17/09/2024 - 18/09/2024 Paris, France

Light vehicles – heavy impacts? Joint POLIS WG meeting with ACEM & LENS

POLIS Network is delighted to announce the ‘save the date’ for our joint working group meeting on light vehicles, which is organised in cooperation with ACEM and the EU-funded LENS project. The two-day event will take place from 17-18 September 2024 at the premises of IFPEN in Paris, France.

L-vehicles are often an inexpensive and efficient way to get around cities, but they also cause significant noise- and air pollution. Nevertheless, this particular mode of transport is often forgotten by policymakers and city administrations. Since L-vehicles are often inexpensive, but also a polluting mode of transport, which is often forgotten by policymakers of European cities, POLIS, ACEM and IFPEN will bring light vehicles to the centre of attention with a dedicated working group meeting about this vehicle category. Participants will have the chance to gain a holistic overview of the day-to-day impacts and externalities of L-vehicles in urban areas while having the opportunity to attend the live noise- and air pollution measurement campaign of LENS and receive a tour of the IFPEN vehicle (components) testing laboratory.

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Our L-vehicle focus topics

Internal planning of each working group session is currently ongoing, but a first outline is available below. Since L-vehicles are a POLIS priority of 2024, as they are often overlooked in the policy-making processes, this dedicated event will raise awareness and promote exchange between POLIS members and external participants from the LENS stakeholder & city platform. Each of the following topics will have a 75min-long session, which includes presentations from POLIS members and/or ACEM, followed by an open discussion, moderated by the dedicated working group chairs; 

  • Clean Vehicles & Air Quality - Infrastructure requirements for small electric vehicles
  • Access & WG Parking - Parking management of L-vehicles in dense urban contexts with limited curb space 
  • Urban Freight - L-vehicles as the backbone of urban goods & food deliveries
  • Safety & Security - Challenge of L-vehicles exclusion from the category of vulnerable road users
  • Governance - Share L-vehicle operation in urban areas  

The LENS project has four main aims. Firstly, to perform noise- and air pollution tests in a laboratory environment to gain an overview of L-vehicle emissions. Secondly, to perform real-world road measurement tests in three cities, of which the first tests in Leuven (BE) were a success with more than 160 vehicles tested. The second live tests are undertaken in Paris in the week of the event. Thirdly, these results from laboratory and real-world tests will be summarised and transposed into policy recommendations for cities and regions to tackle L-vehicle pollution and illegal tampering. Fourthly, a publicly available digital solution for L-vehicle users to gain insights into vehicle performance and pollution levels will be provided.

Preliminary Agenda*

Subject to change and future updates

Day 1 – 17 September 2024 

9:00 – 9:30  Welcome Words  
9:30 – 10:45  Clean Vehicles & Air Quality
10:45 – 12:00  Access & Parking 
12:00 – 12:15  Coffee break  
12:15 – 13:30  Governance & Integration 
13:30 – 14:30  Lunch  
14:30 - 15:45  Urban Freight 
15:45 – 17:00  Safety & Security
17:00 – 17:15  Coffee break  
17:15 – 18:00  Overview of the LENS project   
18:00 – 21:00  Dinner (TBD)  

Day 2 – 18 September 2024 

8:30–9:45  Welcome Coffee  & Welcome address
9:45–10:30  Summary & first conclusions of the LENS measurement campaign  
10:30–12:15 L-vehicle pollution mitigation strategies in Paris (Bruitparif & IFPEN)  &  LENS project discussion
Site visit (subject to change if weather conditions are not suitable)