EfficienCE was a cooperation project funded by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE programme that aimed at reducing the carbon footprint in the region. Most central European cities have extensive public transport systems, which can form the basis of low-carbon mobility services. More than 63% of commuters in the region are using public transport. Measures to increase the energy efficiency and share of renewables in public transport infrastructure can thus have a particularly high impact on reducing CO2.
This was achieved by supporting local authorities, public transport authorities and operators by developing planning strategies and action plans, implementing pilot actions, developing tools and trainings to plan and operate low-carbon infrastructure, and by transferring knowledge and best practices on energy-efficient measures across Central European regions.
Twelve partners, including seven public transport authorities/companies from seven countries were working together for three years to exploit the untapped potentials in this sector and to contribute to the EU’s ‘White Paper’ goals to cut transport emissions by 60 percent by 2050 and to halve the use of ‘conventionally fuelled’ cars in urban transport by 2030.
BKK finalised its Action Plan for Energy-efficient PT Infrastructure Deployment funded in the EfficienCE Interreg project. The document specifies the decarbonisation process of Budapest’s public transport sector for the 2022-2050 timeframe.
After 3.5 years of successful cooperation, the final conference of the long-term project EfficienCE with 12 project partners from seven Central and Eastern European countries took place on June 10, 2022, in the Design Offices in Leipzig.
On 24 March 2022, Magyar CIVINET and the INTERREG CE EfficienCE project held a joint on-site meeting in Pécs (Hungary). The one-day event titled „The new directions in electromobility” ended with a site visit to the bus depot.
The development of electromobility involves the development of electric cars charging infrastructure. The analysis, prepared by the colleagues of Gdansk University of Technology, discusses four options of integrating electric cars chargers with a traction power supply system.
Apart from knowledge and digital tools, the implementation of measures increasing energy efficiency requires hardware in most cases and hard-to-acquire, complex technological equipment in many.
As part of the EfficienCE project and its online repositoryEfficienCE Toolkit, the project’s consortium incorporated an open marketplace that fosters the exchange of new technologies and pieces of equipment. The marketplace aims to give an overview on niche hardware and solutions supporting planning and monitoring energy-efficient public transport infrastructure.
Therefore, we are calling to providers in the field to populate the marketplace to allow finding new technologies and pieces of equipment in and outside Central Europe. If you are interested in presenting your technologies and solutions on the EfficienCE marketplace, please contact Lisa Blondrath (email@example.com) with the name of your company, a short description of your product(s), its application area and target groups.
The Toolkit is available here: https://tools4efficience.eu/
Online training programme
The Interreg EfficienCE project organised an online course on energy-efficient public transport infrastructure technologies deployment, aiming to enable public transport operators/ companies, as well as practitioners at public administrations, to learn about the concept and practical implications of different technologies. The participants are introduced to the overall topic, given examples of technologies and solutions available and tested in (Central) Europe, and will have access to specific use cases based on the evaluation of pilot actions deployed during the project on the main topics of the EfficienCE project: 1) energy efficiency for depots, 2) multipurpose PT infrastructure use & 3) energy storage in PT infrastructure.
The online course is available here: https://www.mobility-academy.eu/course/index.php?categoryid=53
Thematic work packages
The EfficienCE activities are organised in three thematic work packages: WP T1 Strategies and management approaches for improving energy efficiency in PT infrastructures, WP T2 Capacity building, evaluation and development of toolkits and WP T3 Pilots for testing and implementing novel energy saving and RES integration technologies.
Work package T1
In this WP strategies and innovative managerial approaches for planning, financing and deploying energy-efficient public transport infrastructures, including new ways of data-based planning (e.g. PT infrastructure cadastre in Leipzig/Budapest or concept for integration of RE into e-bus charging infrastructure in Bergamo) will be developed.
Work package T2
TP T2 aims to strengthen the capacity of the public transport sector by providing capacity building measures like workshops/trainings, handbooks and a Central European tool repository providing access to innovative tools and services to improve energy efficiency in public transport.
Work package T3
A key part of the project is the pilot application of novel energy saving technologies in public transport infrastructures, being “first-of-its-kind” in Central Europe ranging from renewable energy integration into metro stations (Vienna) and trolley depots (Gdynia) to upgrade a substation for multipurpose use of existing public transport infrastructure (Maribor) and new buffer storage technologies (Pilsen).
ERDF funding in mio EUR
The EfficienCE Project brings together 12 partners from 7 Central European Countries.
Public EfficienCE documents and publications are available for download in this section.