The UK has voted to leave the EU by 52% to 48%. The next step will be for the British government to consider the process by which the country leaves the European Union. It is not yet clear what the exit process will be and over what time period any changes to the UK’s relationship with the European Union will happen.
David Cameron announced that he will not trigger Article 50, which provides notice to leave the EU, and has handed this responsibility over to his successor who will be appointed by October 2016. The time scale once Article 50 has been invoked is another question that is still unknown, though the figure most quoted is two years. A briefing paper on Article 50 and how it works is available online.
In the interim and whilst negotiations are proceeding, the UK will continue to be a member of the EU and will remain eligible for EU funding programmes. Therefore for the time being, LEPT will continue operating as normal through its communication activities and, where relevant opportunities arise, by partnering, brokering and leading bids on behalf of London Boroughs. Of course, depending on the details of any exit deal, we may well continue to have access to EU bidding rounds after we leave the EU.
We will be sure to keep you informed as we find out more about the impacts of Brexit on the work of LEPT. For now, this briefing provides details of the latest funding opportunities, events, best practice and updates on recently completed projects.
EU FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
LIFE is the EU’s Funding Framework for the Environment and Climate Action for the period of 2014-2020. The total budget for the implementation for the LIFE programme is €3.4 billion. The first call for proposals was launched on 19 May 2016 and covers proposals for both environment and climate action sub-programmes.
Calls for proposals under the sub-programme: Climate Action is the most relevant for those interested in the sustainable mobility agenda. The sub-programme for climate action has identified three thematic priorities: climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation. The three thematic priorities are addressed in three supported actions: Traditional, Integrated and Technical Assistance actions.
The maximum co-financing rate for all projects funded is up to 60%. Projects are expected to last 2-5 years and often involve from 6 to 15 partners from different countries and sectors. Further information on calls for proposals can be found on the programmes homepage.
Horizon 2020 is the EU’s Funding Framework for Research and Innovation. It will cover many policy areas addressing major concerns shared by all Europeans such as climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable and coping with the challenge of an ageing population. Calls for proposals are published every two years and are based on 3 overarching priorities: excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenges.
The transport challenge is allocated a budget of €6,339 million for the period of 2014-2020. The programme aims to boost the competiveness of the European transport industries and achieve a European transport system that is resource-efficient, climate-and-environmentally friendly, safe and seamless for the benefit of all citizens, the economy and society. Activities are addressed in this Work Programme by three calls for proposals: Mobility for Growth, Green Vehicles and Small Business and Fast Track Innovation for Transport.
Calls for proposals will open on 21 October 2016. Each call has an approximate budget foreseen by the EC which ranges from €1 million to €15 million. Horizon 2020 offers a funding rate of 100% on all costs for Research and Innovation projects and Coordination and Support projects or 70% for Innovation projects.
The Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) initiative will launch its second Call for Proposals in November 2016. The European Commission has selected the three topics that will be included in the call: sustainable urban mobility, the circular economy and the integration of migrants and refugees.
A full description of the topics along with the Guidance and Terms of Reference will be made available to applicants in September on the UIA website. The total budget for 2016 will be €50 million and around 10 projects will be selected for funding. LEPT will provide a briefing on the calls for proposals when more details become available.
The STARS project can now confirm that the STARS programme will continue to be implemented after the official end of the project in March. The founding members of STARS Europe will join together to form the STARS Europe Network with LEPT providing the role of secretariat.
The STARS Europe Network is a membership network which all European municipalities are eligible to join, including other legal entities and associations which are affiliated with schools or have an interest in sharing best practice in sustainable school travel.
The network aims to coordinate and publicise expertise, knowledge and experience to provide a professional and sustainable focus for school travel planning. Its services are available to paying members to help coordinate, deliver and evaluate school accreditation programmes locally through its tried and tested management tools, guides, templates and reports.
The SWITCH project, involving the London Borough of Hounslow, came to an end in May 2016. SWITCH project aims to reduce urban car traffic by encouraging the Switch if short car journeys to walking and cycling. In order to ensure its lasting legacy the project has created a Campaign Guide and Toolbox to help cities implement an effective SWITCH campaign of their own.
Transport for London is working in partnership with the London Boroughs to deliver seven Quietway routes by spring 2017. The first Quietway was officially launched this month, running from Greenwich to Waterloo. Quietways are continuous routes following quieter streets, parks and waterways across inner and outer London. They’ll connect with other cycling infrastructure in the capital, expanding the reach of cycling investment and linking residential areas to local services such as schools, town centres and green spaces. They overcome barriers to cycling by providing improved junctions and an alternative to riding on busy roads. Where they have to cross or use busy roads for short sections, they will be segregated from motor traffic.
The official calls for abstracts for Velo-city is now open. The programme for Velo-city 2017 will be divided into five subthemes that will lead the way to the ‘Freedom of Cycling’.
- Infrastructure: Learn, experience and put it into practice
- People: Different people, different ideas, different choices
- Bikenomics: Cycling saves and generates money
- Urban planning: Cycling in a digitalizing world
- Governance: How do they do it?
Information on the abstract submission process is available on the conference website. The deadline for submitting is 30 September2016.
The London Borough of Hackney hosted there fifth annual Hackney Cycling Conference on 10 June 2016. Two hundred people from the cycling world attended the convention where speakers shared advice and expertise. The theme of the conference was cycling’s role in the future transport mix, delegates heard presents about cycling’s potential to help resolve global as well as local issues including congestion, road traffic casualties, public health, air quality and economic resilience. Presentations from the day’s event are available to download online.
The All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) has published a report into the Government’s draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy – A plan to get Britain Cycling. The report examines the extent to which the draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) issued in March 2016 will be able to meet the Government’s stated ambition to “make cycling and walking the natural choice for short journeys” in England. The report raises concerns about the current levels of funding and ambition outlined in the draft CWIS and calls for more investment and stronger strategic ambition that makes cycling a clear national priority for all levels of government. The full report is available to download on APPCG webpage.
Registration is now open for the World Collaborative Mobility Congress. The World Collaborative Mobility Congress (wococomo), a meeting place for collaborative mobility players, is staged once a year with the aim of achieving wocomoco objectives:
- Driving social change forward towards the creation of sustainable, efficient mobility;
- Promoting dialogue on the theme from the political economic and social aspects.
Two Horizon 2020 information days in the field of transport will be held in September 2016 to present the upcoming calls for proposals.
- 23 September 2016, Horizon 2020 information day on smart cities and communities.
- 28 September 2016, Horizon 2020 information day on 2016-2017 H2020 Work programme smart, green and integrated transport.
Registration is now open for the CIVITAS Forum. The theme of the conference is ‘Shaping the mobility of tomorrow’. The programme of events is available to download on the conference website.
Registration is now open for the Polis Annual Conference. The theme of the conference is ‘Transport innovation for sustainable cities and regions’. More information and details of events are available on the Polis website.