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The Frisian Regional Stakeholders met on 28 October 2020, Online.
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CISMOB´s Pilot Action Update
Type: Project
27/06/2018 - 28/06/2018
This is the first of a series of staff exchanges for project partners in Green Screen.
Type: Project
Project summary The INTENSIFY project innovatively addresses a key challenge for European cities and regions: how to energise citizens and communities to achieve more carbon reduction.   The need is both great and urgent. The EU, and thus regions and municipalities, are committed by international treaty to achieve ambitious carbon reduction targets. But public authorities cannot do this alone. First, they directly control only a small % of the emissions; so they must find ways to energise others. Second, the targets are so ambitious that they require significant behaviour change that cannot be imposed on people. Third, the will of the people determines the courage of policy-makers; so a change of attitude (“who owns the problem?”) is essential. Finally, concerted collective action may create the opportunity for innovative financing, thus creating a virtuous circle by incentivising citizens and communities to do more. Efforts must be intensified.   The project’s objective is to reduce carbon emissions from all sectors, by empowering and energising local communities. We will improve regional policies by: * analysing partners’ plans through four Thematic Events , * identifying good practices that will improve these plans, studying them through Study Visits, importing them via special workshops and Regional Action Plans. * developing social platforms and other community-engagement mechanisms, using these to reduce carbon emissions in all sectors, and to attract private investment * building the capacity of all relevant public authorities including ERDF Managing Authorities The project’s main outputs will be focused on new methods of community engagement through: * New projects that use local stakeholder platforms to improve local policies and incentivise communal behaviour on carbon reduction issues * Improved governance by delivering policies that have citizen support for more carbon reduction and empower local communities to take action €2,076,460.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2023 Topic Low-carbon economy What will INTENSIFY change The Intensify project seeks to change community and individual behaviour so as to bring about an increase in the intensity of effort by citizens to reduce carbon emissions. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ROP Lisboa 2020, Thematic Objective 4: “Supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy in all sectors.”  MAIN FEATURES The specific IP identified by the policy instrument are 4b " Promoting energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in business”, 4c “Support for energy efficiency, intelligent energy management and the use of renewable energy in public infrastructures, in public buildings and in the housing sector” and 4e ”Promotion of low carbon strategies for all types of territories, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and adaptation measures”. It addresses a broad scope of sectors, public and private, relevant for climate change actions (energy efficiency and renewable solutions). WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED The IP targets the main economic sectors relevant for the policies addressed. It does not provide tools or objectives for synergies between the different sectors. Cooperation amongst sectors towards a common local and national mitigation goal is also not sufficiently addressed. In Almada, it has been identified that roughly 95% of the effort needed to reach the goals for the overall municipality (20% reduction on GHG emissions in 2020 and 80% in 2050) are upon sectors not directly under the management of the city council. The cooperation between the sectors and stakeholders can be especially relevant for overcoming market barriers; the Paris City Hall Declaration, which Almada endorsed, implies not only a reduction of 80% on GHG emissions but also that cities commit to engaging the private sector and civil in low-emission projects. Which partners are working on this? Local Energy Management Agency of Almada, AGENEAL, Southern & Eastern Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020. Thematic Objective 4 "Low Carbon Economy" MAIN FEATURES The Southern & Eastern Regional Operational programme sets out a development strategy and a corresponding set of (ERDF co-funded) investment priorities for the Southern region of Ireland.  TO is N 4 – Low Carbon Economy Specific Objective (C) is to support energy efficiency, smart energy management & renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings & the housing sector. In particular, it addresses the sub objective 4c “Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings and in the housing sector REASONS TO BE IMPROVED No mention is made of harnessing the power of community involvement in this objective. According to the Environmental Protection Agency Ireland will not meet its 2020 emissions targets under current policy measures. There is no one simple solution to cutting our carbon emissions, a raft of targeted measures and a holistic approach is what is required. The importance of the awareness, education, empowerment & involvement of local communities from the bottom up is essential if we are to successfully move towards a low carbon economy. In Cork we want to empower our citizens through knowledge sharing & developing mechanisms which promote co-action, co creation & co delivery. We want to narrow the power-distance relationship in decision making & delivery. INTENSIFY will support this work, evaluating citizen engagement mechanisms.  