Green Transport

The CIVITAS Initiative

The REC organised a side event to the 2013 European Sustainable Cities and Towns conference, where it showcased best practices from CIVITAS cities in respect to less-car-dependent lifestyles (car pooling/sharing, public bicycles and bicycle sharing) and mobility management (mobility planning, marketing and communication, multi-stakeholder consultations and public participation).

Awareness raising

The TA contributed to Eltis (, the EC’s leading portal for transport news, policies and practices from European cities. Besides writing online content on energy-efficient urban mobility in CEE and organising training workshops on sustainable urban mobility plans, the REC contributes annually to the national implementation of European Mobility Week in September.

As part of the Smart Cities and Communities Stakeholder Platform, the REC co-hosted the secretariat; supported working groups to identify innovations in the fields of mobility, energy efficiency in buildings and energy supply; and hosted and organised the highly successful Smart Cities and Communities Stakeholder Platform Annual Conference in Budapest.

The REC promoted bike-friendly mobility planning in small and medium-sized cities in CEE through Mobile 2020, representing six partner countries and working closely with national stakeholders and local authorities.

The REC also promoted car sharing to Hungarian stakeholders as a sustainable mode of individual transport and participated in a study tour in Bremen.

As an advocate of innovation, the REC began a 21-month contract to support the EU’s newest international institution, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The REC will work in 20 countries to raise awareness of the educational programmes and funding opportunities offered by the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Community on Sustainable Energy (KIC InnoEnergy) to entrepreneurs in the field of sustainable energy technology.

Sharing expertise

The TA also contributed to:

  • URBAN-NEXUS, a coordination and support action funded by the EU under the 7th Framework Programme (in partnership with the European Urban Knowledge Network); and
  • the EC’s Energy Research Knowledge Centre (in partnership with Gopa-Cartermill).
TAKING THE INITIATIVE: REC cyclists presented a bike-friendly mobility plan at Szentendre City Hall

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