Smart Cities and Mobility

The REC continues to support the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Secretariat. The September event, which is now part of an all-year campaign thanks to the MOBILITYACTIONS side programme, benefits from the REC’s contribution as the liaison for over 40 national European coordinators.

As an advocate of innovation, the REC completed a project involving 20 countries to raise awareness of the educational programmes and funding opportunities offered to entrepreneurs by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s Knowledge and Innovation Community, KIC InnoEnergy. The REC also published two books: Tomorrow's Technology Today (a catalogue of around 40 KIC InnoEnergy–funded technology innovations) and Money! Money! Money! (a directory and online database of 100 energy technology investors targeting the new EU member states); as well as two surveys: “Smart Specialization Strategies in New Member States” and “Challenges to and Recommendations for Innovators’ Engagement in Energy Technology Research and Development in New EU Member States”.

Putting innovation into practice, the topic area developed a smart transport monitoring tool and an IT-based ride-sharing platform for car poolers at: tmt.rec.org/carpool.php, and also introduced bike-to-work actions, including a bike maintenance hub. These measures were implemented in the context of a staff mobility plan aimed at monitoring commuting patterns and encouraging the more sustainable travel of its staff to/from the office. The goal was to “walk the talk” and get an early start on implementing the REC’s 2016–2020 Strategy. The platform publishes the REC’s savings in HUF/litre and CO2, emissions of CO2, and calories burned: tmt.rec.org/reports.php. Thanks to CIVITAS Initiative funding, a feasibility study for a bike-share scheme in Szentendre was completed, indicating that 67 percent of residents would welcome the scheme.

Within the SmartMove project, which promotes public transport use in rural areas, the REC contributes to a Europe-wide campaign, hosting an information-rich project website in six languages and producing brochures, YouTube videos, document templates and posters. Another “smart-city” project, GrowSmarter, kicked off during the year, with the REC supporting the introduction and promotion of 12 smart solutions corresponding to three different aspects of sustainability. The team is also part of the Smart Cities and Communities Information System (SCIS), monitoring and analysing related demonstration projects co-financed by the EU.

Staying #smart, but with an accent on big data, the OPTIMUM project was launched with a view to unveiling state-of-the-art information technology solutions to improve transit, freight transportation and traffic connectivity throughout Europe. The REC supports OPTIMUM’s communications work.

The topic area also contributed to the following initiatives:

- SEiSMiC, through which the REC builds stakeholder networks and encourages citizen engagement to help tackle Europe's biggest urban problems.

- The Romanian Climate Forum, a multi-stakeholder platform addressing transport, a key contributor to climate change, through one of three working groups.

- Promoting schoolchildren’s sustainable mobility through the expansion to Hungary of the Traffic Snake Game network.

- The authoring of 12 success stories on sustainable urban transport for the European Environment Agency.

- A survey among leading mobility practitioners in Hungary of the implementation of sustainable urban mobility plans (SUMPs) in Hungary, including challenges such as funding and decision-making structures.

Smart Cities and Mobility
WAY TO GO!
Cycling commuters at the REC give each other a helping hand to put the topic area’s sustainable mobility messages into practice.