The SIMPLA project, coordinated by AREA SCIENCE PARK, presented in Dubrovnik
The Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), promoted by the European Commission in the 2011 Transport White Paper and in the 2013 Urban Mobility Package, is one of the main tools promoted at European level to respond in an integrated way to transport and mobility needs in urban and suburban areas.
The SUMP starts from the analysis of the state of play and identifies the reference scenarios for plan timeframes, integrating and standardizing the existing urban planning instruments; based on the analysis of environmental, social and economic critical issues, it identifies and develops the objectives to be pursued and the possible actions needed.
The SEAP, Sustainable Energy Action Plan, is a plan adopted by the municipalities participating in the Covenant of Mayors, an initiative launched by the European Commission to actively involve European cities in the EU strategy towards energy and environmental sustainability.
By joining the SEAP, local authorities commit to reducing CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020. The Covenant allows local authorities to commit to reducing pollutant emissions through measures that modernize public administrations while having a direct impact on the quality of life of citizens.
The project SIMPLA (Sustainable Integrated Multi-sector PLAnning), led by AREA SCIENCE PARK, starts from the analysis of the SEAPs and the SUMPs, which influence each other during their implementation, to support local authorities in the coordinated development of integrated planning instruments in terms of energy management and mobility, proposing a coordinated approach to the development of these instruments, and creating integrated plans for sustainable energy and mobility in 30 cities and urban centres with a population between 50,000 and 350,000 inhabitants.
The SIMPLA project was presented in Dubrovnik by Fabio Tomasi and Luca Mercatelli, who illustrated the “Guidelines for the development of integrated planning instruments” developed in the context of the project in which Italy participates, besides AREA SCIENCE PARK, through Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia and Regione Toscana, during the Fourth EU Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, the main annual event that brings together practitioners, policy makers, city staff and academics from across Europe to share ideas and experiences in urban mobility planning.
In the coming months, public authorities will be involved in training activities that include the creation of working groups on such issues as multi-level governance strategies, planning policies and instruments, financial and operational instruments and implementation models in the fields of energy, transport, mobility, urban and spatial planning.