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NZC: Call for additional cities for the Twinning Learning Programme

In 2020, over two thirds of greenhouse gas emissions originated from urban areas, making cities a focus for climate action. The second Call for Twin Cities launches on 8 April 2024, within the framework of the EU Cities Mission. The Twinning Learning Programme pairs cities that are not already engaged with the Cities Mission with Pilot Cities, fostering collaboration and driving systemic change towards climate neutrality. 

NetZeroCities unites 34 Partners from 13 countries to work together in achieving the EU Cities Mission. EIT Urban Mobility and NetZeroCities invite cities outside the EU Cities Mission, that are not yet Pilot or Twin Cities, to apply to the second Call for Twin Cities. By leveraging the growing network of cities within and beyond the initiative, a wide transfer of innovative climate solutions and approaches can be facilitated. Successful Twin City applicants will be paired with Pilot Cities who share similar interests, such as waste, energy, or construction to accelerate knowledge uptake on decarbonisation measures. Over a 20-month span, starting late September 2024, the tailored learning programme will facilitate structured learning activities for knowledge exchange and capacity building including support for onsite visits, workshops and expert facilitation. Selected cities will develop a ‘Twin Cities Action Plan’ to outline learnings and how these can be applied to their local context.

The eligibility criteria for cities includes: 

  • Being located in EU countries or associated countries of Horizon Europe 
  • A commitment to climate neutrality before or by 2050 
  • Not being part of the EU Cities Mission 
  • Not yet being a Twin or Pilot City 

The applications window is open until 31 May 2024. For information on how to apply, please visit: https://netzerocities.eu/twinning-learning-programme/

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    Eight partners develop solutions to tackle inequalities in Europe’s Green and Digital Future

    EIT Urban Mobility working on research project to ensure equitable access to the benefits of twin transitions

    Europe’s pursuit of a green and digital transformation raises concerns about exacerbating or creating new inequalities. While the twin transition envisions a fair and just society, challenging geopolitical developments threaten an equal future for all. READJUST, the newly launched EU-funded research project, addresses these issues and proposes concrete solutions. A four-step approach aims to successfully mitigate negative consequences of the twin transition.

    In 2022, more than one in five people in the European Union were at risk of poverty or social inclusion. Specifically, already disadvantaged groups are more likely to be left behind in a transformative process that aspires to be inclusive and resilient. READJUST, a 42-month long research project, aims to ensure equitable access to the benefits of the green and digital transformation, developing necessary tools and insights for policymakers to mitigate negative impacts. A particular focus is placed on the sectors of mobility and agri-food due to their high environmental impact, relevance to everyday life, and the potential to foster equitable change.

    To achieve these goals, READJUST partners are supported by the European Research Executive Agency (REA) with a budget of EUR 2.9 million over three and a half years.  The project gathers a strong consortium of eight multidisciplinary partners from Belgium (Solidar, EIT Food), Finland (VTT), Germany (EURICE, Fraunhofer ISI), the Netherlands (YAGHMA B.V, University of Amsterdam), and Spain (EIT Urban Mobility).

    READJUST employs a comprehensive four-step approach to achieve this: 1) identifies and monitors existing policies and inequalities, 2) assesses transition processes, 3) co-creates new measures and tools, and 4) evaluates policy recommendations and proposes evidence-based revisions for social inclusion and equality. The project’s main findings will support an Observatory designed for policymakers, featuring a policy tracker tool, a collection of best practices, a clear policy roadmap, and a co-creation framework with a self-assessment tool for evaluating potential equality impacts before policy implementation.

    EIT Urban Mobility contributions to READJUST include working on the identification of inequalities in the mobility sector, the development of an equality self-assessment tool and leading the co-creation of policy measures for equal twin transition.

    Read the full press release here: READJUST – Just transition to a green and digital future for all | READJUST

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    NetZeroCities: Twelve of EIT Urban Mobility’s Partner cities to pioneer in climate neutrality initiative

    The NetZeroCities project has announced an additional 26 Pilot Cities to test new rapid decarbonisation approaches over a two-year programme. A total of 79 Pilot Cities, including 12 partner cities affiliated with EIT Urban Mobility, are leading the way in implementing innovative approaches to address their unique climate challenges. The initiative embraces a diverse and tailored strategy, acknowledging local specificities in its systemic transformation activities. By the end of the pilot, a comprehensive set of climate-mitigation solutions, ready for implementation, scaling, or replication, will be identified.

    NetZeroCities Project: Empowering Cities for Climate Neutrality

    Despite cities taking up only 4 % of the EU’s land area, they house 75 % of EU citizens, making them pivotal in achieving Europe’s ambitious emission reduction goals. The six-year NetZeroCities project supports the EU’s Mission of “100 Climate-Netural and Smart Cities by 2030”, empowering cities to lead the way in decarbonisation efforts. The project develops and promotes tools, resources, and knowledge exchange that target and mitigate CO2-emitting urban systems. Dedicated services and pilot programmes facilitate learning about climate neutrality at the local level, with a Twinning programme promoting peer-learning among cities. 

