The development of Europe´s urban centres is in many ways
linked with the development of sustainable mobility options. Changes
in behaviour, economic growth or recession and structure of the
population are factors that have an immediate impact on transport
and mobility patterns. Cities and regions are the place where the
most complex challenges in transport and environment need to be
Air quality has unquestionably adverse effects on human health.
Because the dominant source of environmental impacts in most urban
areas is traffic, local and regional authorities must find efficient
and integrated solutions for their environmental and traffic problems
to increase the quality of life for its citizens. The pressure on
European cities and regions to implement the related EU regulations
on air quality has led to a multitude of initiatives to develop
a concrete sustainability perspective, which compromises between
environmental quality and economic growth.
However, the absence of a common approach for the implementation
of these regulations has led to isolated solutions which requires
an initiative for a) developing better solutions, b) more efficient
solutions, c) solutions which go beyond the obligations of the related
EU directives, d) creating synergies and e) sharing the know-how,
knowledge and experiences.
The INTERREG IIIC programme – through which the CITEAIR Project
is co-financed — offers excellent opportunities to stimulate
the co-operation among European cities and regions regarding sustainable
The core cities Leicester (UK), Paris (FR),
Prague (CZ), Rotterdam (NL), Rome (I) and most of the fol-lower
cities Munich (DE), Coventry (UK), den Hague (NL), Bratislava (SK)
and Brussels (BE) have a solid base of previous and ongoing work
in the area of transport and environmental management, as part of
their efforts to obtain sustainable development for their regions.
In most of the cities there exists poli-cies, an infrastructure
of hardware and software tools, an excellent knowledge about environmental
effects and appropriate abatement methods.
The region of Emilia-Romagna Region (I) will also be involved
in the project as a Transfer Region, where better environmental
and traffic solutions are required. Here, the knowledge and experiences
of the core cities will be transferred.
The overall objectives of CITEAIR are:
- to jointly develop better and more efficient solutions for
assessing the impact of traffic on air quality in large urban
areas using Information Society Technologies,
- to inform professional users and the public on the environmental
situation based on common guidelines and
- to give guidance on efficient measures to abate adverse
environmental situations through close co-operation, experience
exchange and joint developments with European Cities and Regions.