UITP is proud to announce that it will manage a new platform under the European Clean Bus Deployment Initiative of the European Commission. The platform will bring together European transport authorities and operators to boost and support the exchange of knowledge and expertise on clean bus deployment. It will be officially launched during the UITP Summit on 11 June together with the European Commission, Directorate-General Mobility and Transport.
The European Commission, in collaboration with the Committee of the Regions, has been facilitating the creation of a dedicated initiative for clean (alternatively fuelled) buses in the EU. Starting in June 2017, it has led to the adoption of a public declaration endorsing a common ambition of signatory cities and manufacturers to the roll out of clean buses. This has been complemented by an expert group to work on technological, financial and organisational issues around the deployment of such buses.
UITP supported the Clean Bus Deployment Initiative through signing the ‘Declaration on promoting large-scale deployment of clean buses in Europe’, and actively contributing to the work of the Clean Bus Expert Group.
Now, the next phase is starting. A contract has been awarded to the APOLLO-EU consortium led by UITP to set up and manage a platform that will bring together public authorities, transport operators, manufacturers and financial organisations.
Many city administrations have the political will to re-orient their public transport system towards clean buses, but lack the capabilities and know-how to do so on their own. The platform will assist them in the learning and transition process, ensuring that technical, procedural and operational know-how on clean bus deployment is passed on beyond the circle of cities that can be considered front-runners. This will make possible that a critical mass of cities and operators start and continue investing in clean bus technologies.
The work will build on the insights of successful larger fleets that are already running in European cities. Furthermore, key research projects in the field like ZeEUS, ASSURED, JIVE, EBSF_2, and ELIPTIC have demonstrated a wide array of existing solutions related to clean bus technologies.
“The project is a true tipping point to boost the market uptake of clean bus technologies with concrete actions supporting authorities and operators in the deployment process”, said Umberto Guida, Senior Director Knowledge & Innovation at UITP.
As a passionate advocate of sustainable mobility, UITP and its members actively followed up the European Commission’s efforts to set up the policy framework for clean bus deployment, such as the review of the Clean Vehicles, and the Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directives.
Come and visit us at the UITP stand at the Global Public Transport Summit on Tuesday 11 June (14:30 – 14:45) for the kick-off of this breakthrough project. The launch event will welcome Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of UITP, and Herald Ruijters, Director Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport of DG MOVE.
The APOLLO-EU Consortium consists of Coordinator UITP and partners POLIS, Rupprecht Consult, FIT Consulting and thinkstep. The APOLLO-EU project is a service contract through the European Commission's DG MOVE 'Supporting alternatives to cars by means of better clean bus deployment' call.