    NetZeroCities Second Pilot Cities Cohort Announced

    The NeZeroCities project has just announced the second Pilot Cities Cohort, consisting of 2 cities working individually or collaboratively to test innovative approaches to rapid decarbonisation. With a dedicated fund of 15 million Euros, this cohort aims to transform cities through initiatives spanning electrification of construction, citizen participation in climate action, and innovative governance systems. EIT Urban Mobility’s leading cities like Riga, Dublin, and Bucharest are actively participating in this endeavour, testing new approaches through 22 Pilot activities.

     

    Pilot Cities Cohort 3 Call Open

    In a continued effort to build on the project’s climate impact, NetZeroCities has opened the call for the third Pilot Cities Cohort until 18 March 2024. Cities not yet part of the Pilot Cities Programme are encouraged to become part of this pioneering effort, testing and implementing innovative approaches across various urban systems, contributing to climate neutrality.

    EIT Urban Mobility’s efforts in NetZeroCities reflect our mission to create positive change for people and planet, creating greener and more resilient European cities.

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    Horizon Lab Matchmaking event 2024

    Matchmaking event for Horizon Europe calls organised by EIT Urban Mobility’s Horizon Lab Programme.

    The European Commission’s Horizon Europe research and innovation funding programme has lined up different funding opportunities that are of key strategic interest to strengthen the impact of collaboration, research, and innovation in supporting EU policies.

    This online matchmaking event will give you the opportunity to learn about the open calls for 2024 and the process to engage with the Horizon Lab programme.

    During the session, three Horizon Europe calls closing in September 2024 will be presented in a plenary session followed by an ideation session where we will delve into the call details and opportunities for collaboration between the organisations in our network.

    Call topics

    The following calls will be presented during the event:

    Horizon-CL5-2024-D6-01-09 Policies and governance shaping the future transport and mobility systems. 

    Horizon-CL5-2024-D6-01-12 A new framework to improve traffic safety culture in the EU, with reduced energy dependency transport. 

    Horizon-CL5-D6-01-08 Improved transport infrastructure performance – Innovative digital tools and solutions to monitor and improve the management and operation of transport infrastructure.

    How to attend

    Please register for free here.

    AGENDA

    10:00 – 10:05 Introduction and welcome

    10:05 – 10:10 Presentation of Horizon Lab programme

    10:10 – 10:30 Relevant Horizon Europe calls for 2024

    10:30 – 11:20 Ideation session

    11:20 – 11:30 Wrap up

    We look forward to seeing you at the event!

    EIT Urban Mobility and Bosch collaborate to shape the future of mobility

    EIT Urban Mobility is pleased to announce the support of Bosch’s challenge-based open innovation programme “digital.auto”. This strategic collaboration aims to support Bosch and its partners in identifying innovative solutions and engaging the brightest developers to drive the future of mobility.

    The Co-Creation Challenge “digital.auto”  is a worldwide programme that welcomes participants from all corners of the globe. It serves as a platform for talented developers to showcase their skills and contribute to the evolution of mobility. Bosch together with its partners aims to facilitate the discovery of groundbreaking ideas and accelerate their implementation in the mobility sector.

    The exploration and application phase of the challenge are scheduled in July 2023, allowing participants to submit their innovative concepts and solutions until end of August 2023. The programme will run through an exciting journey of development, collaboration, and refinement until the final presentation in February 2024.

    This collaboration between EIT Urban Mobility and Bosch represents an exceptional opportunity for individuals and teams worldwide to contribute their expertise and play a pivotal role in shaping the future of mobility. Together, we can push the boundaries of innovation and create sustainable, efficient, and inclusive mobility solutions that will positively impact urban environments.

    As soon as the challenge goes live, all details will be published on our Mobility Innovation Marketplace. To ensure that you stay up-to-date with all the latest information regarding the “digital.auto” Co-Creation Challenge, we encourage you to subscribe to our Mobility Innovation Marketplace newsletter.

    Together, let’s drive the future of mobility!

    About Bosch:

    Bosch is a global technology leader and provider of innovative solutions across various sectors, including mobility, industrial technology, consumer goods, and energy and building technology. With its extensive experience and expertise, Bosch plays a crucial role in driving advancements in mobility and shaping the future of transportation.

    For any questions, around this programme, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Philipp Schmitz, Business Development Manager, philipp.schmitz@eiturbanmobility.eu

    EIT Urban Mobility is now a part of the Smart Cities Marketplace

    EIT Urban Mobility is happy to announce that it will be a part of a 10-partner consortium led by VITO.be for the management of the Smart Cities Marketplace. The Smart Cities Marketplace is a major market-changing undertaking that aims to bring cities, industries, SMEs, investors, researchers, and other smart city actors together, to advance the market for smart and sustainable city solutions.

    The project aims to improve citizens’ quality of life and the competitiveness of European cities and industry as well as reach European energy and climate targets while ensuring a mutual level playing field for all smart city stakeholders within the European regulatory framework. By involving different stakeholders, with different knowledge and experience, the Smart Cities Marketplace aims also at being a catalyst for innovative economic and financial approaches capable to help the post-pandemic recovery phase.

