The EIT Innovation Community in Urban Mobility is presented in Brussels

The EIT Innovation Community in Urban Mobility is presented in Brussels

Photo of the presentation in Brussels

On 24 January the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) presented in Brussels the EIT Innovation Community in Urban Mobility, headquartered in Barcelona, with the UPC as one of its technology partners.

Feb 06, 2019

A world where people use highly efficient electric means of transport, where cities have more space for living, walking and playing, and where no one is concerned about air quality, traffics jams or parking spots: this is an objective that the EIT Urban Mobility sets for the Europe of the future. The project is managed by a consortium of 48 partners from 15 countries, including the cities of Barcelona, Copenhagen, Eindhoven, Prague and Istanbul, with participants such as the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC), the Israel Institute of Technology and SEAT.

At the official presentation of this new innovation community, it became clear that we need to invest in urban transport systems to adapt to the rapid urbanization caused by migration, demographic change and economic interests. As many as 70% of Europeans live in urban areas, and their mobility accounts for 40% of all CO2 emissions from road transport. Congestion in the EU is often located in and around urban areas and costs nearly €100 billion, 1% of the EU's GDP, per year.

The EIT Urban Mobility will have a grant of up to €4 million to ensure that it becomes fully operational as soon as possible.