Which partners are working on this? Cork City Council Basque Country ERDF Regional Operational programme 2014-2020. MAIN FEATURES The policy instrument identified refers to the TO 4: “Support the transition to a low carbon economy in all sectors”. Three investment priorities were selected for the development of the TO 4, namely those aimed at promoting renewable energies, energy efficiency and carbon reduction strategies • With regard to energy efficiency, the ROP intends to improve the existing housing stock and public buildings and infrastructures, starting with rehabilitation and renovation of housing programs, which will turn in direct and indirect employment. • In the case of carbon reduction strategies, the development of actions are lined to sustainable urban mobility as a continuation of the previous programming periods. WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED The ROP will cover up to year 2020 and on evaluating the accomplished targets and the pending ones. 2015´s Basque Country's Climate Change Strategy (“Klima 2050”) sets its first period of execution for 2015-2020 “at which time (2020) an evaluation of the degree of progress of the actions contemplated and of the objectives envisaged, as well as the implementation of the actions will be performed”. Both the Basque Country’s ROP and the Klima 2050 need to be critically evaluated and the foreseen actions to be redefined. Because of this, the work performed within INTENSIFY will be crucial to assure the maximum success (and regional stakeholders engagement) of the next decade’s actions. Which partners are working on this? Environmental Studies Centre Milton Keynes Low Carbon Action Plan 2012 Main features The Low Carbon Action Plan (LCAP) for Milton Keynes Council (MKC) covers up to 2020. This was politically adopted by the Cabinet Member for Communities in 2012. It focuses on how the Council can help the Milton Keynes (MK) community reduce GHG emissions locally by: • Integrating sustainability and GHG reduction into the Council’s strategic aims • Reducing MKC’s carbon footprint • Engage the public (businesses and individuals) to the benefits of low carbon lifestyle • Supporting the MK Low carbon supply chain using social marketing skills • Enabling residents in MK to achieve affordable warmth via energy efficiency • MK’s target is to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020, from a 2005 baseline.  Why should it be improved: The council has widened the scope of its carbon reduction, producing a replacement document for the 2011 strategy entitled ‘Imagine MK2050’, formally adopted in 2014. The updated document goes much further in scope than the earlier one. The core of Imagine MK2050, is to make MK a fossil free city by 2050, which goes much further than the scope of the 2012 LCAP. The improvements in the LCAP proposed covers the following key areas: Motivation and Segmentation – There is experience in MK of community heating schemes, which the council will seek to support and expand by reference to digital social platforms which are in currently the process of development. capeproject.co.uk Enhancement of the Covenant of Mayors process.   Which partners are working on this? Milton Keynes Council OP ERDF Veneto Region 2014/2020 TO4 “Energy Sustainability and Environmental Quality”. MAINS FEATURES This policy instrument Thematic Objective is n.4: “supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy in all sectors”, including lowering energy consumption in public buildings by at least 10%. Its Investment Priority is C: “supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management & the use of renewable energy in public infrastructures, including public buildings”.Such measures include: public buildings refurbishment, installation of smart systems for managing, monitoring & optimizing consumption also through a mixture of technologies. WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED This policy instrument only considers technical measures,which alone do not exploit all the potential to save energy in public buildings.It should be improved by integrating such measures with behavioural (energy consumption or Demand Side Management) and financial (Energy Performance Contracts integrated with behavioural component) measures. This entails engaging public building owners, managers & users in a virtuous process aimed to optimize the use of their buildings & reinvest the savings thus achieved to improve their energy performance. The integration of the technological, financial & behavioural components would be enhanced by the Platform developed by INTENSIFY. The relevant stakeholders (i.e. school building users & SECAPs community) would refer to a tool that would be a repository of significant information & experiences developed in energy efficiency by the Province & other relevant subjects. Which partners are working on this? Province of Treviso ERDF Operational Program of Saxony-Anhalt 2014-2020. TO4: Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors MAINS FEATURES  Within the ERDF Operational Program of Saxony-Anhalt 2014-2020, TO 4: “Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors” the Investment Priority 4e) promote low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular urban areas, including promotion of sustainable multi-modal urban mobility & measures relevant for adaptation & mitigation of climate change. In relation to the investment priority 4e, the project will address specific objective 9. Specific objective 9 supports the adaptation of urban structures to the requirements of energy saving & climate protection. WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED The comparatively high CO2 emissions per capita in Saxony-Anhalt (2009: 11.4 tons / inhabitant, Germany 9.0 tons / inhabitant) indicate a special need for action. Therefore, it is the goal to support cities in the sustainable conversion to a climate-friendly, energy- and resource-friendly city based on integrated urban development concepts. Many cities in Saxony-Anhalt already have developed integrated urban development concepts with specific focus on energy & climate (local energy action plan). Several of these planning processes are built on citizens’ & local stakeholders’ participation. Apart from the planning process, implementing integrated urban development concepts needs full participation as well.They need to find ways to incentivize/ motivate/ involve financial engagement of stakeholders & citizens to successfully implement their plans.  Which partners are working on this? EnergieavantgardeAnhalt e.V. CANCELLED Energy Concept of the City of Trnava MAIN FEATURES The Energy Concept was created in 2006, updated in 2014 to adopt the EU legislation towards renewable resources. It contains the following sections: - Territory analysis - administrative system, demography, climate - Analysis of existing Heating resources - Heat consumption analysis - Availability of fuels and energies - Analysis of current situation in heat production and its impact on environment – inputs and outputs, direct and indirect impacts on environment, impact on health of population, emmissions generated by heat production - Evaluation of usability of Renewable Energy Resouces – biomass, solar energy, geothermal energy - Expected development of the territory and potential of energy savings WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED The existing concepts and documents touch only territories and objects under the jurisdiction of the city, at least with respect to the energy topics. They contain the following points: - Proposal of new thermal equipment