The North Sea Commission Celebrates its 25th Anniversary - CARE-North+ Gives Input on Green Transport
March 24, 2014
This year, the North Sea Commission is celebrating its 25th anniversary. A conference in the Danish city of Aalborg on March 13th, 2014 brought together stakeholders from the public and private sectors, academia and NGOs to discuss the challenges and solutions of shared problems in the North Sea Region. One of the areas was “Green Transport”, which featured a key presentation of the CARE-North+ project.
The chair of the transport group, Cllr. Preben Friis-Hauge from the South Denmark region opened the conference and Jon Halvard Eide from Norway presented the Transport Group of the North Sea Commission. Coincidently, the North Sea Conference coincided almost exactly another 25 year anniversary: with the birth of the World Wide Web. This and other developments of the information and communication sector have revolutionised the way we work and live. More impacts on transport and mobility can be expected and CARE-North+ will elaborate on this further during the duration of the project.
There is a great deal of interest in the outcome of upcoming events of the CARE-North project, for instance for the planned scenarios about the effects of rising fuel prices on the resilience of cities and regions and in the envisaged workshop about the impacts of automated transport.
The presentation „Lessons for mobility of the future in the North Sea Area” by Michael Glotz-Richter can be downloaded below.
For more information about the North Sea Commission’s Conference, click here.
March 21, 2014
“Supporting Growth through Regional Connectivity – How can better transport links promote economic development at the regional level?” was the title of the final conference of North-West Europe Interreg project SINTROPHER (Sustainable Transport for North-West Europe's Periphery). The conference took place on February 27, 2014 in Brussels and involved a number of European stakeholders.
Bremen, represented by Michael Glotz-Richter, was invited to close the conference and to provide an outlook to the year 2040 together with Sir Peter Hall. In his presentation, Michael showed the potential of development until 2040 by looking back 26 years – exactly the time span that is left until 2040. 26 years ago, in 1988, a revolutionary development took place in the sector of information and communication technology, which will continue and likely also change much in future of transportation…
Michael's presentation can be downloaded below.
You can learn more about the SINTROPHER project here.
March 20, 2014
With the introduction of the Malmö Express, the city of Malmö takes another step towards sustainability. On the 14th of March, the first Malmö Express bus arrived by boat in the city. The Malmö Express is a 24 meter long gas- and electric hybrid bus and is twice the size of a normal city bus in Malmö. The Malmö Express is expected to strengthen the current bus fleet in Malmö on heavily travelled public transport routes. The travel time is also expected to be shortened due to new, improved bus stops, dedicated bus lanes and the possibility to board the bus through all entrances. A total of 15 buses will be delivered in the coming weeks and operation will begin in June 2014.
For information in Swedish, click here!
High-Profil Environmental Networks Send Message Regarding Climate and Energy Objectives to the European Council
March 18, 2014
The CARE-North plus project partner ICLEI was one of several high-profile environmental and governmental networks to sign and support a joint open letter to the European Council. The message issued a request that the European Council send an encouraging signal to citizens, investors, communities and local and regional authorities in order to bolster the European Union’s climate ambitions. Among the other signatories were the Climate Alliance, Energy Cities, Fedarene, Eurocities and CEMR (Council of European Municipalities and Regions).
A focus of the message is the need for ambitious greenhouse gas reduction strategies and goals in the 2030 framework and the potential that lies within cities, town and regions to assist in reaching the EU’s climate and energy objectives as urban areas are responsible for 80% of global energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
The open letter to the European Council is available for download below.
March 11, 2014
The second CARE-North plus Partner Meeting took place in Ghent, BE on February 10th and 11th. The partner Taxistop took advantage of the presence of the sustainable mobility experts from the North Sea Region by organising an evening event with presentations from the Cities of Malmö and Bremen, which was open to political representatives and the public of Ghent. Among the participants was Ann Plas, a representative of the City Counsellor for Transport in Ghent, and an active blogger from Ghent, who used the evening’s discussions as inspiration for a blog article. The blogger focussed on the creative Malmö campaign promoting cycling and walking, „No ridiculous car trips“. The Flemish blog can be viewed here.
Photo by: Lars Ove Kvalbein
March 10, 2014
On March 5th, 2014 six Flemish organisations presented a memorandum for the Sharing Economy in Flanders. This memorandum included sixty-five measures to support and promote sharing, including: car-sharing, ride-sharing, tool swapping, repair cafés, cohousing, and short food chains.
Taxistop, a partner of the CARE-North plus project, wrote the chapter about Shared Mobility - ride-sharing, car-sharing and bike-sharing.
The memorandum was sent to all of the regional political parties in order to create awareness for the next national and regional elections.
