Study visit to examples of good practice of sustainable mobility in Graz
As part of the implementation of the activities of the #UrbanSTEM project, from 11 to 13 May 2022, a study visit was organized for 17 representatives of the project team with examples of good practice in sustainable mobility in Graz. They learned more about topics like electromobility, decarbonisation of the bus public transport system, integration of innovative on-demand services, hydrogen buses, autonomous driving, mobility concepts for smart cities, Graz climate protection, especially its traffic aspect.
The first day we visited Energie Steiermark, the fourth largest provider of energy supply services in Austria (about 500,000 customers), but also in the field of electromobility. Alexander Schummi from Ibiola, a subsidiary of Energie Steiermark, introduced us to e-mobility services, including charging and management infrastructure.
On the second day we visited the HycentA Research Center. It is the only research institution in Austria that deals with hydrogen and related technologies. Founded in 2005, it carries out numerous domestic and international research and development projects in collaboration with industry and academic institutions. Topics include hydrogen production, distribution, storage and application. Michael Richter showed us one of the projects that HycentA is implementing in the field of mobility – Move2zero.
The afternoon part of the program was reserved for a visit to the largest European center for research and development of virtual vehicle technology – Virtual Vehicle Research GmbH, whose work we were introduced to Anton Fuchs. The general goal of the Center is the application of virtual modeling and simulation as a competitive and innovative method of vehicle development. In the following, we listened to an interesting presentation by Jelena Rubese-Zrim, a leading researcher at the Center, who in her research work deals with the characteristics and duration of battery life.
The third day of our study visit was dedicated to measures of active mobility and climate protection in Graz, and on that occasion we visited the public space of the new pedestrian zone in the city center. As part of a broader effort to create a pedestrian-only zone in the historic core, the City of Graz has implemented an ambitious program to reshape its historic streets and public spaces through high-quality design interventions. This initiative aims to improve the quality and accessibility of public space, promote non-motorized transport and mitigate climate change. We hope that we will soon experience such a transformation of public space in Croatian cities.
At the end of the rich three-day program, we visited the City Hall where Wolfgang Götzhaber from the City of Graz presented the Climate Protection Plan of the City of Graz, especially its traffic aspect.
See the photo gallery from the study trip HERE.
More about the project read HERE.