and future heat supply for Trnava - Options for technical solutions of the thermal systems – development strategy, district heating system, heat sources, efficiency of primary energy usage, potential of renewable resources, combined production of heat and electricity - Requirements for options for technical solution of development of thermal systems – energy balance od new status, expected investments of proposed options, operational costs - Conclusions and recommendations for thermal energy concept of Trnava  Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Trnava Sustainable Energy Action Plan of the city of Zadar (SEAP) MAINS FEATURES The SEAP was adopted by the City Council of the City of Zadar on 13 March 2014. Its goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 21% by 2020 in the area covered by the city of Zadar. Measures in reducing CO2 emissions are divided into three sectors: * Building sector * Sector of Public lighting * Traffic sector In the building sector it is possible to reduce CO2 emissions by 22.28%, in the sector of public lighting by 0.78% and in the traffic sector by 6.45%   REASON(S) WHY IT SHOULD BE IMPROVED Since the building sector consumes the most energy and emits the highest CO2 emissions, it is the same priority in the implementation of measures. The construction sector includes energy recovery in the jurisdiction of Zadar, multi-storey buildings and family houses and buildings of the commercial and service sector. Also, the transport sector is of great importance in reducing CO2 emissions, as it is the growing problem for the number of tourists, and should therefore be improved. Since the creation of the SEAP there has been a significant increase in the number of tourists, and Port Gaženica has been built, which accepts the crousers, which is further burdened by traffic. The implementation of all SEAP measures can reduce CO2 emissions by 29.51%, which allows prioritization in their implementation.  Which partners are working on this? Zadar City Council Local energy concept for Municipality of Radlje ob Dravi, field 5: Informed and active citizens (community) Municipality of Radlje ob Dravi is midsize municipality (small town, 6100 inhabitants) and its Municipal Council adopted Local energy concept in 2012 and updated it in 2018. Its main aim is to reduce CO2 emissions through energy efficiency, more renewable energy sources and sustainable transport. It has 5 working fields: 1. Sustainable governance 2. Energy efficiency and use of renewable energies in buildings 3. Sustainable solutions in transport 4. Modern public lighting 5. Informed and active citizens (community) Field 5 has 2 main activities: Informative, educative and advisory services for citizens and Motivation and engagement of the citizens to work towards sustainable energy issues. The thematic objective 5 has to be improved to define the methods and tools of active engagement of different target groups of citizens in planning and implementing the actions. It has to be newly developed into the participative and engagement approach with the activities for citizens to be the active stakeholders in planning and implementing all CO2 reduction related activities. The solutions have to include also modern ICT technologies and instruments as well as some basic face to face measures for citizen to challenge the engagement.   Which partners are working on this? Energy agency of Podravje – institution for sustainable energy use Sign up for the INTENSIFY newsletter Subscribe now (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); INTENSIFY Tweets by INTENSIFY Latest News See all project news 24/11/2021 Mobility a priority in Zukunftsreise Dessau-Roßlau The city of Dessau-Roßlau along with Energieavantgarde Anhalt have developed the Zukunftsreise Project to highlight the impact of Co2 emissions on the community Type: Project 10/11/2021 Milton Keynes Low Carbon Conference Milton Keynes Council held their Low Carbon Conference detailing all the local projects in achieving carbon reduction. Type: Project 03/11/2021 STEMP toolkit presentation now online The presentation of the tool kit at the European Week of Regions and Cities 2021 can now be viewed on line. Type: Project 30/06/2021 Vitoria-Gasteiz as a Successful Lighthouse City Vitoria-Gasteiz is a successful Lighthouse city in the EU Horizon 2020 SmartEnCity project to create Smart Zero Carbon Cities. Type: Project 23/06/2021 ECCO Project One Stop Shop Platform The ECCO project aims to accelerate the growth of local Energy Community Co-operatives both in effectiveness and in numbers by bringing them together. Type: Project 16/06/2021 Climate Hackathon to Create Green Entrepreneurs The NatWest’s inaugural Climate Hackathon was a two-day interactive event encouraging students to develop ideas for green and sustainable business practices. Type: Project 09/06/2021 Enabling Schools to Switch to Low-Carbon Energy The Heronshaw School in Milton Keynes makes the switch towards low-carbon energy upon learning of government funding available for them to use. Type: Project 27/05/2021 NCE Engages with Sustainable Energy Communities The NCE SEC engages with communities seeking to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by offering professional Type: Project 20/05/2021 Engaging Schools on Light Pollution Energap raises awareness and engages with children in primary and secondary schools on the topic of light pollution as part of an EU project. Type: Project 13/05/2021 Milton Keynes’ Sustainable Travel Grants Milton Keynes Council offers MK businesses sustainable travel grants of up to £1,000 each to boost the use of green and sustainable travel in the workplace. Type: Project
Action plans 31/03/2020 The PERFECT partner action plans for Phase 2. Type: Project Expert papers 22/08/2018 More in-depth resources for decision-makers to show the multiple benefits of GI Type: Project Special edition of TCPA... 05/03/2020 Partners gave an update in a special edition of Town & Country Planning. Type: Project Press releases 17/12/2018 Press releases from the PERFECT project Type: Project Project brochure 17/07/2017 This gives an overview of the project, outlining the aims and objectives and how... Type: Project Practical guides 05/01/2018 A TCPA good practice guide on how the planning system can be used to protect,... Type: Project Learning reports 21/04/2017 Detailed write-ups of workshops and study tours undertaken through the course of... Type: Project Guidance documents 03/03/2017 TCPA has produced guidance documents to ensure a coherent approach to the... Type: Project Presentations 19/12/2017 The slides from presentations given throughout the project. Type: Project Factsheets 15/05/2018 Resources for decision-makers to highlight the multiple benefits of GI Type: Project Planning systems and... 07/06/2018 Planning systems and investment strategies of each partner country Type: Project External resources 30/07/2018 External resources that support the work of the PERFECT project Type: Project See all Library Items Action plans Copy Link PP2 Cornwall action plan PP2 Cornwall action plan for Phase 2 (2020-21). PDF (866.13KB) Download PP3 SASD action plan PP3 SASD action plan for Phase 2 (2020-21). PDF (796.64KB) Download PP4 STMK action plan PP4 STMK action plan for Phase 2 (2020-21). PDF (196.47KB) Download PP5 Amsterdam action plan PP5 Amsterdam action plan for Phase 2 (2020-21). PDF (2.13MB) Download PP6 Ljubljana action plan PP6 Ljubljana action plan for Phase 2 (2020-21). PDF (738.51KB) Download PP7 Bratislava action plan PP7 Bratislava action plan for Phase 2 (2020-21). 