The Region Parkstad Limburg aims to integrate mobility measures from its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) in its regional energy plan (PALET).
PALET is a general and ambitious Energy plan for the whole Parkstad Limburg Region. The process started in 2015 with the definition of the Regional ambition to become energy neutral by 2040; then, each Municipality defined its own ambitions and targets (2016) and finally in 2017 PALET 3.0 an integrated action plan was defined for the whole Region and for each of the 8 Municipalities. This 2017 plan includes targets to reduce energy use for mobility by integrating SUMP and PALET.
The whole process of measures definition was developed by several meetings and involved politicians, public servants and third parties citizens through a broad participating process. The Region coordinated this process advised with analysis and calculations by external advisors.
Nowadays the process is under the phase of action definition and in some cases of action implementation. A few measures dealing with mobility management and electro-mobility actions have been implemented.
The integration among the different plans is an essential driver for the municipalities to implement sustainable measures provided by the regional SUMP and to be taken up in the action plan.
Next to the benefits of PALET on energy savings in mobility there are other effects in general and on mobility: less pollution, significant reduction of congestion, less CO2 emissions, economy savings for Region and citizens and reduced dependency from external energy producers
Staff costs for broad participating process involving stakeholders and municipalities.
Evidence of success
The integration between the energy strategy (represented by PALET) and the mobility plan (SUMP) already represents an important result. Through this integration two Municipalities have already defined specific targets on energy saving by specific mobility measures. To implement this process, the two Municipalities have already defined a specific budget in the framework of PALET.
Diffculties were the coordination of different bodies or authorities to be involved in the whole process. The coordination at the regional level helped to stimulate the process.
Potential for learning or transfer
To transfer this practice, it is important that specific and interdisciplinary human resources interact and work together.
A key aspect in this measure is the cooperation between the Region of Parkstad Limburg and the eight Municipalities. The political willingness is also a necessary element for the successful completion of the plans.