Furthermore, this document was distributed to other regions (Netherlands, Brussels and Wallonia) via various social networks (OuiShare Community and Shareable). The memorandum will be presented in The Hague, NL on the 10th of March 2014.
The memorandum (available in Flemish only) is available for download below.
March 6th, 2014
At a recent meeting of World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) of the cities Esbjerg, Stavanger and Aberdeen, CARE-North plus team member Professor Richard Laing was able to present work from the project. He was participating in the event as a guest of Aberdeen City Council, which, in addition to its work on CARE-North plus, is one of the founder members of the WECP.
The practitioners’ meeting included discussion of low carbon initiatives, including sustainable transport, district heating of public housing and the development of alternative fuel sources. It is intended that the meeting outcomes be developed into cross-partnership proposals for collaboration and will be developed further during the full WECP meeting in Houston, Texas USA at the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference.
Exchange with the Interreg Atlantic Programme on Sustainable Mobility Planning in La Rochelle, France
March 6th, 2014
Pamela Mühlmann from ICLEI participated in CLIMATLANTIC’s 2nd Forum for Interregional Mobility - with a focus on local and regional actions for carbon footprint reduction - in La Rochelle, France on February 20-21, 2014.
This conference is part of a series of events initiated and organised by the European CLIMATLANTIC Project. The CLIMATLANTIC Project seeks to develop strategies towards the reduction of the carbon footprint in the Atlantic area at a regional and local level. The project focuses on four essential issues: mobility, energy, territorial management and social behaviour and is developing concrete strategies that are validated through pilot actions. The project is funded by the by the Interreg Atlantic Programme.
The conference was an excellent opportunity to more closely link the activities of two Interreg programmes together and to exchange views on the common topic of CO2 reduction. ICLEI presented its work in terms of climate and mobility, especially referring to all current projects such as CARE-North plus. During various exchange opportunities, the integrated and innovative approach of both projects CLIMATLANTIC and CARE-North plus with regard to future mobility planning was discussed. For example, both of the projects work with future development scenarios. Further information on the CLIMATLANTIC project can be found under: http://www.climatlanticproject.eu/eng/index.php
Photo: Dominique Breuil, Director of Research at EIGSi - Ecoles d'Ingénieurs généralistes
Do we have to choose between environment and economy?
Many challenges exist for the transport sector – spanning from its dependence on oil, the prevelance of carbon emission, the costs of maintaining large-scale transport infrastructure, congestion on many parts of the network and so on. Job creation is often in the foreground when calling for more (road) transport infrastructure. But is the creation of transportation infrastruture the best approach to job creation? Can the above mentioned problems be dealt with constructively by expanding road transport infrastructure? Should we give up when looking at the impact of transport on climate gas emissions for the sake of job creation?
The EU-funded Interreg North Sea project CARE-North-plus (“Low carbon transport strategies for the North Sea Area”) shared some provocative concepts about alternative approaches to mobility infrastructure, economic stability and job creation at the "Transportation Transformation" event in the European Parliament in Brussels on February 12th, 2014. This dialogue contributed to the stimulation of a political debate about mobility and transport models of the future. The event was held in cooperation with the MEP Michael Cramer, Speaker for the Green Party in the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN).
Speakers, from left to right: Christian Byrith (Head of the North Sea Region Programme Secretariat), Prof. Jeff Kenworthy (Professor at CUSP in Perth and University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt), Dr. Joachim Lohse (Minister for the Environment, Construction and Transport in Bremen), Michael Glotz-Richter (Senior advisor for sustainable mobility and coordinator of CARE-North plus, City of Bremen), Michael Cramer (MEP, Speaker of the Green Party in the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and Prof. John Whitelegg (Professor of Sustainable Development in the Stockholm Environment Institute in York and Professor of Sustainable Transport in Liverpool).
All for the presentations and pictures of the event can be seen/downloaded from Gallery and below, in the attachments section.
CARE-North plus has been accepted by the Steering Committee as an 18-month extension of the successful CARE-North project!
The project has a running time of 18 months (from September 2013 until February 2015) and the first partnership/kick-off meeting was held in Malmö mid-October 2013.
This event was for CARE-North plus members and Interreg NSR representatives only.
CARE-North plus will continue use this CARE-North website in order to provide an overview on the previous achievements on sustainable, low-carbon transport solutions. In CARE-North plus, we will also build on the experience from the cluster project LOWCAP (see logo/ link on the right).
The new partnership consists of the following members:
The City of Bremen
Nehlsen GmbH & Co. KG
ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), Freiburg
The City of Malmö
METRO - West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority
Aberdeen City Council
The Robert Gordon University
The Province of Fryslân
Hordaland County Council
The City of Bergen
Photo: CARE-North plus partners viewing a the construction site of a new bicycle parking station in Malmö