Smart Solutions supporting Low Emission Zones and other low-carbon mobility policies in EU cities

The EC white paper for Transport, adopted in 2011, underlines that Urban Areas are responsible for about a quarter of CO2 emissions from transport, and 69% of road accidents occur in cities.

Europe has clear and challenging goals to ensure sustainability of transport in urban areas:

  • halve the use of ‘conventionally-fuelled’ cars in urban transport by 2030
  • phase them out in cities by 2050
  • achieve essentially CO2-free city logistics in major urban centers by 2030

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The majority of European cities have grown around an identifiable centre, where commerce, entertainment, shopping and political power are concentrated.

Various instruments can be used to tackle this phenomena, such as access restriction policies, the location and pricing of parking, improvement of public transport services.

Nevertheless, each of these approaches has proved to present pros and cons that need to be 

carefully evaluated to identify the most effective mix of solutions for each functional urban area (FUA).

SOLEZ brings together 8 cities which are working on low carbon mobility solutions at different extents, so to enhance their strategies and develop smart services and products around the concept of low emission zones (LEZ) in functional urban areas.


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