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Reports on the design and testing of a hybridised GI policy tool which assesses the multifunctionality and strength of GI policy wording PDF (1.65MB) Download Investment finance for green infrastructure Intended for all involved in decisions about how to finance green infrastructure strategically. PDF (865.84KB) Download Special edition of TCPA journal Copy Link Town & Country Planning, December 2019 Partners gave an update on their project activities and successes. PDF (2.14MB) Download Press releases Copy Link Press release, December 2018 Protect Europe’s coasts and urban areas with green infrastructure, claims international group PDF (133.13KB) Download Project brochure Copy Link PERFECT project brochure This gives an overview of the project, outlining the aims and objectives and how they will be achieved. PDF (551.55KB) Download Practical guides Copy Link Planning for green and prosperous places This is part of our series of 'Practical Guides' to creating new garden cities, towns and villages. PDF (6.05MB) Download Rethinking Green Infrastructure Handbook on participatory planning for decision makers and technicians, includes case studies, participation tools and stakeholder involvement processes. PDF (8.48MB) Download Guide for Municipalities (Slovakian) Táto príručka pre obce je o zelenej infraštruktúre so zameraním na výzvy zmeny klímy a stratu biologickej PDF (1.76MB) Download Green Infrastructure: Guide for Municipalities This Guide for Municipalities is about green infrastructure, focusing on the challenges of climate change and loss of biodiversiy. PDF (2.05MB) Download Learning reports Copy Link Study Tour 3 write-up Details of the PERFECT partners visit to Freiburg, Germany. PDF (2.30MB) Download Study Tour 1 write-up Details about the PERFECT partners visit to Bicester, Oxfordshire. PDF (752.85KB) Download Study Tour 2 write-up Details of the PERFECT partners visit to Rainham Marshes and Dagenham Washlands, London. PDF (1.44MB) Download Workshop 1 write-up Partners discussed ways in which a GI strategy might help mitigate against flooding in Sheffield, UK. PDF (1.34MB) Download Write-up of PSC2 study tours in Ljubljana Details of the PERFECT partner visits to Šmartinski Park and the River Sava PDF (1.23MB) Download Notes on Cornwall Council training event A write up of a training event held for Councillors in Cornwall in 9 November 2017, which focused on green infrastructure opportunities. PDF (312.01KB) Download Notes on peer group working in Cornwall Notes on the peer group meeting on 10 November 2017 between Cornwall Council, Provincial Government of Styria and City of Amsterdam PDF (497.76KB) Download Notes on peer-to-peer meeting, Amsterdam, May 2018 A write-up of the peer-to-peer meeting between Cornwall Council, the City of Amsterdam and Provincial Government of Styria PDF (5.88MB) Download Amsterdam and GLA work-shadowing Learning report on Amsterdam and GLA work-shadowing PDF (709.39KB) Download Guidance documents Copy Link MAGIC matrix guidance Guidance produced by the Lead Partner, TCPA, to help partners identify good practices. PDF (544.28KB) Download Guidance on baseline surveys Guidance on the baseline surveys that PERFECT partners are undertaking to assess the current state of their green infrastructure. PDF (350.19KB) Download Guidance on literature review Guidance on the literature review that PERFECT partners are conducting on their policy instrument and other strategies related to green infrastructure. PDF (432.94KB) Download Guidance on working with stakeholders Guidance written for the PERFECT partners on engaging with stakeholders PDF (257.39KB) Download Action Plan guidance Guidance for partners from the Lead Partner TCPA on drafting their Action Plans. PDF (1.09MB) Download Presentations Copy Link Dirk van Piejpe expert presentation, June 2019 Dirk van Piejpe from De Urbanisten gave a presentation on designing blue and green infrastructure at the PERFECT PSC5 meeting, June 2019 PDF (9.37MB) Download Making a(nother) case for green infrastructure The PowerPoint slides from Ece Ozdemiroglu's expert presentation given at PERFECT PSC2 PDF (3.16MB) Download Julia Thrift PPT, Cornwall training, Nov 17 Julia Thrift's (TCPA) PPT from Cornwall training, Nov 17 PDF (1.88MB) Download Phil Mason PPT, Cornwall training, Nov 17 Phil Mason PPT (Cornwall Council), Cornwall training, Nov 17 PDF (1.18MB) Download Henry Smith PPT, Cornwall training, Nov 17 Henry Smith PPT (TCPA), Cornwall training, Nov 17 PDF (909.91KB) Download Egerton/James PPT, Cornwall training, Nov 17 Cllr Bob Egerton and Cllr Sue James PPT (Cornwall Council), Cornwall training, Nov 17 PDF (2.78MB) Download Schwaberger PPT, Cornwall training, Nov 17 Christine Schwaberger (spatial planning department, Provincial Government of Styria, Austria) PPT, Cornwall training, Nov 17 PDF (1.90MB) Download Tools for Planning and Evaluating Urban GI Presentation by Oxford University from PERFECT study tour to Bicester, Feb 2017. 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PDF (826.08KB) Download Factsheet: green roofs A resource for decision-makers to highlight the benefits and opportunities of green roofs PDF (1.00MB) Download Factsheet: green infrastructure glossary A resource for decision-makers that defines key green infrastructure terms and sets out brief summaries of GI actions and interventions PDF (348.71KB) Download Planning systems and investment strategies Copy Link Netherlands planning diagram Netherlands planning diagram PDF (181.17KB) Download Slovakia planning diagram Slovakia planning diagram PDF (295.75KB) Download England planning diagram England planning diagram PDF (221.38KB) Download Italy planning diagram Italy planning diagram PDF (77.36KB) Download Slovenia planning diagram Slovenia planning diagram PDF (325.38KB) Download Hungary planning diagram Hungary planning diagram PDF (150.54KB) Download Austria planning diagram Austria planning diagram PDF (619.57KB) Download External resources Copy Link Paper on air quality by Vos et al. (2012) Paper exploring effectiveness of vegetation in mitigating urban air quality problems. PDF (2.46MB) Download LATEST NEWS Find out about the latest news from the PERFECT project Click here
