Wednesday 18 | Thursday 19 | Monday 23 | Tuesday 24 | Wednesday 25 | Final
The clean bus deployment: European commission commitment is declared signed
Kortrijk, Wednesday 25 October- The Research & Innovation Day of the UITP-Busworld International Bus Conference
The European Commission’s “Declaration of intent on promoting large-scale deployment of clean, alternatively fuelled buses in Europe” was launched to show commitment to make the transition to clean, alternatively fuelled happen.
The declaration was presented by the European Commission; the European Investment Bank gave the financial framework and UITP expressed the vision of its members. Many signatories were in attendance, including Alstom, Busworld Foundation, Chariot Motors, CTM S.p.a., Daimler Buses, Engie Ineo, Government of Catalonia, Irizar, Malta Public Transport, Microvast, RATP, Scania, Skoda Electric, Solaris, VDL, Volvo Bus. Operators and authorities of signatory cities and regions were also present, including STIB (Brussels), Hamburger Hochbahn (Hamburg), TfL (London), ATM (Milan), Ruter (Oslo) as well as EMT Madrid (Madrid region).
The decision to sign the declaration was taken in UITP’s European Union Committee - which assembles public transport operators and authorities from the EU Member States.
UITP and its members believe that alternatively fuelled and electric buses are the future and therefore support the evolution of the market.
The morning session of Day 3 of the conference began with a speech from Claire Depré, European Commission, DG MOVE, who presented the declaration and spoke about public transport and the challenges ahead.
“We have a wonderful task ahead of us, we are lucky to be part of the storyline of public transport.” Ms Depré said.
Although challenges lie ahead, the importance must be placed on working in partnership – nothing will happen on its own – Ms Depré suggested.
The declaration intends for all involved to work in partnership and to be ‘part of the story’.
The European Commission hopes that the continent can become the leader in decarbonisation – but this cannot happen alone. Ms Depré also discussed national policy framework from member states and moving towards low and zero emission mobility.
“We have started with ‘real life’, not legislation” Ms Depré stated.
The declaration is signed independently by each partner.
To read the original press on the UITP decision please click here.
Towards clean bus systems
The UITP-Busworld International Bus Conference (23-25 October in Kortrijk, Belgium) culminated with Research & Innovation Day: ZeEUS and other Bus Projects. The event gathered more than 200 stakeholders from EU institutions; industry, academia and other professionals from the transport sector.
The morning session began with a speech from Claire Depré, Head of Unit "Sustainable and Intelligent Transport", DG MOVE at European Commission, who presented the declaration and spoke about public transport and the challenges ahead. “We have a wonderful task ahead of us, we are lucky to be part of the storyline of public transport”, Ms Depré said. Although challenges lie ahead, the importance must be placed on working in partnership – nothing will happen on its own – Ms Depré suggested. The session also contained a special moment on stage - gathering the Clean Bus Declaration signatories.
Umberto Guida, Director of Research and Innovation at UITP, focused on presenting the UITP strategy on bus research. «UITP identifies innovations that will impact public transport sector in short and long term, which is followed by building knowledge in the projects. Materials produced support the decision-making process to choose and deploy innovation». The ultimate objective is to shift towards a clean bus system, which, in combination with soft modes (cycling, walking) as well as with shared modes, will create a multiplier effect on quality of life and the liveability of cities – Mr Guida underlined.
One example of the materials can be a ZeEUS eBus Report #2, officially launched on 24 October. The second edition of this publication provides an updated overview of electric buses in Europe by featuring 90 cities, 32 manufacturers and 8 electric system suppliers.
During the roundtables, the ZeEUS partners shared their experience from the project - looking also into the future evolution of electric bus sector. Also other EU-funded bus projects in which UITP is involved - ASSURED, EBSF_2, ELIPTIC and JIVE - presented their activities and ways to improving European bus fleets.
All projects contribute to supporting decision makers in choosing the right solution for their operational scenario and implementing a suitable strategy to reduce urban transport emissions.
Presentations used during the event are available here