Project “BSR electric”

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BSR electric is co-financed by Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020.

Project number #R071.

Fostering e-mobility solutions in urban areas in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR electric)

E- vehicles produce significantly less CO2 and noise emissions and are therefore the ideal means of transport in an urban context given the relatively short distances.The common challenge of all partner countries are the EU’s ambitious targets for the reduction of transport sector emissions and the aim to phase out conventionally fueled vehicles in urban transport by 2050.

While national promotion strategies for e-mobility have primarily focused on individual car use, other potential applications have received less attention. These include:

  • Electric delivery vans and trucks that could greatly reduce the CO2 and noise emissions of the urban logistics sector
  • Urban companies and public authorities operating large fleets of cars, e.g. for maintenance workers, that could be replaced by e-vehicles
  • E-bikes (rented/owned) that can be used by commuters travel the last mile to their workplace or for business trips in inner cities
  • E-buses to make public transport even more environmentally friendly if routes, charging infrastructure and operational routines are planned and designed effectively
  • E-scooters to increase the accessibility of public places such as cemeteries and hospitals for people with impaired mobility, there by strengthening social inclusion
  • Electric ferries and water taxis to complement public transport systems in the many coastal cities of the Baltic Sea Region.

The project will guide public authorities, companies, transport planners and operators in the process of integrating e-mobility into urban transport strategies and help them take informed decisions about investments into e-mobility. BSR electric there by contributes to a reduction of CO2 emissions and to a substantial improvement of living conditions in cities that suffer from air and noise pollution created  by fossil-fueled transport.

Project objective

BSR electric aims to enhance the utilisation of e-mobility in urban transport systems by exploring un-seized potentials and demonstrating applications of various types of urban e-mobility such as electric city logistics, e- bikes, e-buses, e-scooters and e-ferries.

Main activities

Experience with practical implementation of these multiple applications of e-mobility solutions in BSR cities is still limited. The project partners will first explore the technical state-of-the-art, status quo and potentials of e-mobility in the partner regions. This preparatory phase will be followed by demonstration actions in the above named themes in the involved cities, each of which will result in transferable concepts or recommendations. By building mutual learning partnerships and organising webinars, study vists and capacity building seminars the consortium will ensure constant exchange of experience and know-how between the involved cities and with experts from cities beyond the partnership. The exchange will feed into theme-specific recommendations, an online learning module for urban transport stakeholders and a “Baltic Sea Region Road map for Urban E-Mobility”.

  • Analysis and overview of e-mobility in the Baltic Sea Region
  • Demonstration of activities, feasibility studies and stakeholder analyses
  • Development of specific recommendations based upon findings and results of piloting activities
  • Creation of BSR roadmap on e-mobility, compiling best practices and specific results
  • Dissemination of results and capacity building programmes

Project duration

01.10.2017 – 30.09.2020 (36 months)

Project budget

The total project budget is 3 831 591,40  EUR.

SIA “Ardenis” is a project partner with the budget of 174 700 EUR.

Project partners

  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Lead Partner
  • ATI Küste GmbH Association for Technology and Innovation (Rostock, Germany)
  • Høje-Taastrup Municipality (Denmark)
  • Lindholmen Science Park AB (Sweden)
  • Zero Emission Resource Organisation (ZERO) (Norway)
  • Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
  • Green Net Finland (Finland)
  • Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY (Finland)
  • Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS) (Estonia)
  • Tartu City Government (Estonia)
  • LTD Ardenis (Latvia)
  • Riga City Council (Latvia)
  • City of Gdansk (Poland)
  • Urban Transport Administration Gothenburg (Sweden)
  • Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Borough of Bergedorf (Germany)

Additional information:

Project manager, Arturs Dombrovskis, phone +371 29284275

Project is co-financed by:

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 (Project number #R071).

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