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Hyundai joins HyTEC project consortium

Air Products, HyTEC Project Coordinator, on January 28, 2015 announced that Hyundai Motor Europe joined  the HyTEC project adding Oslo to the current project locations London and Copenhagen.  Diana Raine,  and European Business Manager Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products, said of the expansion of the project, “We are delighted to welcome Hyundai Motor Europe to this exciting project, which will now see Oslo benefit from the consortium’s expertise in hydrogen transport infrastructure and operation.”

“We hope to demonstrate that hydrogen is not a fuel for the future, but a fuel for today that can reduce dangerous emissions and improve air quality in our cities.” ..read more
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Green Emotions run high in Stockholm and Riga

The Green  eMotion project, one of the largest EV projects in Europe co-fnded by the EU will see the presentation of its final results in its 10 demo sites in the coming months in various cities in Europe. Green eMotion Latvia (see photo) will kick off on February 10 in Riga with drive and rides, Green eMotion Sweden follows suit on February 17 hosted by the City of Stockholm.

Key Results of Green eMotion so far: ..read more
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Fuel Cell Bus Workshop at Sun Line Transit in California

The International Fuel Cell Bus (IFCB) Workshop last year in Hamburg furthered national and international partnerships between global transit operators, zero emission bus manufacturers, component suppliers, hydrogen infrastructure providers, regulators, and planners. Participants at this year’s 9th edition on February 24- 26, 2015  in California sponsored by the US Department of Transportation will identify remaining challenges for fuel cell bus commercialization and plan roadmaps, public-private partnerships, and information sharing mechanisms for the future. Confirmed participants include:

US Department of Transportation
US Department of Energy
EU Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
California Air Resources Board
German Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure
Representatives of the CHIC project
And many others ..read more
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Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool will build 21 hydrogen powered buses

News in Dutch, at page 7 of Metro in Brussels    http://issuu.com/metrotime/docs/metro_nl_20150121

(photo: Van Hool fuel cell bus in Copenhagen) ..read more
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Status EU Urban Agenda: consultation results delayed

At the EU Parliament Urban Intergroup DG Regio presented the status of the EU Urban Agenda. After the Communication (COM 2014 490) published last July on the “Urban Dimension of EU Policies – Key features of an EU Urban Agenda”, leading to a consultation that was launched in July 2014 and closed last September, 230 reactions have been received.

Today, approximately 359 million people – 72 % of the total EU population – live in cities, towns and suburbs. Although the speed of transformation has slowed down, the”Taking stock of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”. COM(2014) 130 final share of the urban population continues to grow, and is likely to reach more than 80% by 2050.  The concentration of consumers, workers and businesses in a place or area, together with the formal and informal institutions that are found in cities, makes urban areas more than just centres of population. Sixty-seven per cent of Europe’s GDP is generated in metropolitan regions, while their population represents only fifty-nine per cent of the total European population. A comparison of European cities’ economic performance indicates that the major cities are doing better than the rest,5 and capitals and larger metropolitan regions have performed better during the economic crisis than smaller metropolitan and nonmetropolitan regions. Small and medium-sized cities, however, form the backbone of Europe’s territory and have an important role to play for territorial development and cohesion. ..read more
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EV Date: EV joint stakeholder forum Feb 26-27, Brussels

The third  European Electro-mobility Stakeholder Forum, jointly organised by the leading EU co-funded EV demonstrator projects, FREVUE, ZeEUS and Green eMotion  on February 25-26, 2015 in Brussels will bring together leading experts and stakeholders in the field of electro-mobility from across Europe. Through a diverse and comprehensive programme looking at the operational and technical implementation of EV passenger vehicles, EV in logistics and battery powered buses  as well as the regulatory and policy environment. More information will be available soon on the event website.

