Fast, comfortable, cheap, inclusive, sustainable, and fun the pillars of the solutions developed by eseia in “wemove2zero” to ensure Smart Mobility in Europe in the framework of EIT´s KIC-UM.
With an increasing number of people living in urban areas, European cities are struggling to reduce the congestion, and consequent pollution, caused by everyone´s favourite mode of transport: the motor vehicle. Only 12% of Europeans rely on bicycles and 16% on public transport, still deemed to be expensive and with inadequate infrastructures by more than half of EU citizens. To tackle these issues, the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance (eseia) has developed the concept “wemove2zero”.
“wemove2zero” represents eseia´s vision of Knowledge and Innovation Community on Urban Mobility (KIC-UM) to create zero emission cities in Europe by providing fast, comfortable, cheap, inclusive, sustainable and fun mobility solutions to their citizens. How? “wemove2zero” will set up 5 Co-Location Centres (CLCs) in the Iberian Peninsula, the Baltic Region, Western, Central, and Eastern Europe. While CLCs have their own thematic focus, they will be coordinated by one Innovation Hub, managed by eseia. The concept was presented at the launch of the “Co-Location Centre Central Europe for Urban Mobility”, organized by eseia and hosted by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) on 29 January 2018. 46 participants from 7 countries representing 27 organizations attended the event. Amongst them 9 businesses, 9 higher education institutions and 4 research organizations, and 5 public organizations discovered the benefits of joining the “wemove2zero” consortium via ownership (maximum 50 members), partnership (minimum 70 co-founding partners) and associate partnership (120 associate partners). Furthermore, representatives of running EIT KICs, namely Climate-KIC and KIC InnoEnergy, joined the event to highlight the opportunities within EIT KIC actions.
In the coming months, eseia will evaluate the status of the proposal and define the steps to prepare the final draft proposal four weeks prior the deadline for submission on 12 July 2018.
Participants at the event “Central European Co-Location Center for Urban Mobility” hosted at the FFG quarters in Vienna, Austria, on 29 January 2018.
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