Group, sustainable transport seeks to alleviate these negative impacts while “advancing economic and social development to benefit today’s and future generations—in a manner that is safe, affordable, accessible, efficient, and resilient”. Click here for more information on sustainable transport.

    The second Global Sustainable Transport Conference will draw upon discussions and action on sustainable transport in intergovernmental and other fora. Advances in sustainable transport will contribute to the attainment of many, if not all, of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), outlined in the 2030 Agenda. Some SDGs are directly connected to sustainable transport through targets and indicators, such as SDG 3 on health, which includes a target addressing deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents (3.6), and SDG 11 on sustainable cities which includes a target on providing access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all and on expanding public transport (11.2). Many others are also connected through the enabling role of sustainable transport across the 2030 Agenda.

    The second Global Sustainable Transport Conference will bring together key stakeholders from Governments, UN system and other international organizations, the private sector, and civil society to discuss the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport and its multiple roles in supporting the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. All modes of transport—road, rail, aviation and waterborne—will be addressed, and recent scientific and technological advances deliberated. The concerns of vulnerable groups, such as women, the youth, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and the poor, and of many developing countries, including least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States, will receive particular focus. Key transport objectives, such as access for all while leaving no one behind, green mobility, efficiency and safety will be discussed.

    The programme of the Conference will reflect the diversity and complexity of the transport sector and will provide an opportunity for policy dialogue as well as forging partnerships and initiatives to advance sustainable transport.

    The Conference website is here: https://indico.un.org/event/1000216/

  7. Successful e-bike scheme helps reduce car trips in Peterborough

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    Source: Peterborough City Council

    More than 3,000 journeys have been made as part of an e-bike trial in Peterborough, helping to reduce the number of short car trips in the city.

    More than 1,000 riders have benefitted from the scheme which launched in January, helping to improve air quality and achieve a reduction of approximately two tonnes of CO2 thanks to people using the e-bikes instead of cars. In total, cyclists in Peterborough taking part in the trial have travelled more than 30,000km over the past eight months.

    The pilot project was set up by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, with the e-bikes supplied by European operator Voi. Initially, 20 bikes were placed across Peterborough, but this has since expanded to 37. And the scheme is now expanding further by covering Hampton and Hampton Hargate to encourage more people to replace their journeys into the town centre with e-bikes.

    It costs £1 to unlock the e-bike and then £0.15 per minute of usage. However, there are also 24 hour (£10) and 30 day (£40) subscriptions available that allow users to take an unlimited number of rides at a fixed rate. In addition, there are discounts for students and those on a low income. The e-bikes have to be left in pre-defined parking areas.

    Cllr Peter Hiller, Peterborough City Council cabinet member for strategic planning and commercial strategy and investments, said: “The success of the e-bikes trial has shown the appetite for sustainable transport in Peterborough, something we are keen to progress. This scheme has proven that being environmentally-friendly need not be a burden, with the e-bikes allowing for quick, cheap journeys while also improving air quality in the city. It’s also great to see that scheme will now expand in Hampton, allowing residents there to enjoy the many benefits e-bikes bring.”

    Cllr Nigel Simons, cabinet member for waste, street scene and the environment, said: “As a council we declared a climate emergency in 2019, and the success of the e-bikes trial shows our commitment to making our city a place where residents can enjoy the benefits of cleaner air.”

    Dr Nik Johnson, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said: “Projects that open up the opportunity for communities to choose a healthier, more sustainable and environmentally-friendly way to travel across Peterborough, rather than using the car, will always receive my support. I’m pleased to see the e-bike trial area is already expanding to allow more people to make use of this green travel option.”

  8. Unique QWIC Pop-up Display in Berlin

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    LEVA-EU member and Dutch e-bike brand QWIC is striking attention in Berlin. A pop-up window has been realized in the German capital where QWIC´s Premium Q is displayed in a playful way. With its pop-up campaign, QWIC wants to increase brand awareness in the Berlin region and inform consumers about their e-bikes.

    Brand marketeer Mia Sabotke, is QWIC´s leading person behind the pop-up window: “QWIC is growing fast in Germany and with this unique and playful promotion we want to further increase our brand awareness. The pop-up promotion combines the online and offline possibilities of product presentation with our dealer as an important information and service point”.

    Guerilla marketing
    In August and September, the QWIC Premium Q MN8 – praised with various design awards – will be presented in the pop-up window downtown Berlin. With the help of chalk stencils on the street, the attention of passers-by is drawn and they are led to the pop-up window. By scanning a QR code on the window, interested parties receive more information about the e-bike and QWIC can accurately measure the effect of the campaign.

    The promotion was set up in collaboration with QWIC dealer Wingwheels, located 700m from the pop-up location. Interested parties can obtain further information from the dealer about QWIC e-bikes and immediately take a test ride on the QWIC e-bikes.

  9. Is EU Commission to overlook LEVs in Strategy for affordable, accessible, healthy and clean transport?

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    The European Commission is currently collecting feedback on their roadmap in preparation of a Strategy for Sustainable and Smart Mobility. One of the objectives of the Strategy will be a 90% reduction of GHG emissions by 2050.

