Bonn-Based Organization Helps Purchase Clean Vehicles
Europe’s ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – is talking up a new project to help fleet operators buy vehicles “with higher standards of energy and environmental performance” à la en EC directive to “accelerate broad market introduction of clean and energy-efficient road transport.”
The three-year Clean Fleets project provides free and direct support, ICLEI says, including assistance with specific procurement actions. The Bonn-based organization is also providing training, and a series of workshops, study visits and networking events to “build capacity” and promote the exchange of experience and best practices.
“Public procurement offers a huge potential to drive the market for vehicles with better energy and environmental performance,” ICLEI project coordinator Simon Clement says in a release.
‘A Real Opportunity’
“The new regulations require public purchasers to rethink their procurement processes. This presents a real opportunity to reduce energy consumption, noise, carbon dioxide and other pollutant emissions considerably.”
“Road transport accounts for about a fifth of total carbon dioxide emissions in Europe,” Clement said.
In addition to ICLEI, the Clean Fleets project consortium is comprised of a dozen partners:
- Transport for London, UK;
- the City of Stockholm, Sweden;
- the City of Rotterdam, Netherlands;
- the Municipality of Sofia, Bulgaria;
- the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Germany;
- the Romanian Union of Public Transport, Romania;
- Zagreb Holding Ltd, Croatia;
- VAG Freiburg, Germany;
- the Municipality of Palencia, Spain;
- TÜV Nord, Germany;
- Transport & Travel Research Ltd, UK; and
- the Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems, Italy.
The Clean Fleets project is funded by the European Commission’s Intelligent Energy Europe Initiative.
ICLEI is also promoting Geneva 2013, the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, taking place at CICG, the Centre International de Conférences Genève in Geneva, Switzerland April 17-19.
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Source: ICLEI with Fleets & Fuels follow-up