One of the priorities of the new European Commission is the creation of a European Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy.
The Commissioners are currently discussing how to create this Union and are expected to come forward with a strategy towards the end of February.
In this framework, AVERE has joined forces with a number of related association to call upon the Commission to include in this exercice a comprehensive strategy for the electrification of transport.
A joint letter was signed by several major stakeholders such as Eurelectric, UITP, Polis, T&E, … as well as AVERE.
The organisations argued among other things that “a progressive electrification of transport, ranging from private vehicles to public transport and rail, can help diversify our energy sources, improve energy efficiency, air quality and reduce oil imports. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions from transport and helps balance increasing variability in the power sector.”
The full version of the letter is here: http://www.avere.org/www/Images/files/TE%20JointLetter_electrification%20energy%20union_V4%20final_com.pdf
The Light Electric Vehicle Association Chairman, Edward Benjamin, has announced a set of awards to be presented during 2015. Nominations for these awards may be made by any interested party, and should be emailed, along with an explanation of the reasons they deserve the award to: ed@LEVassociation.com
There are no exact criteria for the awards, and all nominations will be considered. Final decisions on the awards will be made by LEVA appointed judges, and announcement of the awards will be made at Taipei Cycle.
- Company of the Year: this award will go to the company that is regarded as being the most influential on the industry in recent years. As is the case with the Time Magazine “Person of the Year” this is not a popularity contest, but recognition of affect on the industry — good or bad.
- Innovator of the Year: this award will go to an individual or company that leads in innovative thinking. This could be business model, technical or design innovation.
- Corporate Citizen of the Year: this will go to a company that demonstrates responsible business practices, treats their staff and customers with dignity and care and supports the industry with a “we all win together” attitude and practice.
- Cross Cultural Leader of the Year: this will go to an individual or a company that demonstrates effective leadership in successful cross cultural problem solving or success creation.
- Leaders and Founders Medals: several awards to be given to individuals who have played important roles in the creation and expansion of the Light Electric Vehicle industry. This may include business, academic, or government leaders. Founders awards will be limited to those whose contributions occurred before 2000.
- Bright Light Medal: this award will go to the company or individual that shows great promise, but has just begun in the LEV industry.
AVERE is a partner in the FP7 project, SOLUTIONS- Sharing Opportunities for Low carbon Urban transportation (www.urban-solutions-mobility.eu). The project is aimed at stimulating exchange on innovative and green urban mobility solutions between cities in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean.
On Friday 27 February, Solutions in cooperation with the UN-Habitat Urban Electric Mobility Iniative (unhabitat.org/action-platform-on-urban-electric-mobility-initiative-uemi/) organises a workshop on electric mobility in Brussels, which will be hosted by the European Commission.
The agenda of the workshop is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xqdii404m1lb9ef/UEMI-SOL-EV_workshop_invitation.pdf?dl=0
Registration is closed but should you be interested in participating please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, since there may still be a few seats left.