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Supervised Implementation of Sustainable Urban Transport Concepts

The main goal of TRANSPOWER is to supervise the implementation of sustainable urban transport. TRANSPOWER provides municipal and regional decision-makers with properly evaluated scientific information about best practices and relevant experience in order to implement sustainable, cost-effective, environmentally friendly and efficient urban transport concepts.

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Environmental issues – such as air pollution or noise – are serious threats to the health of EU inhabitants. More than 75% of the population of the EU lives in urban areas and is affected by a deterioration of air quality as well as noise. The car is the dominant means of transport and decisively contributes to pollution and noise. Recent estimates foresee an increase of 40% in transport-caused CO2 emissions by 2010, if current trends persist. Therefore the improvement of air quality is one of the fields in which the EU has been most active in recent years.

The project will serve as a stage for future investment projects as in-depth-analyses will detect investment potentials. Model instruments will be at the disposal of municipal policy-makers to be used in future actions. The joint implementation efforts will lead to a more efficient and rational use of motorised transport in the partner regions.


The overall objective of TRANSPOWER is to contribute towards concepts for measuring and planning which is cost-effective, sparing, environmentally friendly and efficient in the field of urban transport.

The project will help decision-makers to implement existing ideas by accompanying their progress closely, and providing an exchange of experienced and professional supervision. Guidelines and practical recommendations for the targeted improvement of urban transport organisation will be given. The target groups addressed are specifically municipal authorities, but in a wider sense also traffic operators and inhabitants. The approach is tailored to small, manageable projects which represent realistic steps towards achieving the above-mentioned overall objective.

The supervised implementation of small, manageable and tailor-made projects and concepts which represent realistic steps, together with the exchange of experience and relevant personnel, shall enable the participating institutions to build up relevant capacities. Using a selection of 16 partners representing small and medium-sized cities (up to 500 000 inhabitants) from five Member States and two Accession Countries, policy-makers of municipalities and cities will be able to exchange knowledge with academia and business.

Biodiesel bus in Graz, Austria
Biodiesel bus in Graz, Austria
City of Graz

Description of work

The general instrument of TRANSPOWER is the coordination of actions, which are developed and implemented at a local level in European Countries.

A key aim of TRANSPOWER is to supervise the implementation of existing concepts in the field using innovative approaches. The supervised implementation of small, manageable and tailor-made projects and concepts, which represent realistic steps, together with the exchange of experience and relevant personnel will enable the participating institutions to build up relevant capacities.

The project will exploit synergies between small and medium-sized Eastern and Western European cities and link strengths and experiences by bringing relevant partners closer to each other – partners such as cities, municipalities, transport SMEs, research companies and universities, as well as regional development agencies.

TRANSPOWER will produce concrete policy recommendations opening new perspectives for a future-oriented, sustainable development in the field of urban transport by supervising European cities in the implementation of urban transport projects. The project will help to coordinate the transport activities of the partner cities and municipalities under the umbrella of sustainable transport aims.


An advisory board will provide an external review of the quality of the project’s processes and deliverables.

During the project a website will be established, in order to facilitate the exchange of information between the partners and with transport experts. It is also intended that city profiles will be published as a result of the project for dissemination to policy-makers.

The project will help to overcome differences by the exchange of experiences and the definition of requirements. It is expected to help establish standards in the connection of hardware from different suppliers by providing definitions of standard interfaces and information, such as OCIT (open communication interface for traffic devices).

TRANSPOWER will contribute to the aforementioned priorities, as far as urban transport is concerned. It will empower the cities to find those solutions which best match their needs, foster the pan-European discussion, and exchange and enlarge the European transport community.

Cycle path in Groningen
Cycle path in Groningen
City of Groningen