    EIT Urban Mobility ‘s vision of making urban mobility sustainable cannot be achieved without the critical dialogue between diverse actors of the innovation ecosystem. This productive dialogue and development of collaborative projects of cities, innovators, and investors represent a key mission of the Smart Cities Marketplace. EIT Urban Mobility will connect innovators, investors, and cities in order to develop high-quality, close-to-market projects by contributing with expertise in matchmaking and knowledge management.

    Being a leader in digital matchmaking, EIT Urban Mobility launched the Mobility Innovation Marketplace in Nov 2021, with the platform growing rapidly both in terms of the number of visitors and content over the past year. EIT Urban Mobility and its Marketplace team are ready to provide their expertise to help thrive the Smart Cities Marketplace and to provide a growing number of innovative solutions to cities for the sake of accelerating the transition towards more sustainability.

    The EIT Urban Mobility is very excited to embark on this journey together with all the consortium partners!

    If you’re interested in being impacted by this project, please contact us!

    Mobility Solutions Showroom in Bucharest

    Bucharest has welcomed the second Mobility Solutions Showroom by EIT Urban Mobility. Some of the most relevant innovators from the Solutions Catalogue were invited to present. They shared their experiences in piloting and implementing their products and services in European cities, and how these could generate an impact in the Romanian community. This community was represented by an audience of public authorities, municipalities, companies, and public transport operators, among others.


    The event aimed to bring innovators and the public sector of the Romanian region together. It was an insightful session focusing on the role of urban transport in the climate transition. Examples of best practices were displayed, highlighting the importance and potential of public-private partnerships to end greenhouse gas emissions and reach the 2030-2050 Green Deal targets.

    A thought leadership session was hosted which discussed how the transition to efficient and sustainable urban mobility can be accelerated. It discussed different methodologies combining innovation and policy changes that are within the reach of local governments or require government intervention. The attending innovators then described how their solutions also support this transition, and explained how they have provided positive social, economic, and environmental impacts across Europe:

    One such innovator is the startup VePa: their concept of vertical parking is intended to revolutionise the idea of parking in urban areas, which is primarily affected by excess parked vehicles. Simon Schubnell, co-founder and CEO of the company, presented how VePa has established several pilots in different German cities. By freeing urban spaces from parked vehicles, these cities aim to provide pedestrians and micromobility users with greener and more liveable environments.

    The VePa towers, where vehicles are parked vertically, can have docking stations on the first floor for electric scooters and bicycles and can even have space for charging stations. This latter subject is just what EVIO, another company with demonstrated impact, presented at the Showroom. The startup, represented by its CEO, Carlos Almeida, has created a digital platform with a variety of services for the EV charging ecosystem. Services are available for different users, from vehicle drivers to fleet and infrastructure managers.

    Their presentation revolved around the insufficient number of loading points both close to workplaces and places of residence. They also discussed the lack of available data on the location of these points. To address this, EVIO’s offering includes services such as operating, managing, monetising, and scheduling charging stations. EVIO is already operating in several European cities.

    Another interesting solution was presented by Alwin Bakker, founder of Code the Streets: They offer a software solution for municipalities to support them in improving their urban mobility. Code the Streets provides cities with a co-design service to identify opportunities to improve their traffic management, reduce congestion and pollution and increase safety. These are implemented through the app, combined with behaviour-change incentives to promote citizens and travellers to make safer, more sustainable, and societally friendlier mobility choices.

    Fluctuo was another innovation with focus on shared mobility showcased during the showroom by Sébastien Marteau, CCO of the company. When it comes to shared mobility, one of the biggest challenges is the availability of data about the multiple choices the user has when choosing among different types of transport and operators. Sébastien addressed this question by presenting two of the mobility solutions that the company has developed which are once again part of the EIT Urban Mobility portfolio.

    As pan-European data platform for urban shared mobility, Fluctuo gathers data from 250 shared mobility providers in Europe. This data is displayed on its API, the Fluctuo Data Flow, showing the the real-time availability of shared mobility services in user’s area directly. In addition, Sébastien also presented their solution Fluctuo City Dive, a business intelligence tool addressed to public stakeholders and private companies to make data-driven decisions on mobility services and infrastructure.

    The transition to sustainable and more liveable urban spaces requires an important investment in planning. ModelMe3D, represented in the Mobility Solutions Showroom by Samuel Alvarado, developed an interactive urban planning platform. This tool can be used by urban planners to engage citizens in their decision-making process. Using 3D models of city environments, citizens can suggest infrastructure changes on the models. These are then analysed using AI and provided to the urban planners to feed into their urban planning process.

    Additionally, a mobility infrastructure solution, Zicla was introduced at the event. Their representatives in Romania, Raluca Popescu and Viorel Tirdea presented a few product samples of cycle lanes safety devices. These Zicla products are currently used to upgrade cycle lanes and create a safer environment for cycling without disturbing or causing aesthetic damage to the environment.

    In conclusion, all solution providers had the opportunity to interact directly with municipality and industry representatives to discuss potential opportunities for addressing the mobility challenges in Romanian cities.