Published on 01 September 2020
Witteveen+Bos connects energy and mobility on the way to zero emissions
The Climate Act stipulates that the Netherlands may emit 49 per cent less CO2 in 2030 compared to 1990. To achieve this objective, the government has agreed a number of measures with companies and organisations in the National Climate Accord. In terms of transport and mobility, agreements have also been reached on Zero Emission Mobility (ZEM). For example, target group transport must be emission-free from 2025, and municipal vehicles and public transport by bus from 2030.
Witteveen+Bos, active in both the energy and mobility worlds, advises on integrated solutions for the integration of Zero Emission Mobility, from strategic advice to physical integration:
- we bring (regional) stakeholders together to share knowledge, exchange information and encourage mobility and energy cooperation
- to be able to offer an integrated total solution, we connect work areas such as public transport and target group transport, or the use of space and energy
- we conduct research into charging stations and opportunities for generating energy, and draw up vision and policy for charging infrastructure. We also consider the generation of renewable energy and/or locally required storage of renewable energy
- we work with clients and partners to draw up a vision and strategy for public transport, and enter into discussions with the concession grantor at an early stage, for example, so as to achieve and implement mobility objectives
- we are also conducting research into the technical and spatial integration of charging infrastructure for cars or bus transport.
Zero Emission Buses for Gooi en Vechtstreek
A good example is a project we have carried out for the province of North Holland. Witteveen+Bos investigated how the Gooi en Vechtstreek public transport concession can be equipped with Zero Emission buses from the start of the new concession in 2021. The province’s aim is to issue a fully electric concession, thereby fulfilling the ‘Zero Emission Bus Transport Administrative Agreement’, and to future-proof the new concession. Here Witteveen+Bos has advised on the space requirements for the charging infrastructure, the possibilities for integration and the connections to the grid. The results have been coordinated successfully with the municipalities involved and the responsible grid manager.