Project summary What is DESTI-SMART? DESTI-SMART is a project addressing challenges for efficient sustainable tourism and at the same time promotion of low-carbon ecconomy through sustainable mobility and accessibility. Public regional/local and transport authorities increasingly face such challenges, particularly at busy destinations with high tourism travel flows. The 9 project partners, representing mass tourism destinations in South Europe, emerging tourism destinations, coastal, maritime and insular ones, form an interregional working sceme promoting interregional cooperation for sustainable mobility, accessibility and low-carbon responsible travel, through capitalisation of best practices, improvement of regional/local policy instruments and preparation of action plans towards their emergence and recognition as 'Smart Destinations'. The partnership includes an advisory partner with specialisation in tourism mobility. The project is managed and coordinated by a Management and Coordination Unit of exeternal experts with substantial experience in management, sustainable tourism and transport planning. Overall objective of DESTI-SMART is to improve the transport and tourism policies of EU destinations, by integrating strategies for sustainable mobility, accessibility and responsible travel with efficient & sustainable tourism development, for transition to a low-carbon economy, through efficiency, resilience, multimodality, novel low-carbon transport systems, cycling & walking, with implementation innovations, policy learning and capacity building. Issue addressed Promoting Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility with low-carbon transport in tourism destinations is a theme that has not been given the emphasis that it deserves, particularly in busy destinations with high tourist flows at peak seasons. This is particularly the case in coastal, maritime and insular destinations of South Europe, where peak summer demand is greater and transport systems are often inadequate. Transport planning is usually geared to the normal travel demand of residents and businesses, with the special needs of tourists frequently overlooked, underestimated or given inadequate attention. Visitors, usually foreign, are not very familiar with the destination transport networks and language, but have to use the available facilities for their mobility. There is a large scope for shifting travel demand to low-carbon transport solutions in tourism, with significant quality of life, socioeconomic, environmental and climate action benefits. The increase in holiday travel, shortbreaks and day visits increases accessibility and mobility problems in destinations at different territorial levels (ie countries or regions, tourist districts or single resorts). There is a strong need for adequate policies at all levels. Instruments include passenger intermodality improvements, public transport, encouragement of environmentally friendly low-carbon tourism mobility, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) development and harmonization, Mobile Aplications, etc. Efficient transport policies have to consider the whole travel chain and be customer oriented, taking into account the needs of all tourists as well as residents.  In particular, the following pressing issues need to be addressed, through interregional cooperation with innovations towards a low-carbon economy in EU destinations:  A. Investments in and provision of low-carbon transport systems, with the needs of visitors explicitly taken into consideration, including internalisation and reduction of external costs of transport by mode shift to low-carbon  travel solutions and E-Mobility.  B. Interchange between long-distance travel and local transport services, including Intermodality facilities for visitors, multimodal connectivity improvements that would shift travel demand to low-carbon transport. C. Accessible tourism facilities for visitors with mobility difficulties (disabled, elderly, families with young children, etc). D. Cycling & Walking for Tourists, Cycling routes provision, Shared bikes, CycloTourism, integration of cycling in tourism mobility strategies, promoting ‘Greenways’. Europe 2020 growth strategy aims for the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. The project has clear and strong links, in terms of transport and tourism sustainability and it addresses four of the EU2020 objectives, on employment (policy instruments on Growth & Jobs), innovation (comprehensive novel tourism mobility solutions), social inclusion (through accessibility for all) and climate/energy (through low-carbon transport). Interreg Europe Priority Axis 3, Investment priority 4(e) promotes low-carbon strategies including sustainable multimodal mobility, with mitigation and adapatation measures. This covers all types of territories and tourism destinations must not be left out. €1,777,510.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 30 Nov 2022 Topic Low-carbon economy Smart Mobility towards Smart Destinations & Tourism Mission Statement “The DESTI-SMART Interreg Europe project partnership aims to introduce sustainable and smart mobility solutions, low-carbon transport systems, intermodality improvements, cycling and walking facilities for visitors, with related innovations, at tourist destinations. These constitute important additions to the 'Smart Destinations' concept and definition, particularly by sustainable and smart tourism mobility as a further criterion and category of the 'European Capital of Smart Tourism' awards. The above are resulting from relevant interregional cooperation, exchange of experience, capacity building, policy development and policy change in sustainable tourism mobility, towards Smart Destinations” Project Approach The project approach is to seek and facilitate increased interaction, cooperation, innovations and integration between the tourism and transport sectors at destination regions, around priority key themes that are expected to contribute towards the transition to a low-carbon economy, through sustainable mobility and accessibility solutions.  The key priority themes are:  A. Low-carbon transport systems introduction investigation, including internalisation and reduction of external costs of transport for tourism and travel with low-carbon solutions, E-Mobility options, promoting the use of railways for access to destinations where possible, redeployment of disused railways for sustainable tourism development and non-motorised transport.  