Stockholm - A city of islands, cobblestones and pure, pure water
Stockholm has long been an innovator in eco initiatives, winning the first European Green Capital title in 2010. By 2040, the Swedish capital has the ambition to be 100% carbon neutral.
Stockholm has also been recognised by CIVITAS, for its achievements in introducing low and zero-emission vehicles. This includes the SL public transport system which is run entirely on fossil-free fuels and energy from renewable sources. A goal which was achieved before schedule in 2017. This admirable initiative extends to SL properties including depots and stations, most of which are heated with green energy.
Stockholm’s next green mobility initiative is to make all boats and ferries in the public transport system fossil-free by 2030. The Stockholm public transport administration is also looking into the possibility of integrating electric buses throughout the entire region.
Amsterdam – Canal living and world-class museums in the bicycling, free-spirited Dutch capital
Amsterdam is famous for its cycle-friendly streets but the Dutch capital’s green mobility credentials don’t stop there. All buses, subways and trains have been running on renewable energy since the beginning of 2019 and when it comes to electric vehicle charging infrastructure, Amsterdam quite simply leads the way.
In 2011 just 1,826 charging stations were available across the Netherlands. Today the country boasts 41,000 charging points - the highest density in the world - with more than 2,700 charging stations in Amsterdam alone. Plans are in progress to install a charging station every 25 kilometres and make electric cars exempt from tolls nationwide.
Future green mobility projects include Roboat, an autonomous robot boat that acts as a self-driving taxi, easing congestion on Amsterdam’s busy canals. Roboat could also be used as a floating waste collector, navigating the city’s narrow paths and waterways more quickly and efficiently.
Warsaw – The ‘Phoenix City’ that is rich in history, green spaces and culture
The Połczyńska Park+Ride project is a ground-breaking retrofitting project running along Połczyńska, a major thoroughfare in the Polish capital. On target for completion in 2022 the project aims to reduce Co2 emissions by 33 tonnes per year from 2023. In addition to cutting GHG emissions and other air pollutants, it will also help Warsaw preserve rainwater in purpose-built tanks to help in its wider efforts to tackle climate change.
The project involves installing photovoltaic modules which can produce up to up to 192 kWp of clean electricity and constructing four charge points for electric vehicles. Clean energy for heating will be powered by a heat pump and all electric lighting will be modernised and LED lamps installed. Connections to the local grid will be updated and an energy bank for electricity storage put in place.
Importantly, the project also focuses on engaging the local community in the development including delivering an educational program to increase awareness about green mobility and the wider issues around climate change and sustainability. It’s hoped that the project will be replicated in 15 other park and rides across the capital.
Duisburg - A fascinating harbour city with an industrial heritage
In 2019, Duisburg introduced its first almost grid independent and therefore self-sufficient fast charging park in Germany. The facility helps people without own parking space to charge electric vehicles quickly and efficiently in a location that is both close to the city and the motorway. The charging park is equipped with a solar roof and battery to supplement local grid capacity. This provides buffer when the demand for charging is high. What is more, the battery storage optimises the full capacity of the solar power so, at times of lower demand, the facility can run entirely off-grid.
This project, jointly initiated by E.ON Innovation, innogy eMobility Solutions and local municipal utility Stadtwerke Duisburg, enables fast charging of electric vehicles without over-stressing the grid capacity. The facility includes four DC (Direct Current) fast-charging stations, each with 150 kW of capacity and a battery storage component with 210 kWh of capacity. The 180-sq-m solar roof can supply 26,000 kWh of green power every year which translates as 200,000 kilometres of emission-free driving. All components and energy flows are optimized via an intelligent energy management system ensuring highest possible efficiency.
The ultra-fast charging park is not the only example of green mobility solution in the city. Duisport, the largest inland port in the world, has also rolled out several impressive initiatives. The port offers a comprehensive and highly-efficient intermodal transport network, that connects Duisburg to almost every European country and all of the continent's important industrial centers. What is more, Duisport continuously move their freight transport to rail and inland water alternatives, helping reduce road traffic and improve the quality of the environment. Vessels anchoring in the port can access a waterproof shore-to-ship charging station using a CEE (Commission on the Rules for the Approval of the Electrical Equipment) plug, thus ensuring a green power supply on board, which replaces carbonized energy provision via diesel generators.
Venice – A city of water, masks, bridge and romance
When it comes to involving the local community in green mobility, Venice’s green fuel initiative is a shining example. In 2018, the City of Venice partnered with AVAM Group, ENI and VERITAS Spa to trial the use of Eni Diesel, a premium diesel that contains 15% hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) to power the city’s world-renowned fleet of public boats. The scheme works by collecting waste cooking oil from citizens across the city via a number of collection points which is then transformed into biodiesel and delivered to the city’s public transport provider. All at exactly the same cost as normal diesel.
For each tonne of biodiesel consumed, it’s estimated that 3.13 tons of CO2e and 1.9 mc of water/ton are saved. Plans are in place to increase production with a target of 560,000 tons of oil by 2021.
The initiative marks an important step for Venice in moving towards a circular economy. It will also be instrumental in reducing pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and lowering atmospheric emissions. Fleet owners should also enjoy cheaper maintenance as the engines will consume 4% less fuel and fewer repairs needed.
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