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11 December 2008 - PR 08/165

TRAVEL PLAN PLUS – The Future Direction for Travel Plans in Europe

Academics at Loughborough University are leading a new European project aimed at reducing the energy use of Europe’s transport sector.

The project, which wants to promote greener, cleaner travel choices and reduce the reliance on the car, is called TRAVEL PLAN PLUS, which stands for “Travel Reduction Attainment Via Energy-efficient Localities Planning”.

It aims to deliver energy savings by creating a new approach to site-based mobility management across Europe, ultimately helping companies and organisations with their travel planning. It will see the concept of ‘Local Travel Plan Networks’ being applied in the municipal areas of Bages (Spain), Gyor (Hungary), Stockholm (Sweden) and Cambridgeshire (UK). These implementations will consider a range of existing conditions and transport issues, including problems associated with transport for/around industrial estates, educational premises, airports and development corridors.

Loughborough University’s Dr Marcus Enoch, Professor Stephen Ison and Chris Carter – all from the Department of Civil and Building Engineering – will be working with a consortium of partners on the project.

It is predicted that in the next 20-30 years around 70% of the EU’s energy requirements will be met by imported products, much of which will come from regions that are threatened by political insecurity. Recent predictions also suggest that without significant action, CO2 emissions are expected to increase in the region of 60% by 2030. There is therefore a need to promote and foster energy efficiency within the EU, which Local Travel Plan Networks encourage.

The transport sector accounts for over 30% of the total energy consumption of the EU, and 98% of this depends on fossil fuels. It is therefore essential that the transport sector addresses its energy consumption, by taking radical steps to substantially reduce consumption and emissions and enabling companies to reduce the impact of travel and transport on the environment.

One measure to help promote energy savings would be the wide scale adoption of travel plans by organisations, schools, authorities and industrial and residential areas. There have been isolated cases of success to date, mainly in the education sector, and there is therefore a need for a more robust, strategic approach using the notion of Local Travel Plan Networks and the TRAVEL PLAN PLUS project.

This initiative aims to reduce energy and promote energy efficiency while maintaining economic growth and quality of life.

The TRAVEL PLAN PLUS project is due to last 30 months and has an overall budget of 1 Million Euros. It is being funded by the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation under its “Intelligent Energy – Europe” Programme.

For more information, please log on to www.travelplanplus.eu

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Notes for editors:

  • The consortium partners are:
    • Loughborough University (UK)
    • Mobycon (NL)
    • Cambridgeshire County Council Travel for Work Partnership (UK)
    • Swedish Road Administration, Stockholm Region (SE)
    • Municipality of Gyor (HU)
    • Consell Comarcal del Bages (ES)

  • The Department of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University’s website: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/cv/

  • The Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation’s “Intelligent Energy – Europe” website: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/intelligent/index_en.html

  • Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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