Carbon responsible transport strategies for the North Sea Area - CARE-North plus


Transport and mobility – a challenge. The approach of the project reflected several European policy areas – from health aspects, clean air and noise abatement, energy supply and fuel policy and the transport sector with its White Paper and Action Plan on Urban Mobility. The project had its basis in the further development of innovative mobility solutions on the local and regional showcase level. It combined the successful implementation of innovative measures in the partner sites with enhanced activities in presenting and politically promoting the insights of CARE-North. 

01/09/2013 - 30/06/2016
3 - Improving the Accessibility of Places in the North Sea Region
ERDF Grant
457,500.00 €
ERDF Equivalent
67,500.00 €
Total Eligible Budget
525,000.00 €
Lead Beneficiary
City of Bremen
Michael Glotz-Richter
Tel: +49 421 361 6703
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Beneficiaries per Country
City of Bremen
Nehlsen GmbH & Co. KG
City of Malmö
United Kingdom
METRO - West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority
Aberdeen City Council
The Robert Gordon University
The Netherlands
Province of Fryslân
Hordaland County Council
City of Bergen
Background and Aim

CARE-North+ aimed to:

  • Promote a comprehensive, strategic and practical approach to urban and regional transport/ accessibility in the North Sea Region in the context of climate change and declining oil supplies
  • Dissemate existing and new project results

While the North Sea Region deals with the effects of climate change, the traditional understanding of transport is leading to a continued increase in CO2 emissions, undermining other climate protection efforts. The North Sea Region needs to prepare future perspectives also for higher costs of energy – thus also for transport. The North Sea Region needs to prepare future perspectives also for higher costs of energy – thus also for transport.

The combination of these two factors demands a re-thinking of the concept of “transport” (building more road transport infrastructure) to a broader notion of “accessibility” (citizens’ ability to meet their daily social, health, personal and economic needs safely, comfortably and conveniently) as we start to adjust to a post-fossil mobility.

The communication strategies included presentations on international conferences, e-newsletters, workshops, seminars, network dissemination, database use, cooperation with third partners (EEA, city networks, North Sea Commission, etc.). This served to raise the profile of the North Sea Region as a future-focussed, liveable, sustainable, and accessible region.

  • Transnational review of the strategies for infrastructure development, marketing efforts and demonstration under the aspects of the recent EU 'Clean Fuel Strategy'
  • Policy recommendations for local and regional strategies and policies serving for the experience with real life implementation under specific local/regional conditions (e.g. fiscal, legal, climate, topography etc.)
  • Promotion of the new mobility culture campaigns / travel plan schemes

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