With man’s environmental impacts and global warming creating a myriad of challenges to our planet, it is now the time to implement and encourage cutting-edge initiatives in sustainability to shape the mobility of tomorrow – with this statement in mind, the 2016 CIVITAS Forum was held from 28-30 September in Gdynia (Poland). The annual conference saw a record high attendance with many cities attending from the CIVITAS PLUS II and CIVITAS 2020 programmes.
European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, closed the conference by saying: “Cities are major actors in delivering innovative solutions. Now is the time to unite efforts to go further and faster in achieving smart mobility”.
The conference also concluded the CIVITAS CAPITAL – making the best of CIVITAS! project. UITP managed the Advisory Group on Combined Mobility, which produced recommendations to the European Commission on future CIVITAS actions and wider policy formulation. The project also advised on further research, matching the EU policy objectives as outlined in the Urban Mobility Package and the White Paper on Transport. The work focused on the opportunities of intermodal electromobility to reduce congestion and improve air quality in urban areas. The main recommendations can be found here.
Support for the CIVITAS programme will be continued by CIVITAS SATELLITE, which will facilitate cooperation so cities can lower barriers and hesitations to implement the effective, innovative solutions. The role of UITP in CIVITAS SATELLITE is to increase the cooperation between the CIVITAS Initiative and sustainable urban mobility experts, practitioners and projects outside Europe, and to manage two Thematic Groups: Clean fuels and vehicles, and Collective Passenger Transport.
CIVITAS is one of the most successful EU programmes in promoting innovative solutions for sustainable development. It brings together all CIVITAS and other cities that are committed to introducing ambitious, clean urban transport strategies.
The 2017 CIVITAS Forum will be in Torres Vedras, Portugal. Learn more on www.civitas.eu.
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