CO2NeuTrAlp

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Full project title and funding programme

Full title of project: CO2-neutral transport for the Alpine Space

Funding programme: Alpine Space Programme

Subject

Environmental friendly mobility

Schedule and project consortium

Schedule

01.09.2008 – 31.01.2012

Project consortium

Description

Environmentally friendly mobility is feasible – by means of renewable energies. Nowadays 98% of road transport in the EU depends on fossil oil. How can renewable resources from the own region be used in transport without endangering the environment? Is the use of biofuels or electricity in public or private transport, in city logistics or e-bike rental systems, etc. feasible? In 13 pilot projects, 15 partners from five Alpine countries tested and demonstrated in 13 pilot projects how mobility can enter the solar age.

Problems to be addressed

How can renewable resources from the own region be used in transport without endangering the environment? As one of the first steps of CO2 NeutrAlp, an agreement was agreed between all partners an agreement guaranteeing the compatibility of "clean" fuels (i.e. renewable and local) with sustainable development criteria. In addition, the project partners have insisted on the importance of a prior reduction of individual mobility needs by a reduction of urban development and a territorial planning.

Objectives

Alternative propulsion technologies for transport on the basis of renewable energies have been implemented by local users from the wider Alpine region following three main objectives.

  1. A variety of technological solutions (electric engines in light vehicles, cars and buses, biofuel compliant combustion engines, compressed air technology etc.) have been applied in regions with differing resource potentials (hydroelectric power, biogas, pure plant oil etc.).
  2. The applied technical solutions have been analysed in order to elaborate proposals for harmonising technical standards especially regarding recharging, respectively refuelling infrastructure on an international level.
  3. The transnational exchanges of know-how have promoted the competitiveness of the Alpine region in a fast growing market of environmentally friendly transport technologies. Through the use of new technologies of propulsion based on renewable energies, the project will foster independency from energy imports, job creation in (rural) regions, and dynamics and competitiveness of local small scale enterprises.

Actions on low-carbon economy, energy efficiency and nZEBs

  • Regional and local renewable fuels production potential analysis.
  • Electric buses for Natural Park of Bauges and Entertainment Park of Peaugres.
  • Chart for sustainable renewable and local fuels.
  • Guide to increase the user of renewable and local fuels.

Main results

13 pilot projects on electric power and/or biofuels applied in public transport, car fleets, city logistics, tourism,agriculture and e-bikes.

Outputs developed by the project

Uncovered expected needs

Local actors have been informed about local and renewable fuels, but there is a fragility of the installed experimental equipment.

Project strengths and weaknesses

Project strengths

  • Concordance with the need.
  • Very good management of the project.
  • Innovation approach.

Project weaknesses

No financial subsidies for equipment investment.

Contact and homepage

Project homepage

References

ViSiBLE report identification of successes and common challenges of EU-funded projects (2014)