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Energie-Apéros Aargau

Im Rahmen der Energie-Apéros Aargau werden Dr. Merja Hoppe (Leiterin Forschungsbereich Nachhaltige Transportsysteme, Institut für Nachhaltige Entwicklung, ZHAW) und Dr. Andrea Del Duce (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Institut für Nachhaltige Entwicklung, ZHAW) an 3 Terminen im Januar 2018 über das Thema “Mobilität – die Gesellschaft bewegt sich” referieren. Die Energieapéros werden seit 1997 durchgeführt und bieten einer breiten Zielgruppe die einmalige Gelegenheit, Informationen über aktuelle Schwerpunktthemen aus dem Themenbereich Energie aus erster Hand zu erfahren und mit Vertretern aus Wirtschaft, Politik und Forschung zu diskutieren.


Baden, Donnerstag, 18. Januar 2018, 17:30-19:30 (Dr. Merja Hoppe)

Zofingen, Dienstag, 23. Januar 2018, 17:30-19:30 (Dr. Merja Hoppe)

Lenzburg, Donnerstag, 25. Januar 2018, 17:30-19:30 (Dr. Andrea Del Duce)

Weitere Informationen und Anmeldung unter Energie-Apéros Aargau.


INTEND (INtentify future Transport rEsearch NeeDs) – Kick-off Meeting

In mid-October, the new EU project INTEND (INtentify future Transport rEsearch NeeDs) with participation of the Institute of Sustainable Development of ZHAW was launched with the Kick-off Meeting at the National Transport Design Center at Coventry University (UK). The INTEND project is a one-year research project, funded by the European Union as a part of the Horizon 2020 research programme. It aims to reinforce the long-term competitiveness of the European transport sector, based on the development of a research agenda for a forward-looking transport sector. The overall objective is to deliver the European Commission officials as well as transport industry stakeholders, researchers and members of the public a study on the research needs and priorities of the European transport sector through systematic data collection.

The INTEND Consortium consists of:

  • Coventry University Enterprises Limited (CUE) – Coordinator of the INTEND project
  • Centre for Research and Technology Hellas / Hellenic Institute of Transport (CERTH/HIT)
  • University of Belgrade, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering (FTTE)
  • Technische Universität Berlin (TUB)
  • Zurich University of Applied Sciences / Institute of Sustainable Development (ZHAW/INE)

More information about the work structure, ongoing developments and first results will follow continously on this blog. Fur further information about INTEND, visit the project HOMEPAGE or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

The INTEND Consortium at the Kick-off Meeting at Coventry University (UK).

E-Destination Bodensee

E-Destination Bodensee: Results of a stakeholder survey on touristic e-mobility

The project E-Destination explores the potential of electric mobility for tourism in the Lake of Constance area. In this regard an online survey with relevant stakeholder groups was conducted. The stakeholders were asked to evaluate different aspects concerning touristic e-mobility in the region and critical factors that could contribute to an enhancement of e-mobility.

According to the stakeholders there is a notably lack of rental offers for e-cars for touristic use. On the other hand the infrastructure for e-bike rental and charging stations for both e-bikes and e-cars are ranked clearly better, but still with potential for improvement. At the same time the respondents are rating the information and communication of the e-mobility offers for tourists mostly as inadequate. Hence, the stakeholders consider communication and advertisement of e-mobility offers as one of the most important factors that can contribute to the rise of touristic e-mobility in the region. Other critical success factors are transnational mobility offers, standardized modes of use for charging stations and integrated mobility offers including public transport and e-mobility.

More information about the project can be found in this blog.

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Transforming the Swiss Mobility System towards sustainability

The current effects of the Swiss transport sector on greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption require a transformation towards a more sustainable mobility system. Identifying options and barriers of the current system for such a transformation allows deriving different action fields, which will provide the starting points for developing specific strategies.

These issues are targeted in our latest working paper, where we map options, barriers and action fields for the transformation of the Swiss mobility system. We do this on the basis of the insights gained in the SCCER Mobility research throughout the last years. A SWOT analysiy of the system is followed by specific action fields, in which concrete measures need to be developed in the future.

Transforming the Swiss Mobility System towards sustainability. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/318721872_Transforming_the_Swiss_Mobility_System_towards_sustainability [accessed Aug 3, 2017].

by Merja Hoppe and Tobias Michl

This research was supported by the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER) Efficient Technologies and Systems for Mobility, funded by the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI).
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ECE summer school 2017 – Combining spacial planning and mobility with MobINE

Every summer, the ECE summer school offers 30 international students the possibility to attend a three-week lecture period in Switzerland. Organized and coordinated by the Swiss Study Foundation, this year’s event is focused on the sustainable transformation of the current energy and mobility systems. Appropriately, SCCER Mobility appears as supporter for conveying lecturers and content for the events. MobINE as one of the SCCER-Mobility research groups contributed an excursion in Zurich, aiming at elaborating the issue of interdependencies of mobility and spatial development. This complex interplay can be observed very well in and around Zurich, a busy metropolitan area dealing with numerous spatial challenges.

After a short introduction at the ETH main building and having elaborated the possible development scenarios for Zurich’s university district, we moved on to our first stop: The former garden city of Schwamendingen located in the outskirts of Zurich. It has been subject to crucial expansion since the 1930s, which is also due to the attractive transport situation of this area. We discussed the possibilities to confront these challenges by increasing the population density without compromising resident’s well-being. The existing extensive green spaces were evaluated positively, however the concentration of services and shops in the far off district center (remnant of the concept of the garden city) were not. More spaces for spending time and meeting other people in the residential area itself, like cafés or cohesive parks, would be preferable.

The next stop led us to the highway A1 near Schwamendingen. As the residential areas advanced more and more to the highway from both sides, a roofing system is bound to be installed starting next year. Parks and recreational areas located on the rooftop should connect both sides and create direct and accessible paths for the residents.

Our last stop was the vibrant urban quarter of Zurich West, a big former industrial area located directly in the heart of Zurich. Although some industrial activities are remaining, many new residential and service areas were created in the last few years. Modern architecture, old transportation infrastructure and lively business activities make this area a fascinating melting pot of ongoing structural development in a growing city like Zurich. However, many challenges are aligned to these changes: Segregation and construction activities that do not focus on market needs are only two of the many discussed issues.

During this excursion, the participants, originating from 18 countries, got practical impressions of the relationship between mobility and spatial planning, helping them to understand the complexity and importance of this complex subject.