The draft programme can be found here: 3rd E-mobility Stakeholder Forum_ Draft Programme 221214 ..read more

Posted under European Electromobility Observatory

Air Pollution hits us in the heart

The recent update of the  Global Burden of Disease study in the Lancet of December 17, 2014 explores the mechanisms and relationships between ambient air pollution and cardiovascular disease to highlight and raise awareness of the importance and wide-ranging impact of air pollution on cardiovascular disease. The study also provides guidance to society, patients, and healthcare professionals on the potential health impacts of air pollution, and make recommendations for future public health and research priorities to manage and mitigate this avoidable cause of death and disease.an increasingly worrying link of air pollution to diseases of normally healthy human beings. It also indicates the global  impact of air pollution with as many as 3.1 million of 52.8 million all-cause and all-age deaths being attributable to ambient air pollution in the year 2010.1

The recent update of the  Global Burden of Disease study in the Lancet of December 17, 2014 explores the mechanisms and relationships between ambient air pollution and cardiovascular disease to highlight and raise awareness of the importance and wide-ranging impact of air pollution on cardiovascular disease. The study also provides guidance to society, patients, and healthcare professionals on the potential health impacts of air pollution, and make recommendations for future public health and research priorities to manage and mitigate this avoidable cause of death and disease.an increasingly worrying link of air pollution to diseases of normally healthy human beings. It also indicates the global  impact of air pollution with as many as 3.1 million of 52.8 million all-cause and all-age deaths being attributable to ambient air pollution in the year 2010.1  The publication comes in the same week that the EC announced that the EU clean air directive designed to reduce the health impacts from air pollution and a waste directive that would set states the target of recycling 70% of waste by 2030 were at risk. ..read more

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HyTEC project published H2 guidelines for public authorities

The HyTEC project that is looking at wrapping up its demonstrations of fuel cell powered public fleets in Copenhagen, London and Oslo this year has published best practice guidelines and a summary for cities and regions on integrating fuel cell cars into their fleets. Based on the experiences of the city partners in the HyTEC project and extensive consultations by project partner Element Energy, these guidelines facilitite the decision making process at regional and local level. In view of the recent announcement of Toyota and Honda plus the investment plans of Hyundai it seems that the choice of FCEV models will be increasing rapidly in 2015.

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First TEN T hydrogen corridor HIT the roads

On the eve of the presentation of the EU Trans European Network for Transport corridors plans on December 22, 2014, the HIT final results hit the roads on December 17, 2014 in Brussels attracting infrastructure specialists, hydrogen vehicle OEM industry and EU Commission officials and regional government  representatives attending the HyER AGM on the same day. Strategically scheduled after an annual meeting of HIT partner HyER, regional officials outside the HIT partner countries joined the event to hear about the proceedings of the four HIT National Implementation Plans of France, DenmarkSweden and the Netherlands. A glimpse was shown of the HIT Synchronized Implementation Plan  that  accumulate the most recent vehicles and hydrogen station developments analyzed the individual NIPs to distillate synergies and best practice on how to set up NIP’s . Herald Ruijters, DG MOVE head of unit of TEN T Networks pointed to the need to ensure transport infrastructure improvements stay on the  EU Council priority list and the EU Commission’s European Strategic Investment Fund. A second HIT2 corridors project has been launched recently linking the HIT stations to corridors circling the Baltic Sea connecting Sweden via Finland and Latvia to Poland and Germany.

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Press release- EU agrees on safer, cleaner lorries – but by 2022 

The 28 EU governments and the European Parliament last night reached a deal to end brick-shaped lorries, which are inefficient and very dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. The agreed law gives manufacturers the ability to produce more streamlined, safer and fuel-efficient lorries but, amid heavy lobbying by industry, sets a delay until 2022 [1] before redesigned lorry cabs are allowed on Europe’s roads. Member State representatives still need to formally approve the deal this Friday in COREPER.

Current rules on weights and dimensions of lorries restrict cab length to 2.35m, which explains why European lorries have such box-shaped cabins. The agreed design changes would allow lorry makers to create a slightly longer and more streamlined nose, which would improve pedestrian protection, crash performance and could increase the driver’s field of view by 50%. ..read more

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