Walking and cycling through safer, friendlier and greener neighbourhoods
Successful examples of temporary interventions in Latin American cities were presented in order to inspire and provide the technical elements necessary for their replication. The proposed temporary interventions are of fast execution, of low cost and of high impact and seek to recover non-used public spaces or that have been assigned to non-sustainable uses (parking lots, streets, etc.) in order to activate local communities, generate awareness about the occupation of these spaces by the community and from there push for the permanent implementation and scaling-up of these interventions. Some of the interventions proposed are Zones 30, shared streets, bike paths, among others, which are always combined with recreational, cultural and community activities. The webinar also included details about the organization of the Day of Walking and Cycling to School.
Sustainable Urban Mobility in Action
Sustainable transport solutions offer significant mitigation potential and are essential in meeting the climate goals. There is an urgent need for action towards zero emission mobility solution. The mitigation potential of transport is further enhanced by moving towards compact cities, short distance trips and clean modes of transport. Improvements and actions towards increased resilience and adaptive capacity of key transport infrastructure, networks and services, are key to combat the impacts of climate change,including preparedness, protection, response and recovery.
New mobility modes, such as e-scooters, have expanded very fast in cities in developed and developing countries. These new mobility modes pose both opportunities and challenges for sustainable urban mobility that need to be addressed in a way that supports innovative approaches, provides flexibility and adapts quickly to the changing environments and industries. At the same time, the regulations need to ensure that their use compromises neither safety nor public space. In this context, the Urban Pathways Project has put together a webinar, intended for city-level officials and technical staff, where representatives from European and Latin American municipalities, e-scooters operators, as well as from research institutions share their views and experience on how to regulate these new modes in an effective manner.
The current training course on EcoDistricts aims to provide an overview of the concept of EcoDistrict and explore the various global practices in conceptualising and implementing EcoDistricts in cities. The course will introduce to the participants the various stakeholders that need to be involved in conceptualising and implementing EcoDistricts.
This course covers the basics of electric vehicles, their advantages to create cleaner cities and reduce dependence on fossil-fuels. The course shares examples and practices on creating the foundation for electric vehicle infrastructure in cities. The course will also provide additional resources for participants to get more information on electric vehicles.
What are Feed-in Tariffs?
Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) are a policy measure in which producers of electricity are offered a set price for any electricity they feed-into the electricity grid
FITs provide investment security by offering a pre-set price for electricity generated, which otherwise would vary greatly
The costs for FITs can be borne by consumers directly, (as in Germany), by taxpayers (as in the Netherlands), or a combination of the two approaches (as in Spain)
Our second Webinar about EcoDistricts will take place on September 4th and will go in depth about the possible interventions in the sectors of energy and resources at the neighborhood level. It will also include the topic of how urban infrastructure projects can be financed. The Urban Pathways team organised a series of webinars on EcoDistricts in Spanish in the context of the EcoDistricts Design Contest launched by the Metropolitan Institute of Urban Planning of Quito (IMPU by its Spanish acronym). The second Webinar on EcoDistricts will take place on September 4th, where six experts from Mexico, Venezuela and Ecuador will go in depth about the possible interventions in the sectors of energy and resources at the neighbourhood level. It will also include the topic of how urban infrastructure projects can be financed.
Transforming Waste into Wealth: Global Challenge, Local Solutions
Cities play a key role in meeting the ambitious climate, sustainability and urban development objectives defined in the Paris Agreement, Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in recent years. Urban areas are not only responsible for 80% of energy consumption and 75% of GHG emissions, but also for 2.1 billion tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) generated worldwide each year. The amount of waste produced by individuals is growing daily and costs for waste management often account for a big share of the local governments’ budget.
Population growth, urbanisation, rising income and the emergence of a middle class in developing countries will increase the demand for new buildings, infrastructures and products and thus boost the use of raw materials, while at the same time these trends will increase waste generation