The EPN Consulting Newsletter No. 105 | May 2019
The Editorial
Dear Colleague, 
Roads congestion is being an issue for decades and in these years many solutions were proposed: improving public transport services, making public transport more appealing, encouraging the use of soft modes (cycling and walking) that would improve our health and quality of life, promoting Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solutions that... Read more
The Confidence Premium
The headlines coming out of the 2019 World Economic Forum meeting at Davos dwelled on the mood of pessimism and gloom. But there were also signs of optimism and action. The initial steps of a more inclusive path to global prosperity are becoming clearer. PwC’s own Annual Global CEO Survey is one source of this new understanding.... Read more
Could Autonomous Vehicles be worse for cities than Regular Cars?
Could autonomous vehicles be worse for cities than autos have turned out to be? Few appear to think so. But we have a long track record of failing to anticipate the downside of mobility revolutions. Most of the scenarios proposed by advocates of autonomous mobility picture empty streets, cleaner air and far fewer injuries and deaths.  Read more
Is 2019 the beginning of a New Era of Profit in Micro Mobility?
A few weeks ago it was discussed how the unit economics for Bird and Lime were structured, and how there was significant room for an uptick in pricing for shared electric scooters.
The original pricing for dockless e-scooters was tentative and aggressive at the same time: US$1 to unlock, and US$0.15 per minute. This translated into... Read more
Madrid is trying out E-Scooters in its quest to beat Traffic
A half-dozen companies have flooded Madrid with electric versions of Vespa-type sit-down scooters. Riders pick them up and drop them off anywhere in the city centre and surrounding areas. They’re booked and billed via a smartphone app, which can guide users to the nearest bike, track how long they’ve been riding, and e-mail a bill moments after they park. The city has about 5,000 scooters, up fivefold from a year ago... Read more
"Literature" Tube Map replaces stations with titles of books set in the area
The London Underground map features book titles from authors including Charles Dickens, Martin Amis and Zadie Smith. The map, which covers most of Zones 1 and 2, includes seven appearances from Mr Dickens, with Colin MacInnes featuring three times and Graham Greene appearing twice. Sherlock Holmes, written by Arthur Conan Doyle, replaces his home station of Baker Street. It also featured books such as The Girl on the Train, Oliver Twist and Paddington Bear. Read more
The European Climate Foundation (ECF) – a ‘foundation of foundations’ – was established in early 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to help Europe foster the development of a low-carbon society and play an even stronger international leadership role to mitigate climate change. Their vision includes three main goals:
  • Supporting the development of a low-carbon society
  • Staying below 2°C of warming relative to pre-industrial levels
  • Balancing climate protection, energy security and economic growth

Upcoming Professional Events - find many more in our Events Section
31 May 2019 – Deadline to submit papers to the TRA (Transport Research Arena) 2020 Conference

05 June 2019 – Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020 [EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020] call (IA, SME Instrument Phase2, 3rd cut-off date)

06 June 2019 – Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020 [H2020-European-i-Capital-Prize-2019] call ( The European Capital of Innovation Award – iCapital)

18 June 2019 – Deadline to submit proposals to No.18 H2020 Shift2Rail calls

01 Aug 2019 – Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020 [INNOSUP-07-2019] call (CSA – European Open Innovation network in advanced technologies)

20 Aug 2019 – Deadline to submit proposals to the [H2020-FutureEnginePrize-2016] call ( FutureEnginePrize-01-2016)
03-04 June 2019 – Helsinki (FI) – EBAN HELSINKI 2019

03-05 June 2019 – Amsterdam (NL) – MONEY 20/20 EUROPE

03-05 June 2019 – Helsinki (FI) – WCEF 2019 – 3rd World Circular Economy Forum

03-05 June 2019 – Paris (FR) – IEW 2019 – 38th International Energy Workshop

03-06 June 2019 – Brainport (NL) – 13th ITS EUROPEAN Congress – Fulfilling ITS Promises

05 June 2019 – Brussels (BE) – Digital Cities Challenge: A Strategy for EU cities in the 21st century

05-06 June 2019 – London (UK) – World Business Forum 2019

05-06 June 2019 – London (UK) – Digital Refining Summit 2019
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