    Having analysed the roadmap, LEVA-EU concludes that the Commission may well once again focus unilaterally on alternative fuels and charging infrastructure to achieve that objective. In it’s feedback, the trade association for businesses in the LEV-sector, claims a prominent role for LEVs in the Strategy. They offer affordable, accessible, healthy and clean transport, which is exactly what the Commission is looking for. The full text of LEVA-EU’s feedback is below.

    LEVA-EU Feedback on the Commission’s Roadmap for an EU Strategy for Sustainable and Smart Mobility

    LEVA-EU is the only trade association in Europe that works exclusively for light electric vehicles. LEVA-EU currently represents around 50 companies, active in various parts of the LEV-business.

    The term light, electric vehicle (LEVs) includes a range of vehicles with one, two, three or more wheels that offer affordable, accessible, healthy and clean transport. These vehicles are included in the L-category or excluded through Article 2.2 of Regulation 168/2013.

    The objectives for the future Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy include:

    • Increasing the uptake of zero-emission vehicles
    • Making alternative solutions available to the people and businesses
    • Supporting digitalisation and automation
    • Improving connectivity and accessibility

    To what extent are LEVs at the forefront of the Commission’s mind in achieving these objectives?

    And yet, COVID-19 has clearly shown to what extent LEVs effectively offer a solution for sustainable transport. Thousands of cities throughout Europe, literally gave way, not only to pedestrians and cyclists but also to electric bicycles, electric cargo bikes, e-scooters, electric mopeds, light electric three and four-wheeled vehicles: affordable, accessible, healthy and clean transport.

    And yet, the EU and its member states either ignore or marginalize LEVs, or both. With the UK and the Netherlands, we only quote 2 examples of countries that are still not allowing e-scooters on public roads. In other member states, millions of citizens use them for short trips … trips, a large percentage of which previously would have been done by car. Fifty percent of all car trips in the EU are less than 5 km and 30 percent even less than 3 km. And still, the Commission is focussing to a very large extent on alternative fuels and on charging infrastructure, in other words on cars. In the meantime, millions of people have taken up commuting by e-scooter, e-bike, speed pedelec, … whilst a growing number of businesses deliver their goods and services by electric cargo bikes.

    The growing shortage of road space for pedestrians, bicycles and LEVs stirs up a public and political debate, not about pushing back big, polluting, noisy, dangerous, expensive vehicles and giving back space to affordable, accessible, healthy and clean travel. The debate is about how to continue to squeeze all that sustainable transport onto little strips on the side of the road.

    LEVs do not need alternative fuels, nor charging infrastructure. They all work on small amounts of electricity, which they can get from just plugging them into any power point. LEVs first and foremost need the right regulatory framework. Their uptake is very seriously hampered by European and national regulatory bottlenecks, which the Commission refuses to solve.

    The roadmap promises to set the right regulatory and non-regulatory framework for a leading European transport industry, both in clean and connected mobility. The plea for taking LEVs out of the legislative framework for ICE mopeds and motorcycles to give them their own accurate framework is now more than 20 years old. The LEV market still consists for 95% of electric bicycles with pedal assistance up to 25 km/h and 250W. These electric bicycles are the only LEVs to enjoy their own regulatory and non-regulatory framework. The market needs new solutions, a wider variety of vehicles but Regulation 168/2013 remains untouched, causing no type-approvals in L1e-A, huge constraints for electric cargo-bikes and speed pedelecs and many people with physical impairments being denied access to electric bicycles.

    Furthermore, LEVs need exchange of good practice, research and regulatory support for:

    • sufficient and safe on and off-road infrastructure for LEVs
    • the modernisation and update of national traffic codes, which today or still based on outdated vehicle concepts
    • the integration of LEVs in MaaS
    • the development of the most effective fiscal incentives
    • the integration of LEVs as full-fledged transport solution in public procurement

    Under the title “Problem the initiative aims to tackle” the Commission writes: “Investments in sustainable alternative fuels and clean technologies as well as renewals of transport fleets by public authorities and companies are essential to achieve the transition that is needed.

    This clearly shows the lack of awareness among the Commission as to the potential of LEVs in “delivering a 90% reduction in transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to support the EU’s aim to become the first climate neutral continent.

    LEVA-EU herewith calls upon the Commission to study light, electric vehicles, to research their potential for providing affordable, accessible, healthy and clean transport and to start a dialogue with LEV-businesses and users.

    If the future Mobility Strategy aims at giving LEVs a primary role, the citizens in the European Union will enjoy, next to affordable, accessible, healthy and clean transport, a wealth of additional benefits: congestion reduction, improvement of public health, safer transport that remains available during pandemic crises, huge savings on external costs in exchange of huge external benefits, creation of green jobs whilst greening the economy. LEVA-EU calls upon the Commission to give LEVs a prominent role in the Strategy since they will play a key role in delivering the 90% less GHG emissions.

    A Strategy that aims at establishing affordable, accessible, healthy and clean transport, cannot afford to ignore and overlook means of transport, which already are affordable, accessible, healthy and clean. LEVA-EU is at the Commission’s disposal for any further details on LEVs and for assisting in liaising with the LEV community.

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