24th May 2016
‘Initiative and Action’ for Smart E-mobility
Urban Foresight delivered a workshop today on smart electromobility at the European Innovation Platform’s Smart Cities and Communities (EIP SCC) General Assembly.
Held in Eindhoven, Netherlands, the workshop was part of the Ev4SCC platform, a flagship initiative of EIP SCC’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Action Cluster (AC SUM) which is coordinated by Urban Foresight.
The smart e-mobility session was moderated by Urban Foresight’s Karine Sbirrazzuoli, who welcomed delegates to four parallel thematic discussions addressing: E-buses, E-freight, E-Mobility Planning & EV Smart Charging, and E-Fleets. Each thematic discussion was designed to create initiatives and action plans to progress the smart city agenda and form foundations for stakeholder engagement and cross city discussion to enable a proactive undertaking of the proposed initiatives.
Following this, a breakout session on finance opportunities saw presentations and insight from the European Investment Bank and the new ERA-NET Electromobility+
Urban Foresight also attended a high-level meeting of the AC SUM to expand learning on EV4SCC and allow cluster representatives to pitch scalable projects that are currently seeking or planning to seek support from different funding and financing instruments at EU level. These include: Horizon 2020, Connecting Europe Facility, EFSI and EIB ELENA.
Among attendees were Commissioner Violeta Bulc, Maros Šefčovič – Commission Vice-Presdient, Markku Markkula – Presdient of the Committee of the Regions, Catherine Trautman – Trans-European Transport Network coordinator and Magda Kopczynska – Director of DG MOVE. Joining them in discussion were representatives from European city regions, business and financial institutions.
The meeting follows the launch of the EV4SCC platform in January, which brings together cities and regions with start-ups, SMEs, research organisations, large companies and NGOs to create a marketplace for smart electromobility solutions.