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Scotlandís approach to sustainable transport


Transport experts will gather in Aberdeen tomorrow to discuss Scotland's approach to sustainable transport and the European Union.

The conference, Sustainable Transport and the EU: Developing Scotland's Approach, will focus on the good work taken across Scotland, led by Aberdeen City Council, to develop, invest in and promote sustainable transport across the country. It will also look to the future and the opportunities for EU cooperation and funding to help improve Scotland's sustainable transport offering.

The event, which will take place in the Town House, will be opened by Lord Provost of Aberdeen. Speakers include: Chair of the East of Scotland European Consortium Councillor Mairi Evans; Aberdeen City Council's Planning and Development Management convener Councillor Ramsay Milne, who will talk about Aberdeen's role and position as Energy Capital of Europe and the strategic fit of the city's hydrogen transport projects; keynote speaker Transport Minister Keith Brown; and Marcel Rommerts, of DG Mobility and Transport who will discuss EU Sustainable Transport Policy and future funding opportunities related to sustainable transport.

The Lord Provost said: "Aberdeen City Council has a very clear focus on sustainable transport as part of a low carbon economy. Our hydrogen bus project, which will see the world's largest fleet of hydrogen buses operating on Aberdeen's roads, has led the way in Scotland in terms of using hydrogen as a fuel for transport and is one of the leading examples in Europe of using innovative technology in sustainable transport.

"We won the first ever European Commission Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan Award, which recognises excellence in developing and implementing sustainable urban mobility plans for our officers' work on a transport masterplan for the city centre, and we are continually looking at ways of making Aberdeen a cleaner, greener, smarter city as well as securing its place as a world leader in hydrogen technology.

"I am very pleased to welcome the delegates to the conference which I am sure will be extremely informative for all those taking part and help to improve and increase sustainable transport options across Scotland."

Delegates attending the joint Scotland Europa, Aberdeen City Council, Transport Scotland and East of Scotland European Consortium (ESEC) event will discuss the country's achievements to date and ongoing sustainable transport projects in Scotland which have secured EU funding, including the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus project. Sustainable city logistics and the greening of the maritime transport economy will also be discussed.

The afternoon session will consist of roundtable discussions. Andrew Unsworth, Smart Cities and Communities programme manager for the Scottish Government will lead on Smart Mobility, Andrew Flockhart of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd will lead a discussion on Maritime and Green Shipping; and Archie Stoddart of Transport Scotland will chair a discussion on Using Technology for Behavioural Change, which will be introduced by Douglas Hyslop of Scottish Enterprise.