Master the Urban Mobility Transition
Evaluating innovative sustainable mobility solutions throughout Europe
The Horizon 2020 project MEISTER, which took place from 2019 to 2021, involved the demonstration of seven novel business cases promoting sustainable mobility in the three pilot cities of Málaga, Berlin and Stockholm.
IKEM conducted a comprehensive impact assessment to measure what these seven business cases imply for the economy, the environment, society, and the energy and transport system, in compliance with the CIVITAS SATELLITE process and impact evaluation framework. The methodology of the impact assessment combined an analysis of city-level and pilot-site specific indicators with business-as-usual forecasting, control site analysis, and the evaluation of end user and pilot site leader surveys.
This website (also available as a poster) presents the keys findings of the impact assessment for each business case. A comprehensive presentation of the findings can be found on the MEISTER website. The more qualitative findings of the social impact of the business cases are also outlined there in more detail.
The demonstration of the business case ‘E-carsharing as a Housing Service’ (EHCS) clearly showed that the concept can significantly reduce the tenants’ annual mobility costs for mileages up to 4,000 km per year compared to a reference scenario where their mobility needs are met primarily by private cars with a combustion engine. This relative benefit is likely to increase in the future, as various cost factors relevant to the reference scenario – such as the rental costs for parking spots – will rise in the coming years.
Annual mobility costs for tenants
The business case ‘Smart Park & Charge’ in Málaga demonstrated the potential to reduce the CO2 emitted by road transport by minimising charging point search traffic. The accelerating ramp-up of EVs in Spain means that the total distance covered by such traffic will rise considerably over the coming years if the network of public charging points is not adequately expanded. However, to fully exploit this potential, Smart Park & Charge solutions must be accessed regularly by a significant number of public charging point users.
Reducing CO2 emissions by minimising charging point search traffic
The business case ‘Smart Charging’ demonstrated the potential of power steering measures to reduce the maximum simultaneous charging power of charging sessions at public charging points at the grid connection level and thus contribute to decreasing the operational costs of charging stations. The potential is higher the more charging sessions are steered simultaneously, and is prone to rising in the near future as more charging sessions are run in parallel due to the market ramp-up of EVs.
Relative change of maximum simultaneous charging power
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No. 769052.