PE4Trans addresses the issue of potential for improvement of public transport policies by including citizens to the process of design and implementation of sustainable transport strategies and plans with the view to change peoples’ mobility habits and routines incorporating findings of behavioural sciences. Regions and cities across Europe invest significant funds in public transport infrastructures, introduce incentives and regulations as well as information campaigns with the view to reduce carbon footprint by stimulating peoples more pro-environmental behaviours.
PE4Trans main objective is to improve the regional policies promoting sustainable mobility solutions to reduce significantly the carbon footprint and to make them more effective through public engagement in the design and implementation and use of behavioural economics findings.
The specific objectives will be achieved through interregional learning process engaging partners, stakeholders and citizens from partner territories. These are explained in more detail below:
1. To improve effectiveness of the policy instruments, which enhances their ability to radically reduce carbon footprint, through:
- Relevance to the local circumstances, ensuring most favourable impact based on diagnosis on most important mobility patterns concerning frequent routes and types: commuting, leisure, tourism, shopping etc.,
- Public awareness and acceptance of the policy intervention through the citizen engagement, identification, dialogue and answer to citizen concerns and motivations, • Potential to influence the citizen behavioural change using knowledge and good practices of environmental solutions based on economy, sociology and psychology developments to stimulate people towards more sustainable routines and habits,
- Efficient mix of different type of intervention: infrastructure, regulations, pricing, labelling and soft measures as promotion and communication, consumer advice.
2. To improve governance of public intervention within sustainability and other policy areas by citizen engagement approach in the design and implementation of policies, through:
- Raise awareness of policy makers on the need and benefits of more inclusive cooperation with the citizens on different stages of policy making,
- Experimentation with citizen involvement techniques (citizens’ panels, participative diagnosis, surveys, social media dialogue) and development of tested methodologies,
- Launching in the participating territories transferable mechanisms of public engagement in policy makings processes.
The main results to be achieved are:
- Three Growth & Jobs or ETC programmes addressed by the project where improved governance of measures inspired by the project will be implemented: Wielkopolska, Coventry and Warwickshire, Central Macedonia,
- Two policy instruments addressed by the project where improved governance of measures inspired by the project will be implemented: City of Valladolid, County of Bentheim,
- EUR 8,400,000 of Structural Funds (from Growth & Jobs and/ or ETC) will be influenced by the project,
- EUR 2,780,000 funds will be will be influenced by the project.
The long term result will be improved regional policies effectively implementing sustainable mobility solutions and contributing to significant reduction of the carbon footprint.