B. Provision of improved Intermodality facilities for visitors, multimodal connectivity improvements, interchange facilities between long distance travel and local transport systems, including multilingual travel information provision, integrated e-ticketing for tourism sites and public transport, CycloTourism interchanges with public transport, awareness raising, promotion of low-carbon modes of travel, ICT & mobile applications, Mobility as a Service (MaaS). C. Accessible Tourism: Accessibility for tourists with mobility problems (disabled, elderly, families, etc). D. Facilitating Cycling & Walking for Tourists, cycling routes provision, shared bikes, promotion of CycloTourism, integration of cycling in urban/regional tourism mobility strategies, promoting ‘Greenways’. The project approach involves the following 12 activities, in order of appearence: 1. Review, identification, documentation of key policies and best practices from previous, completed projects for capitalisation; key issues and available policy options review and assessment. 2. Development of linkages and synergies amongst specific clusters, such as: Regional Authorities, Local Authorities, Transport Authorities, Tourism Boards, Development Agencies, Transport operators, as well as by type of tourism destination (coastal & maritime, urban, rural, mountainous, insular) and low-carbon transport modes and options (Electro-Mobility, Railways, Cycling, Walking, Access Control, Park & Ride, DRT, Internalisation and reduction of external costs of transport, Mobility as a Service – MaaS innovations), through Interregional Working Groups that will co-organise and undertake the following activities. 3. Stakeholder involvement throughout, by dedicated events at regional/local level in each semester. 4. Interregional Thematic Workshops and Study Visits on the 4 priority themes (Low-carbon Transport Systems, Intermodality, Accessibility, Cycling & Walking at Tourism Destinations), as policy learning events. Webinars on specific matters regarding the above. 5. Dedicated Study Tour on Intelligent Transport Systems at destinations (synergies with Horizon2020 CIVITAS Destinations project in Madeira). 6. Staff exchange programme, between more experienced and less experienced regions, involving officers as both donors and recipients of good practices. 7. Joint Surveys with Common Methodology for travel behaviour research (Institutional/Business, Resident & Visitor/Traveller Surveys). 8. Feasibility Studies for Low-Carbon Mobility Options & Transport Systems, Accessibility provision, Intermodality improvements and Cycling/Walking facilities. 9. Policy Peer Reviews. 10. Participation in Policy Learning Platform Activities, as required by the Interreg Europe programme. 11. Joint Development of Action Plans. 12. Monitoring of Implementation (Phase 2). Innovative Character Innovative character is in the comprehensive enhancement and implementation of integated policies for low-carbon sustainable mobility, accessibility, responsible travel and efficient sustainable tourism, in tourist destinations. The project is also in line with the outcomes of the UNWTO Smart Destinations World Conferences, which state that: "Smart solutions enable destinations to better respond to changing travel behaviours and needs of the more informed, hyper-connected and multi-channeled tourist by offering more relevant, integrated services (e.g. from door to door) and incorporating fast adaptation processes in destinations". Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Resilient Thessaloniki A Strategy for 2030 The main objective of the Strategy is to strengthen Thessaloniki’s urban resilience towards its population shifts, urban economy, open spaces and local governance.   The strategic approaches and taking into account the below city values:   Social Cohesion Local Identity & Heritage Environmental Management Multi-stakeholder Engagement Technology Adaptation Health & Well-being Youth Empowerment Economic Prosperity.   More specifically, the Strategy sets the below goals and objectives:   1 :Shape a thriving and sustainable city with mobility and city systems that serve its people. Objectives A. Build an integrated resilient mobility system B. Adopt Transit Oriented Development (TOD) C. Develop smart urban logistics D. Move to clean power for transport E. Reduce air pollution and urban noise F. Reframe waste management G. Strengthen environmental public awareness for a stronger environmental policy.   2 :Co-create an inclusive city that invests in its human talent. Objectives C. Welcoming Thessaloniki.   3: Build a dynamic urban economy and responsive city through effective and network governance.   4: Re-discover the city's relationship with the sea - Integrated Thermaikos Bay.   Although the Strategy promotes integrated resilient mobility, the combination of transport and tourism resilience is not addressed fully. There is a need to further improve the Strategy by integrating sustainable tourism mobility, accessibility & transport systems reslilence as a S.M.A.R.T. destination. Which partners are working on this? Major Development Agency Thessaloniki S.A. (MDAT S.A.) Regional Operational Programme Sardegna ERDF The programme is a countercyclical instrument for the Sardinain authorities in order to tackle the effects of the economic and social crisis.   Sustainable low-carbon transport and mobility are framed in the energy field which aims at creating a system of smart grids in order to ensure security and stability in the regional energy's sector, while, at the same time, further diversifying the energy mix and decreasing harmful greenhouse emissions.   There are specific actions to create Smart grids (act. 4.3.1.) and to develop sustainable low-carbon mobility (act. 4.6.4). Integration between the electrical system and the transport system in term of smart grid create new challenges for both systems. Moreover integration with the tourism sector might lead to improvement for the whole regional territory and in particular for tourist services coherent with the regional policy synthesized in the claim: “Sardinia: the isle of quality life”.   Although low-carbon transport is included in the ROP, the effective integration of low-carbon tourism mobility with sustainable tourism is missing. The ROP therefore needs to be improved regarding enhanced tourism connectivity, sustainable mobility and accessibility with low-carbon transport solutions.   