This event is part of the European project U-MOB LIFE or ‘European Network for Sustainable Mobility at University’. U-MOB LIFE is co-funded by the LIFE Programme of the European Union and aims to reduce CO2 emissions in European university campuses.
The first day of the 2nd European Conference on Sustainable Mobility at Universities have taken place during the whole day of the 14th of March 2019, in the Kotlownia Conference Hall and other parallel sessions at the premises of the Krakow University of Technology. This is the second European platform where universities from different European countries and other territories are having the opportunity to share their needs, challenges and different solutions in the field of accessibility and sustainable mobility.
Public authorities and the winner of the Contents for the Best University Mobility Practice
In the introduction session personalities from both the public and private sector participated: the Faculty of Civil Engineering, the Ministry of Environment of Poland, the Public Transport Authority in Krakow and NOVOTEC, environmental consultancy and leader of the U-MOB Project.
The University winner of the Contest for the Best University Mobility Practice was presented before all attendants: the University of Catania’s and its best practice, “You study, you travel free”. Giuseppe Inturri picked up a “symbolic” prize on behalf of University of Catania. The “real” award will be a tailored awareness-raising campaign to foster sustainable mobility at the University of Catania.
Use of data, land planning and mobility plans at Universities
Several universities showed their mobility plans and examples of good practices. After each presentation several issues arose as debates. The Università degli studi di Torino highlighted the importance of collection and the analysis of the situation of each university. Students were acknowledged as one of the groups within the University that are more sustainable regardless their ownership of a car.
The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) shared the features and locations of its campuses and the already ongoing activities that implement to boost sustainably. A car sharing initiative had been implemented in the UAB and questions and suggestions in of how to promote these initiatives also came up.
The Silesian University of Technology mentioned the importance of the time schedule of the students and the frequency and availability of public transport. Other speakers from universities such as: Università degli Studi di Bergamo, University of Stuttgart, University of Milano Bicocca, the MUV h2020 project, University of Oporto and others that can be found on the Agenda spoke about issues such as the relationship of sustainable mobility, access to campuses and the house pricing (an issue in most of EU capitals). The use of use of data management and privacy terms related to the new GDPR also came up.
The U-MOB LIFE European Project
This conference is part of the European project U-MOB LIFE, which began in 2016 and will last for five years – until June 2021. It belongs to the LIFE Programme, the European Union’s financial instrument of support for nature and climate preservation and environmental action projects throughout the EU.
The consortium is formed by: NOVOTEC Consultores, consultancy specialized in sustainable mobility and project leader; Fundación Equipo Humano, specialized in training and communication; and the following universities: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (EUR), Politechnika Krakowska (PK) and Università degli Studi di Bergamo (UNIBG).