7. Event News
BUMP project results to be discussed at Brussels workshop
Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) are an excellent way for cities to make their transport cleaner, safer and more sustainable. They also provide a tried and tested method to lower emissions and improve air quality. On 16 March 2016, the Boosting Urban Mobility Plans (BUMP) project is holding its final workshop in Brussels (Belgium) within the framework of Breakfast at Sustainability's, giving participants the opportunity to learn from the project's conclusions and to discuss SUMP approaches with relevant colleagues from across Europe. All stakeholders working in the field of sustainable mobility are invited to take part in the event, which is hosted by the Umbria Region Brussels office.
Registration for the event is available online and should be completed by 14 March. Speakers include Isabelle Maës, EU Policy Officer, European Commission, DG MOVE; Abel Ortego, Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption (CIRCE); and Lucia Ilieva, Club Sustainable Development of Civil Society (CSDCS).
Fabio Tomasi and Luca Mercatelli, coordinators of BUMP, will inform participants of the concrete results achieved by the project. The BUMP project helps local governments in cities with between 40,000 and 350,000 inhabitants to develop their own SUMPs. Working in nine EU countries, BUMP provides city planners and environmental and technical officers with the knowledge and skills to plan and manage sustainable mobility in urban and peri-urban areas.
For more information, download the programme [PDF].
CO-POWER events to look at how communities can become energy producers
Two events are being held by the Community Power project (CO-POWER) in the coming weeks, both addressing the shift to renewable energy in Europe and the urgent need to end our reliance on fossil fuels.
The first takes place in Brussels (Belgium) on 16 March 2016 and will focus on the role of communities and citizens in producing renewable energy. Opportunities and barriers to successful community renewable energy projects will be discussed, including financial and legal obstacles. EU and national policy makers, as well as stakeholders from the renewable energy industry are invited to attend. Registration is available online.
A separate event on integrating community energy projects into local energy plans will be held in the Polish capital of Warsaw on 6 April 2016. Local decision-makers, planners, local government associations and networks, and energy agencies are invited to participate in this free workshop. Further details and registration for the event is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit the CO-POWER website.
Urban Transport Roadmaps policy tool to be launched in Bremen
The Urban Transport Roadmaps policy tool, which will be launched in ICLEI member Bremen (Germany) on 13 April 2016, helps decision-makers to analyse different combinations of sustainable urban mobility measures. The tool is designed to help cities deliver on the goals of their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs), and has been commissioned by DG MOVE of the European Commission.
The ability to compare different mobility scenarios will be of great help to transport planners. They will be able to forecast the impact of measures and understand whether they are the best solution to the challenges they face. The focus is on transport scenarios and roadmaps for implementation that are feasible and practical.
The launch of the tool will be kicked-off with a free event after the conclusion of the 3rd European Conference on SUMPs, which also takes place in Bremen from 12 – 13 April. Members of the Urban Transport Roadmaps project consortium, the European Commission, and representatives of European cities will discuss the importance of scenario building and how it can improve local mobility policy and planning. Participants at the event will then be able to try the tool themselves at a reception in the evening.
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Local Renewables Conference 2016 to explore the role of smart technologies in energy supply
The Local Renewables Conference 2016 will take place from 26-28 October this year, spread across Freiburg (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland). The 7th edition of the Local Renewables Series will build on the success of previous conferences by bringing together leading and learning cities, policy-makers from European and national governments, and representatives from business, research and finance institutions. The event will showcase practical and innovative examples of how to reduce energy use, as well as how to make the best use of energy sources in a region.
In the face of rapidly growing global energy needs, the EU Energy Union recognises the importance of cities and regions in making energy more secure, affordable and sustainable. At a time when European cities are searching for innovative ways of meeting energy demands while responding to citizens’ needs, the conference will address key issues, such as the potential of smart technologies for urban energy transformation; how smart technologies affect quality of life; and the related local economic opportunities. Further details are available in the 1st Conference Announcement.
For more information, visit the conference website.