33 businesses, of which 4 clusters gathering 400 companies, 20 SMEs and 9 international businesses, 7 urban regions of which one alliance of 200 cities, 29 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), 6 Research Organisations (ROs) joined eseia to promote smart mobility in urban regions in Europe
eseia´s KIC Urban Mobility proposal brought together 76 partners, from Europe and China, in a monumental effort that began in 2017 and culminated on 12 July 2018 with the submission of wemove2zero to define the path towards zero emission cities in Europe. In order to bring about such a radical transformation in European mobility, eseia had to re-imagine the linkages between mobility modes, intervention paths, technologies, and actors. For this purpose, a smart structure was developed. At its centre eseia formulated one Hub, in Graz, AT, and its five Co-Location Centres, based in Brasov, Dublin, Graz, Lisbon, and Tallinn. In total, 33 businesses, of which 4 clusters gathering 400 companies, 20 SMEs and 9 international businesses, 7 urban regions of which one alliance of 200 cities, 29 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), 6 Research Organisations (ROs) joined eseia to promote smart mobility in urban regions in Europe. These partners form the 680 organisations strong wemove2zero knowledge and innovation community.
Like in any other grand undertaking, it all started with a desire to drive change. eseia´s longstanding commitment to transform Europe in the most innovative energy region in the world, led her to establish from the very beginning, back in 2009 when eseia was founded after a failed EIT KIC Renewable Energy proposal.
Today a total of 400 eseia experts work together in four working groups and two focus groups, one of which is dedicated to Smart Urban Mobility headed by Mario Hirz from TU Graz. Together eseia experts work on the most pressing issues affecting EU urban regions in H2020 proposals, and training activities, promoted under Education and Training Programme (EPT). When the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) published the Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) call on Urban Mobility, on 3 July 2017, it felt only natural for eseia to participate and lead the redefinition of European cities, to make mobility emission free while ensuring the welfare, quality of life, and health of the citizens.
The groundwork for wemove2zero however, did not start with the launch of the call, but earlier at the beginning of 2017 and by July, eseia had organised a thorough feasibility study and six International Workshops in Brussels, Graz, Dublin, and Lisbon. Moreover, eseia ensured the quality of the wemove2zero partnership by arranging more than 100 appointments with business and government. In addition, eseia organised 20 meetings, with the core KIC Proposal Team, which assessed every aspect of key KIC objectives, such as innovation projects and business creation.
The KIC Urban Mobility call closed on 12 July 2018, and EIT is currently evaluating the proposals received. Those proposals reaching 70 out of 100 points will be invited to the hearings of EIT Governing Board at EIT Headquarters in Budapest, Hungary, on 4-5 December. By the end year, the winner of KIC Urban Mobility will be announced.