Next Friday 23 October, from 17:00 to 19:00, the European project CD-Clean Urban Mobility COVID19 will be presented online as part of Green Week, financed by the COVID-19 call for proposals launched by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology in Urban Mobility (EIT Urban Mobility). This was one of the11 projects approved by EIT Urban Mobility in the 5-million-euro extraordinary call for proposals against the COVID-19 pandemic. CD-Clean Urban Mobility COVID19 is an innovative, environmental, scalable and inspiring solution for mobility infrastructures such as bus, metro, airport and train stations.
Green Week is held every year in October and this year in particular highlights the contribution that biodiversity can make to society and the economy as well as the role it can play in supporting and stimulating recovery in a post-pandemic world, generating jobs and sustainable growth. Under this premise, the main objective of the CD-Clean Urban Mobility project COVID19 is to demonstrate the application of an aqueous solution with maximum antiseptic effect for the disinfection and protection of public spaces such as public transport, against the spread of the virus. Its solution will facilitate people’s daily lives and reduce the negative impact of chemicals on our environment, which are harmful to human health and are concentrated in wastewater.
Led by the global corporation Ferrovial, through its subsidiary Ditecpesa, the project involves companies and organisations from Spain, Belgium and Poland such as Ferrovial, Barcelona City Council, the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (MAB), Metropolitans Transports of Barcelona (MTB) and the Finnova Foundation in Brussels. This powerful consortium, with the support of EIT Urban Mobility, will present the project accompanied by other international speakers, members of the European institutions, managers of renowned European projects such as Proptech and that of the coworking space located in the heart of Brussels Workero. They will share the challenges of urban mobility and public spaces in the post-COVID-19 era, as well as the European funding tools dedicated to these innovations such as COVID19 CD-Clean Urban Mobility.
The commitment of the members of this project is both to the health crisis, urban mobility, as well as to the climate emergency. This is why the CD-Clean Urban Mobility COVID19 project is committed to the 2030 Programme for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: 3 (Good Health and Well-being); 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation); 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy); 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth); 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure); 13 (Climate Action) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).
The webinar “CD-Clean Urban Mobility long-lasting disinfection” will be the right space for all those who celebrate innovation and see moments of crisis as an opportunity for green and sustainable change. Although, due to the pandemic, an average of 40% of users among the countries of the European Union have lost confidence in public transport and the World Tourism Organization predicted a decline in the tourism sector from 60% to 80% in 2020 compared to 2019. In this sense, projects such as CD-Clean Urban Mobility COVID19 provide ecological and sustainable alternatives that will allow this confidence to be regained.
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EIT Urban Mobility:
EIT Urban Mobility aims to accelerate solutions and the transition to an integrated, user-centred and truly multimodal transport system. As Europe’s leading urban mobility innovation community, EIT Urban Mobility aims to avoid fragmentation by encouraging collaboration between cities, businesses, education, research and innovation to solve the most urgent challenges cities must face. The universities, companies and research centres of this community work hand in hand with the cities, which serve as testing grounds to demonstrate how new technologies can solve real problems in real cities by transporting people, goods and waste intelligently.
Last May, EIT Urban Mobility launched a 5-million-euro European call for proposals to fund 11 innovation projects related to COVID-19.
For more information: www.eiturbanmobility.eu
It is one of the leading global infrastructure operators, committed to the development of sustainable solutions. The company is listed on the IBEX 35, forms part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good, and applies the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, signed by the company in 2002, to all its operations.
Ditecpesa, leads this innovative project and is the one who has joined the efforts of startups through its open promotion. www.ferrovial.com/es-es/ditecpesa/
Belgian foundation that supports the financing of innovation in companies, regions and municipalities. Its areas of expertise are technology transfer and innovation in sustainable development, the circular economy, water and waste management, employment and youth, ICT and tourism. In this project Finnovaregio is in charge of the communication and legal dimension. www.finnova.eu
Metropolitan area of Barcelona (MAB):
It is the public administration of the metropolis of Barcelona, a large urban conurbation formed by a total of 36 municipalities. It designs and plans metropolitan mobility and manages metropolitan public transport services. Among the main services, the MBA plans and manages the Metropolitan Bus and the Metro. It is precisely in these two services that the MBA is coordinating, together with MTB, its own direct management operator, the pilot tests of the European CD-Clean project. www.amb.cat/s/es/
Metropolitan Transport of Barcelona (MTB):
It is the main public transport operator in Catalonia and a true benchmark for transport and citizen mobility companies in Europe and around the world. Together with the Metropolian area of Barcelona, it coordinates the pilot tests of CD-Clean, providing its facilities and means of transport for the first tests outside the laboratory. https://www.tmb.cat/es/home
Juliana Herrero Camarano
Chemical Engineer specialising in renewable energies