Low-Carbon Public Transport for Central Europe

Low-Carbon Public Transport for Central Europe

Source of funding

European Commission Interreg Central Europe 2014-2020

Name of client/donor

Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH

Consortium members

Leipzig Transport Company, Central German Transport Association, City of Leipzig, Salzburg AG for Energy Transportation and Telecommunication, City of Brno, City of Koprivnica, University of North Croatia, Electric Tramways Parma, Zabierzow Commune, Szeged Transport Ltd.

Overall project value

EUR 2,714,974


June 2017 – May 2020

Beneficiary countries

Austria | Croatia | Czech Republic | Germany | Hungary | Italy | Poland

Number of staff


The LOW-CARB project is funded by Interreg Central Europe as one of its Priority 2 projects, “Cooperating on low-carbon strategies in Central Europe”. Projects funded under this priority are aimed at increasing the use of renewable energies and improving energy efficiency while exploiting the economic growth potential of the low-carbon sector. They contribute to enhancing knowledge and skills with regard to the efficient energy management of public infrastructure; and will develop and implement territorially based low-carbon strategies and support mobility in functional urban areas, thus helping to tackle the challenges that Central Europe is facing in relation to energy production and consumption.

The goal of the project is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by prioritising low-carbon public transport; promoting combined mobility offers such as bike sharing (supported by solar-powered e-bike charging stations); and supporting multimodal information services to encourage shared mobility. Overall, LOW-CARB’s strategies, action plans, tools and pilot actions will reduce CO2 emissions by almost 60,000 tons by 2020.

The LOW-CARB project will build capacity for integrated low-carbon mobility planning in the functional urban areas of large, medium and small cities. Through links with sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMPs), the project will work towards ensuring institutional coordination and cooperation, including joint financing and public investments in low-carbon mobility systems.

The REC’s role will include transferring strategies and tools and lessons learned via trainings and public events so as to raise awareness, increase knowledge and foster experience transfer on integrated low-carbon mobility planning in functional urban areas across Central Europe. 

As leader of the communications work package, the REC will:

  • promote the project and its results in order to foster awareness and engage transport stakeholders;
  • publish and disseminate all project results and lessons learned via a web-based Central Europe SUMP Competence Centre; through a series of print and online publications (e.g. handbooks and factsheets); and by means of a dedicated thematic workshop series, a larger stakeholder engagement event, an open call for potential take-up cities and a final exploitation event (in Vienna or Leipzig);
  • facilitate public–private partnerships by involving companies in integrated local/regional low-carbon mobility planning processes (e.g. company travel plans);
  • organise public and targeted transnational, regional and local promotion activities and events for LOW-CARB in the framework of European Mobility Week and European Energy Week; and
  • contribute to capacity-building activities and trainings.
  • Capacity building
  • Information dissemination
  • Awareness raising
  • Publishing
  • Event organisation

Project Publications