Carbon responsible transport strategies for the North Sea Area

2009 - 2012
The aim of CARE-North was to develop a comprehensive, strategic and practical approach to urban and regional transport/accessibility in the North Sea Region in the context of climate change and declining oil supplies.
While the North Sea Region deals with the effects of climate change, transport-related CO2 emissions continue to increase. There is an urgent need to develop and implement carbon reduction strategies and to secure an ongoing energy supply for transport. CARE-North has developed and proposed to implement innovative carbon reduction strategies for urban and regional transport to maintain and improve accessibility in a more carbon-responsible way, and to make the region a leader in carbon-efficient accessibility. The area had huge potential for innovative transport strategies, which considerably improved its economic performance in a post-fossil economy. To achieve this potential, however, transnational collaboration was needed both in terms of building political support and momentum, as well as in concrete terms of establishing uniform standards and infrastructure across the region. Innovative actions was implemented as lighthouse projects and assessed, particularly for CO2 emissions. Results and ideas were disseminated widely throughout the duration of the project, exchanging knowledge and international learning not only among the CARE-North cities and partners, but also at a broader level. The project was led by the City of Bremen, with ICLEI acting as sub-partner. The project team was completed by four communities (the Province of Fryslan, NL; the City of Malmö, SE; the City of Gothenburg, SE; and the Aberdeen City Council, UK), and four organisations (swb AG, the energy and service provider for Bremen; VBG AG, the transport operator for Bremerhaven; Metro, West Yorkshire's Integrated Transport Authority; and the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen).