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GreenYourMove Newsletter #4

GYM: an innovative co-modal journey planner, targeting GHG emission minimization
GYM News

GYM participation in the 4th International Conference on
"Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change"

GYM will participate in the 4th International Conference on “Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change” (ESCC 2017) that will place on June 12th – 14th, 2017, in Santorini, Greece.

ESCC 2017, will be organized under the auspices of the University of Florida (USA), the University of Thessaly (Greece) and University of Munich (Germany).

The conference aims on bringing together leading experts in the fields of Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change as well as optimization and computational methods, to discuss recent advancements and trending topics.

Dr. Georgios K.D. Saharidis, Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineeringin UTH and coordinator of GYM, is one of the Conference’s Directors, while a whole session will be dedicated to the project.


Registrations are still open!


Visit ESCC 2017 website
Welcome to ESCC 2017.
Welcome to Santorini, Greece!

Presentation of the draft GYM Journey Planner at the ESCC 2017

During the ESCC 2017, a whole session will be dedicated to the GYM project. During this session, apart from other presentations that would be relevant to its topic, Dr. Georgios K.D. Saharidis will present a draft version of the project Journey Planner, highlighting all its advantages and innovative aspects.

ESCC 2017 will place in Santorini, Greece, on June 12th – 14th, 2017.


Monitoring protocol for assessing the socioeconomic impact of GYM project
GYM team generated the socio-economic impact assessment model. The model addresses the needs of the monitoring tool which will be used to assess the socio-economic impact of GYM project. The evaluation method that is used follows a multi-criteria analysis approach, aggregating the socioeconomic benefits of the project. For each axis, social and economic, a number of criteria and indicators (a total of 11 subcategories and 106 weighted criteria) are set in order to enable tracking the socio-economic impact in measureable units.

The monitoring protocol will document the effectiveness of GYM throughout the project’s lifetime which is essential in order to enable mobility managers, regulatory agencies and other EU journey planners to build on GYM monitoring outputs, compare results to other case studies or use results as a basis for urban mobility plans.
Facts and figures for GYM monitoring protocol
Other News

Cities and Regions for Sustainable Transport: Polis network

Polis is a network of European cities and regions working together to develop innovative technologies and policies for local transport. Since 1989, European local and regional authorities have been working together within Polis to promote sustainable mobility through the deployment of innovative transport solutions.The activities of Polis are organised around four thematic pillars:
  • Environment and Health in Transport
  • Mobility and Traffic Efficiency
  • Transport Safety and Security
  • Social and Economic Aspects of Transport
This year's Annual Polis Conference on "Transport innovation for sustainable cities and regions" will take place on 6 and 7 December 2017 in Brussels. The call for speakers will open in March and close in May.
Polis Network website

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) beyond borders
The ITS World Congress rotates between Europe, the Asia Pacific region and the Americas, returning to Europe every three years. The ITS European Congress is held in the years when there is not a World Congress taking place in Europe.

The 12th ITS European Congress takes place in June 2017 in Strasbourg, one of the few European cities providing a package of best practices as a pioneer in sustainable mobility. The intersection of multiple transport and communication networks makes the city a wonderful living lab for mobility.

The Congresses provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to come together, discuss and make the necessary contacts to move initiatives forward and to develop their business by exhibiting and demonstrating state of the art ITS solutions. The Congresses also showcase the latest ITS achievements from the city and region hosting the Congress, and can help increase awareness of ITS in the Host region itself.

12th ITS Congress website
Good Practices

EU Transport Scoreboard 2016
The European Commission has published the 2016 edition of the "EU Transport Scoreboard", a benchmark which compares how Member States perform in 30 categories covering all aspects of transport.The objective of the Scoreboard is to help Member States identify areas requiring priority investment and action. 
The Netherlands tops the Scoreboard for the third year running with high scores in 15 categories, followed by Sweden, Germany and Austria. While they have different strengths, they all share a solid framework for investment, good transport safety scores, and a good record of implementing EU law.

How is your country performing?
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150 Greek cities receive funding for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) development

150 municipalities of Greece will receive a total of 9M € from Green Fund, organization under the coordination of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, in order to generate their SUMPs.

The SUMPs target improved connectivity of different urban transport modes. They place emphasis to citizens and to promote behavioral changes regarding transport and mobility. The Plans investigate each urban zone as an entity and suggest activities of urban mobility within a sustainable policy. The plans are drafted based on different sectors: they take into account transport, mobility needs, land uses, spatial analysis, environment, socio-economic development, etc. SUMPs finally provide specific action plans to local authorities guiding them to the adoption of sustainable mobility strategies.

The funding break down of each city can be found here (Greek)


C-ITS Roadmap for European cities
CIMEC project  funded from EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and its primary aims are to understand potential benefits and impacts of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) on urban environments, since most of the work to date has been focused heavily on the highways context.

CIMEC partnership has just delivered a Roadmap addressing Cooperative ITS for medium-sized European cities which may become a valuable toolbox for all cities. The Roadmap describes the context of how cities currently work and how C-ITS could fit in this context. Specific use cases are analysed in order to assist cities evaluate sections of their strategies and ways of formulating a coherent strategy.

Download Roadmap
Evidence: Economic benefits of sustainable mobility interventions
The EVIDENCE project has reviewed a range of material exploring the economic benefits of 'more sustainable' mobility-related interventions with potential to be deployed in urban areas.

The partners of the project have published short summaries with the results that aroused from the study of 22 categories of intervention. The summaries cover topics such as Clean vehicles and fuels, Urban freight, Demand management strategies, Mobility management, Collective passenger transport and Transport telematics.Each summary contains a score for the strength of economic benefit and for the amount of evidence readily available, as well as the time frame that you should expect to see the benefits.

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Congratulations to TSG Network for savings of 2.458.853Km of car trips and 397 tonnes of CO2!
During the period of 3 project years 2014 – 2017, the Traffic Snake Game (TSG) took place in 19 countries.The Traffic Snake Game is a fun campaign to promote walking and cycling to school for children (aged 4-12), their parents and teachers.TSG Network is coordinated by Mobiel 21 (Belgium) and includes a consortium of National Focal Points (NFPs) in 18 EU countries.

So far, the impressive amount of 177.587 pupils and 1.192 schools played the game in a total of 507 cities. The EU-wide savings in this period reached 2.458.853 kilometres of car trips and 397 tonnes of CO2!

The project team aims to establish an effective EU-wide and long-term support network to replicate, transfer and expand the uptake of the Traffic Snake Game. Have a look at this video to see how the campaign works and join the network!

List of all national focal points.
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