EUROPE – DG MOVE – Mobility & Transport
The Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, commonly referred to as DG MOVE, is one of the more than 40 Directorates-General and services that make up the European Commission. With growing freight and passenger transport, pollution and congestion risk is aggravating. The European Commission is working towards a form of mobility that is sustainable, energy-efficient and respectful of the environment.
DG MOVE objective is to disconnect mobility from its adverse effects. This means, above all, promoting co-modality, i.e. optimally combining various modes of transport within the same transport chain, which is the solution for the future in the case of freight. Technical innovation and a shift towards the least polluting and most energy efficient modes of transport – especially in the case of long distance and urban travel – will also contribute to a more sustainable mobility.
ELTIS – The European Mobility Portal
Eltis facilitates the exchange of information, knowledge and experiences in the field of urban mobility in Europe. It is aimed at individuals working in the field of transport as well as in related disciplines, including urban and regional development, health, energy and environmental sciences.
Eltis supports the creation of urban transport systems, which use less energy and produce less emissions, while improving the competitiveness of urban areas and the mobility and quality of life of its citizens. Created more than 10 years ago, Eltis is now Europe’s main portal on urban mobility.
ManagEnergy is a technical support initiative of the Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) programme of the European Commission that focuses on sustainable energy actions at the local and regional level. The initiative is primarily targeted at local and regional public authorities, especially Covenant of Mayors signatories, as well as energy agencies and other organisations with a public mission that work on sustainable energy.
ManagEnergy offers a wide range of tools and services, including the ManagEnergy website and Education Corner, capacity building workshops across Europe, an annual call for case studies and an annual conference, publications and electronic newsletters as well as numerous networking opportunities for energy actors.
Covenant of Mayors
The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to increase energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. By their commitment, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020.
After the adoption, in 2008, of its climate and energy package, the European Commission launched the Covenant of Mayors to endorse and support the efforts deployed by local authorities in the implementation of sustainable energy policies.
For its unique characteristics – being the only movement of its kind mobilising local and regional actors around the fulfilment of EU objectives – the Covenant of Mayors is portrayed by European institutions as an exceptional model of multi-level governance.
Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans
Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans define a set of interrelated measures designed to satisfy the mobility needs of people and businesses today and tomorrow. They are the result of an integrated planning approach and address all modes and forms of transport in cities and their surrounding area.
Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans aim to create a sustainable urban transport system in cities.
EPOMM is the European platform on Mobility Management, a network of governments in European countries that are engaged in Mobility Management (MM). They are represented by the Ministries that are responsible for MM in their countries.
EPOMM aims to promote and further develop Mobility Management in Europe; and to support active information exchange and learning on Mobility Management between European countries.
Smart Cities European Innovation Partnership
The Smart Cities European partnership seeks to improve the quality of urban life by reducing cities’ environmental footprints. It does this by supporting faster and greater deployment of smart city solutions. It invites the energy, transport and ICT sectors to work together with communities by matching technologies to address cities‘ needs.
The partnership is a Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP) whose first task is to prepare the Strategic Implementation Plan, which outlines barriers to wide-scale deployment of smart city solutions; common objectives; and recommendations for actions by companies, researchers, civil society, local public administrations, regional, national and EU level public organisations. This plan will be ready in autumn 2013. Implementation will start late 2013. The EIP is a very open process and the EC will facilitate participation and engagement of many existing networks, including CIVITAS and the Covenant of Mayors.
The ISH initiative researches, collects and examines the benefits and harms of medical procedures in the area of men’s health for patients and other affected personas.
ISH aims to bring attention and funding to desperately needed interventions in the field of erectile dysfunction and related conditions.
Do the right Mix
The European Commission’s Sustainable Urban Mobility campaign, launched in July 2012, is a three-year initiative aiming to support sustainable urban mobility campaigners in the European Union’s 28 Member States, plus Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.
The campaign is managed by the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport and funded through the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme – the EU’s support programme for non-technological actions in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
The central objective of this campaign is to promote the advantages of combining different modes of transportation. The campaign bears the slogan ‘Do the Right Mix’, and aims to highlight and advertise the fact that by using different modes of transportation for each journey as appropriate, people can improve their health, their finances and the environment.
SCIS – Smart Cities Information System
This innovative project aims to bring together like-minded interests and individuals to encourage knowledge sharing and greater collaboration in the long-term goal of creating Smart Cities and an energy efficient Europe.
Supported by the European Commission, the Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) is a continuation of the CONCERTO series of projects, started back in 2005.
The SCIS also focuses on the energy dimension of ICT and transport that already includes city buildings, building clusters and city districts. It reflects the growing importance of innovation in urban planning initiatives.