Policies for potential modal shifts from private travel modes to more sustainable low-carbon transport modes such as railways, electro-mobility and cycling for tourism, as well as intermodality and accessibility for visitors should be integrated. Which partners are working on this? Autonomous Region of Sardinia Regional OP: Strukturkonzept Land Bremen 2020 The ROP is a concept for cross-departmental structural policy of the State of Bremen. It provides a common strategic framework for the structural policy being implemented. The ROP is used to strengthen ongoing exchange on key structural policy issues within the administration as well as in dialogue with the regional actors. By focusing on the "Europe 2020" strategy, structural policy is mandated to pursue an even more integrated approach focusing on knowledge and innovation, resource conservation and CO2 reduction, poverty reduction and social cohesion.   The aspects of improved accessibility of the city for all modes of transport and the environmentally friendly transport concepts apply to Bremen as a federal state (including Bremerhaven). The ROP states that with the “Harbour Worlds” an important tourist resort has developed in Bremerhaven. In the future, it will still have to be strengthened and better connected.   Bremerhaven is a city with 120 000 inhabitants, tourism is one of its main economic pillars. It is vital for Bremerhaven, in order to stay both accessible and attractive for visitors, to foster sustainable transport modes in the tourism areas. There is a need to improve the ROP, in order to:   - Improve mobility strategies that aim to develop Bremen and Bremerhaven in a sustainable, low-carbon way - Integrate the sustainable mobility aim in sustainable tourism with low-carbon transport solutions, innovative approaches for intermodality, accessibility & cycling. Which partners are working on this? Experience Bremerhaven, Tourism, Marketing and Events Company Ltd. Operational Programme MADEIRA 14-20, Portugal The OP MADEIRA 1420, Thematic Objective 4 «Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors» sets the ground for the next generation of public policies with regard to Public Transport (PT), namely the need to meet the tourist needs when planning mobility services. Touristm is the backbone of Madeira. The OP therefore conveys the need to address tourism mobility policies and advocates that PT in Funchal must be tourist friendly regarding service network and communication tools. The final goal foreseen is to raise the number of tourists exploring Funchal and the whole Island in a sustainable manner, using PT and enhancing their travel experience.   Previous versions of the OP have not entailed overall strategies of liaison between tourism and low-carbon transport policies. Special attention in the OP is also paid to the priority axis number 7 which enables public authorities, such as Horários do Funchal (HF), to develop capacities and policy learning so that staff can upgrade skills and be prepared for emerging challenges. Arguably as tourism is developing at a high pace, PT Companies have to develop new business opportunities for them and be prepared to meet their needs (for example, emarketing, sales techniques, etc).   The OP can be further improved with more specific policies and measures for sustainable mobility, accessibility and responsible travel, integrated with sustainable tourism development, based on best practices and low-carbon transport innovations. Which partners are working on this? Horários do Funchal, Transportes Públicos S.A. Hastings Local Plan 2011-2028 "Shaping Hastings" The Hastings Local Plan is the main policy document setting the framework for future development. This policy instrument does not address explicitly the needs of visitors, regarding low-carbon tourism mobility and accessibility and hence need to be improved to incorporate S.M.A.R.T. policies.   Hastings Borough Council (HBC) seeks to strengthen Policy T3 on Sustainable Transport. T3 sets out how HBC will work with East Sussex County Council (ESCC, 2nd tier local government) to achieve more sustainable transport, and considering other “smarter choices” measures, prioritising:   - improving bus routes, through support for the provision and improvement of bus priority lanes and junction approaches, - services and passenger facilities supporting the provision of new and enhanced cycle routes in the town, and in particular, supporting the implementation of the strategic cycle network improving walking routes for pedestrians - improving air quality and environment - examining the potential for adopting other “smarter choices” measures, including travel plans; travel awareness campaigns, car sharing schemes, teleworking and home shopping promote EMobility for citizens and visitors.   HBC needs to work more collaboratively to integrate public realm plans with ESCC’s wider transport plans and avoid duplication. ESCC is a key stakeholder.   HBC wishes to learn from other DESTI-SMART partners about relevant policies and how they work successfully in similar environments, as destinations. Which partners are working on this? Hastings Borough Council Plan Territorial Insular de Mallorca (PTM) (Territorial plan for Mallorca) The PTM is a general instrument for territorial planning of Mallorca to apply the directives on urban and territorial planning of Balearic Islands. It was approved in 13/Dec/2004.   The objectives of PTM is to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants; to put at their disposal an adequate spatial structure which allow to achieve a socioeconomic development suitable to the rational use of natural resources, and to assure the protection and improvement of the environment. In their regulations, it is mentioned elements related to mobility and tourism.   The PTM needs to develop in more depth the issues related to Sustainable Mobility, Accessibility and Responsible Travel, towards S.M.A.R.T destinations. Which partners are working on this? Mallorca Island Council - Environment Department Tourism Development Strategy for Vidzeme region Objectives:   1) Development of National Greenways signposting and marking system 2) Development of cooperation mechanism regarding the former railway land ownership issues 3) Development of Greenways multi-modality network guidelines (other cycling routes, networks, public transport connections etc.)   Characteristics:   1) Efficiency – How to solve the land ownership issues between the State Railway company and local municipalities 2) Sustainability - How to develop and promote historic railway infrastructure (former railway lines and infrastructure ) and turn them into tourism products/routes (Greenways). Strategy to attract State, municipal and EU-funding for Greenways development 3) Tourism - How to promote and develop Greenways as non-motorised, nature friendly modes of transport 4) Mobility and Accessibility - Greenways and their connections with existing cycling, hiking routes, as well as transport corridors.   