Merwede is a neighbourhood in Utrecht, one of the fastest growing cities in the Netherlands. An old industrial area, it is now undergoing a transformation process based on urban planning criteria that puts clean and shared mobility ahead of the existing prioritisation of road traffic.The demolition works have begun in 2020 and the final project includes sustainable housing for around 12,000 people (the first residents are expected to move in by 2024). The new neighbourhood of Merwede will enable residents to access all the services on foot or using bicycles.
clean and non-motorised transport
Szabihíd is a non-profit cultural event, an occasion for the pedestrian use of the Liberty Bridge. Its aim is to bring people closer to urban spaces, to their city and to the river that runs through it, and uncover the opportunities lying in our public spaces.
The municipality of Rotterdam and the Rotterdam Port Authority want to develop M4H (Merwe-Vierhavens, a 100 years old harbour area in the City of Rotterdam, a brownfield area with heavily polluted soil) into an innovative living-work environment, optimally equipped for innovative manufacturing industry and with a mix of working, residential, culture, catering, sports and education. An energetic district with an impact on both the city and the port.
In 2017, the municipality and the Port Authority formulated five objectives for M4H:
The historic centre of Rotterdam had to be rebuilt after World War II. At the time, planners thought of the city centre not as a place to live, but as a place where people came to work and shop. As a result, many tall buildings were erected and wide roads were created for cars. In recent decades, however, city leaders have realised that this is unsustainable and have started to plan on a 'pedestrian-friendly', 'people-friendly' scale: they have started to develop cycling infrastructure, reduce car traffic, create new housing units, etc.
In Lyon, France, the east bank of the river has undergone a transformation that has taken the former ports from a riverside car park, to a varied public space that will facilitate relaxation and socialising and encourage both city dwellers and wider Lyon residents to use sustainable transport options.
For 100 years the “Kabelwerk” (former called the ‘Kabel- und Drahtwerke AG’) was one of the districts leading companies and its largest employer. The company’s closure in December 1997 gave rise to a large-scale planning and citizens’ participation process initiated by the city of Vienna and the district Meidling. Already on the 30 May 1996 local residents were invited to participate in a workshop and invited to collaborate.
Wohnderjet Agro H20 is a new generation spraying system, which provides agricultural stakeholders with unbelievable efficiency in plant protection. Thanks to the innovative design of the sprayer nozzle, the company has taken spraying with drones to a new level. Wohnderjet technology is built on the CDA principle (Controlled Droplet Application), it controls every element of the drop forming process. Drone networkbased precision meteorological support is offered by the company.
Hellovelo Corporation specialises in electric bicycle fleet rental and operation, enabling employers to expand their company benefit structure with top of the range, premium quality electric bicycles. Electric bikes innovatively support environmental protection and the health of employees, while being more cost-effective than ordinary car fleets. Hellovelo provides these vehicles and ensures their continuous maintenance.
TIER Mobility is the leading shared micromobility provider in Europe, with a mission to Change Mobility for Good. By providing people with a range of light electric vehicles, from e-scooters to e-bikes and e-mopeds, TIER helps cities reduce their dependence on cars. TIER currently operates in 155+ cities in 16 countries across Europe and the Middle East. TIER has been climate neutral since 2020.
AgeVolt is aligned to UN Sustainable Development Goals of Climate Action and Affordable & Clean Energy. The company’s intelligent energy management system connects to an existing electrical connection and uses the building’s available reserved capacity. It ensures that the EV charging is optimised through dynamic load balancing and enables grid demand balancing on a local/municipal/ regional level. This reduces the capital and operational costs by 20% and is energy efficient.