The road to Paris: Advancing climate action with sustainable urban transport
URBAN Intergroup jointly with the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Central and Eastern Europe organised a seminar “The road to Paris: Advancing climate action with sustainable urban transport” that took place on October 20th in the morning at the European Parliament in Brussels.
This seminar, organised one month before the COP 21 UN climate talks in Paris, underlined the role of public transport in the fight against climate change. After the keynote speech about the preparations to the COP 21 from the perspective of the French government, Gilles Pargneaux, MEP and member of the URBAN Intergroup, presented European Parliament’s position for Paris conference. As the rapporteur of the EP’s resolution, which constitutes the mandate for Parliament’s delegation to COP 21, he showed two main actions to be taken in the field of transport to address climate change in cities. Firstly, he strongly encourages to promote development of the sustainable urban transport by promoting railways, trams, electrified buses, electric cars and bikes. The role of local public transport authorities and transport operators is crucial in introducing low-carbon fleets and technologies. Secondly, he pledges for the support of urban transport in developing countries.
Moreover, representative of the European Commission’s DG for Mobility and Transport presented some elements of the 2013 Urban Mobility Package, as well as possibilities of available funding for urban transport. Examples of technological solutions invented by Alstom and investments of bus transport operator in Warsaw illustrated active engagement of different actors in the transport system in reducing CO2 emissions in urban areas. In conclusion of the seminar, UITP presented its declaration on climate leadership and members’ commitments in the fight against climate change.
Launching event- Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda
The URBAN Intergroup co-hosted a conference “Transition towards sustainable and liveable urban futures” which took place on Tuesday September 29th at the European Parliament in Brussels. During the event Joint Programming Initiative URBAN Europe launched Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.
Lambert van Nistelrooij, Vice-President of the URBAN Intergroup, in his conclusions underlined that the event was a “very important initiative” especially in the context of the ongoing works on the EU Urban Agenda. He invited JPI Urban Europe to organise in the future at the European Parliament another meeting to show concrete effects of the implementation of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.
This event was co-organised with JPI Urban Europe (Member State-led initiative set up in 2010 to strengthen European research and innovation in the field of urban development), STOA (European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment unit) and DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission.
Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) has been developed by JPI Urban Europe “with the ambition to set a scene for and ensure its contribution to a new urban research and innovation paradigm. The SRIA tackles the complexity of urbanisation by bridging the innovation space from strategic research to implementation. It promotes new ways to facilitate urban transition towards sustainable, resilient and liveable urban areas.” JPI Urban Europe