Priorities:   1) Promotion of the Greenways at local, regional, national and international level 2) Involvement of the Municipalities, private and public organizations in order to develop Greenways 3) Greenways and accessibility for all (cycling, hiking, people with disabilities) 4) Greenways and their connections with regular and historic railway, public transport networks.   The Strategy needs to be improved with low-carbon sustainable mobility & accessibility solutions for visitors, including intermodality with other modes of travel & electro-mobility options. Which partners are working on this? Latvian Greenways Association Integrated Transport Development Operational Programme (ITOP) The ITOP supports the development of transport infrastructure, which is seen as essential to increase economic competitiveness and stimulate job creation – the two key objectives for Growth and Jobs. Improving transport links can also strengthen social and territorial cohesion.   The ITOP provides support among others for the further development of highways and railway lines across the country and for the improvement of public transport services in the main urban areas.   Railway modernisation (such as the electrification of railway lines, the elimination of railway bottlenecks and slow zones) is aimed to be continued along the main corridors across the country, with several stations to be upgraded. Large cities will also benefit from urban transport investments, and light train developments will link cities and destinations.   The improvement of this policy instrument is a key priority, since as the result of the developments, the accessibility of cities, towns, and regions of outstanding importance will be improved. The service standard of community transport will be increased and travel times will noticeably shorten along the Hungarian railway network.   The policy instrument, however, does not include provisions for low-carbon transport sustainable mobility and accessibility in tourism destinations and hence it should be improved to incorporate such priorities and innovations. In particular, low-carbon transport systems and solutions needs to be highlighted for tourism areas. Which partners are working on this? Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency Operational Program "Competitiveness and Sustainable Development" Operational Program: Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (included in the Structural Funds of the Republic of Cyprus 2014-2020)   Priority Axe 5: Promoting sustainable mobility Investment Priority 7ii: Development and Improvement of environmentally – friendly and low-carbon transport systems, in order to promote sustainable local mobility Specific Objective 7ii.1: 'Improvement of mobility in urban areas'   Main goals of the SP 7ii.1 - Development of SUMPs for all cities in Cyprus - Reduction of transport greenhouse gas emissions; - Revitalization of Urban Area.   Priority 1- Special Target 3a2: Improvement of the competitiveness of the tourist product: This is considered indispensable for the recovery of the economy, for tourism is one of the most profitable sectors.   Although low-carbon transport systems are included in the OP, the connection with sustainable tourism is not reflected. Tourism is indeed a priorty for the OP, but not linked to transport and mobility policies. The important integration of low-carbon transport with sustainable tourism policies needs to be incorporated into the improved OP.   The OP needs to develop in more depth the issues related to Sustainable Mobility, Accessibility and Responsible Travel, towards S.M.A.R.T destinations. Which partners are working on this? Pafos Regional Board of Tourism (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); DESTI-SMART Tweets by DESTI-SMART Latest News See all project news 03/12/2020 DESTI-SMART supports Accessible Tourism for all On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities DESTI-SMART highlights strong support for Accessible Tourism for all Type: Project 30/11/2020 DESTI-SMART project active synergies with UN SDGs DESTI-SMART Project has been actively linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 (SDGs No: 7, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 17). Type: Project 30/10/2020 Workshop at #EURegionsWeek, 15 October 2020 (video) The DESTI-SMART Partnership held an oline Workshop at the European Wek of Regions and Cities digital event on: Smart Mobility at Tourist Destinations Type: Project 29/10/2020 Video on Greenways for Cycling and Walking Tourism Latvian Greenways Association has prodced a 10-minutes video on the study visits in Vidzeme region Greenways linked to walking and cycling sustainable tourism Type: Project 31/05/2020 Feasibility Study for the Urban Sea Transportation The Feasibility Study for the development of the Urban Sea Transportation was completed. Type: Project 29/05/2020 DESTI-SMART Mission Statement submitted to DG GROW The DESTI-SMART Partnership submitted its mission statement on sustainable tourism mobility towards 'smart destinations' to European Commission DG GROW Tourism Type: Project 20/05/2020 DESTI-SMART Workshop at EU Regions Week in Brussels DESTI-SMART Workshop on “Smart Mobility at Tourist Destinations” approved by the EWRC 2020 selection committee to be part of #EURegionsWeek 2020 Type: Project 29/04/2020 HF provides a more accessible urban fleet in Madeira Public transport operator Horários do Funchal (HF) provides a more accessible urban fleet, as a result of synergies with DESTI-SMART project Type: Project 24/04/2020 Hastings Seafront Feasibility Mobility Study Evaluation of possibilities for a new transit link along Hastings Seafront, resulting in a joint Strategic Outline Business Case for short-listed options Type: Project 13/03/2020 3rd Thematic Workshop on "Accessible Tourism" 3rd Thematic Workshop of DESTI-SMART on “Accessible Tourism: Accessibility for visitors with mobility problems” Type: Project
Region Örebro County, RaiSE Swedish partner, was present at the SI-Drive conference in Brussels on 24 & 25 October 2017.
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LCA for sustainable regional development have been in the spotlight of the fourth TLJ in Slovenia.
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How to organize remote municipal meetings: a Webinar, organized within 4PDIH in Slovenia
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SIC and OKA are organising SIC Summer School in Samsun from 8-11 May on the theme "Regions as Social Innovation Ecosystems".
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