CIVITAS Living Lab projects demonstrate Innovative mobility solutions

Over the past four years, the three CIVITAS Living Lab projects (CIVITAS DESTINATIONS, CIVITAS ECCENTRIC and CIVITAS PORTIS) were testing and demonstrating innovative mobility solutions. As the projects conclude, they organised a three-part online final conference from 6 to 20 October to present their projects, results and perspectives.

All in all, 175 sustainable urban mobility measures were implemented in 16 European cities in the framework of the CIVITAS Living Lab projects. These measures focused on European port cities (CIVITAS PORTIS), touristic cities looking to develop sustainable mobility solutions for tourists and residents alike (CIVITAS DESTINATIONS), and European cities fostering sustainable mobility in peripheral areas, as well as testing innovative urban freight and logistic solutions (CIVITAS ECCENTRIC).

 

The first of the three sessions of this final conference, held on 6 October 2020, aimed to present these three projects in a nutshell. After the Director of Investment of DG MOVE (Mr Herald Ruijters) presented the plans and expectations of the EU Commission in terms of sustainable mobility in European cities, the coordinators of each project (Mrs Marijke De Roeck for PORTIS, Mr Claudio Mantero for DESTINATIONS and Mr Francisco J. Lopez Carmona for ECCENTRIC) introduced their projects’ specific objectives and actions, in order to briefly explain to the attendees why and how they implemented such measures.

These actions were divided in three pillars: 1) clean urban mobility, 2) multi-modality and modal integration, and 3) wise and fair cities and communities. On 13 October, nine panellists (one for each project in each pillar) were accompanied by three moderators and three evaluation managers to highlight some of their many actions, methods and results in each sector, focusing for many of them on digital solutions. Regarding clean urban mobility, solutions focused on freight in Madrid were discussed as ECCENTRIC implemented several measures, like the introduction of electric 12-ton trucks tested under real circulation. The port city of Constanta worked on a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, renewing its obsolete bus fleet and fostering the use of local public transport amongst the population. Smart multimodality solutions were also tested in these living labs, in order to reduce the use of cars, such as the integration of ferries within the public transport in Malta (DESTINATIONS). For its part, the municipality of Antwerp has developed, among other measures, an innovative route planner to give locals all the information so they can avoid using their car, combining public transports and walking. Finally, concerning the measures taken to reach wiser and fairer cities and communities, examples from Ruse in Bulgaria (ECCENTRIC), Madeira (DESTINATIONS) and Trieste (PORTIS) were exposed during this second webinar. Managers highlighted awareness campaigns, smart mobility studies and mobility solutions to mitigate the negative impacts from cruise passengers.

A final webinar was organised on October 20 to discuss the possibility to scale and transfer successful solutions. As said by the three projects managers, replicability is possible in many cases as their milestones and goals are realistic, and thanks to EU funding that can overcome high initial investment costs. Then, exchange of interest and knowledge are made possible through platforms and meetings, continuously updated. Last, the efforts to involve people and business through awareness campaigns or rewards, and the communication of good results, daily widen the possibility to replicate.

Therefore, these webinars and the CIVITAS activities were really encouraging and inspiring for the WINTER MED project which continuously works for raising awareness and sharing expertise on innovative solutions towards a sustainable development in islands regions and cities. The CPMR, partner of WINTER MED, was also contribuiting to the CIVITAS DESTINATIONS project, enabling the sharing of experiences and the identification of synergies between the two projects. Those initiatives can hopefully be as well a source of inspiration for the Med sustainable tourism community.


For more details on CIVITAS please contact : secretariat@remove-this.civitas.eu, for more information on CIVITAS Destination please contact Mr Panos Coroyannakis (panos.coroyannakis@remove-this.crpm.org), CIVITAS destination Project dissemination Manager.