EfficienCE is a cooperation project funded by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE programme that aims 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 is achieved by supporting local authorities, public transport authorities and operators by developing planning and financing 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 are 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.
In July and August 2020, the trolleybus operator PKT (Gdynia, Poland) has filmed the virtual tour of the trolleybus depot, so visitors can have a deep insight to the different locations by listening to individual experts and using the 360 degree videos.
One and a half year passed since a new Central European cooperation project has been kicked off. City authorities, public transport companies, universities and sustainable mobility consultants joined forces to explore and test energy efficiency measures and the role of renewable energies in public transport systems.
It is of paramount importance for BKK Centre for Budapest Transport to turn to green technologies in order to contribute to the sustainable development of Budapest along with its transport on the one hand, and to make Budapest more liveable on the other hand.
PKT attempts to limit existing energy losses in the trolleybus traction network by retrieving unused recuperated braking energy generated by trolleybuses, with the implementation of an energy inverter system which will divert the wasted energy to power the depot building.
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.
--> Discover more about EfficienCE project in the flyer, available in the following languages and versions: en, cz, de/at, hu, it, pl, si
--> You are kindly invited to show the commitment of your organisation towards energy efficiency in public transport by signing the EfficienCE Declaration, downloadable HERE. More information about the Declaration and list of signatories can be found HERE.