SOLUTIONSplus Flagship Project Starts
On the 1st of January 2020 an international flagship project has been launched to support the global transition to sustainable mobility. In the context of the EU-funded SOLUTIONSplus project 45 partners and over 100 associated partners will work together on transformative change towards sustainable urban mobility through innovative and integrated electric mobility solutions. The team of local authorities, knowledge and finance partners, industry, networks and international organizations will help boosting the availability of public and shared electric vehicles, foster the efficiency of operations and support the integration of different types of e-mobility in urban areas that meet the needs users and local conditions in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
This project builds on the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative, which was launched by UN-Habitat and the Wuppertal Institute at the UN Climate Summit 2014. It also closely cooperates with a sister project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and managed by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and UN Environment. Together the two projects create a joint global urban e-mobility programme that will significantly boost the development of innovative solutions, their replication and scale-up. Through the regional platforms, global working groups and local teams, the partners will develop highly effective and innovative approaches to urban e-mobility ensuring that mobility systems and interventions deliver on the Paris Agreement, meet the Sustainable Development Goals and address the New Urban Agenda.
The project encompasses city level demonstrations to test different types of innovative and integrated e-mobility solutions, complemented by a comprehensive toolbox, capacity development and replication activities. Demonstration actions will be launched in Hanoi (Vietnam), Pasig (Philippines), Lalitpur/Kathmandu (Nepal), Nanjing (China), Kigali (Rwanda), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Quito (Ecuador), Montevideo (Uruguay), Madrid (Spain) and Hamburg (Germany).
Polis Network together with UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme) is coordinating the Capacity Building, City-To-City Cooperation and Professional Development activities of the project, to support cities in enhancing their skills and competences to integrate e-mobility into their plans and vision for sustainable urban mobility.
The project kick-off workshop was held in Berlin from 21 to 22 January 2020 with over 80 participants from the project consortium. The European Commission (DG Research and Innovation) and the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) also participated in the project launch event to provide guidance to the flagship project and lay out the expectations from the funding agency.
More on the project: http://www.solutionsplus.eu