Commencing 1st August 2012, the European Commission Intelligent Energy Initiative (IEE) implemented up a three-year Clean Fleets project, providing forms of assistance to vehicle procurers in Europe to meet obligations under EC Clean Vehicles Directive (CVD) , which has now been integrated into national law in all EU Member States. The directive — 2009/33/EC — presently supports three main alternative types of fuels and propulsion technologies which are being developed within the time horizon of 2020. Natural gas and biomethane fuels are included. The Clean Fleets project is set to conclude in September 2015.
The ICLEI-led project will provide support with tendering, modular training, opportunities for information exchange and specific advice to regulated organisations. According to the project brief, the project aims to deliver:
- An online exchange and help desk functions on the Clean Vehicle Portal;
- Workshops and training reaching 350 people from public authorities, fleet operators and suppliers;
- A CVD toolkit and adaptable training modules;
- 20 public authorities and/or fleet operators commit themselves to develop a tender that goes further than the current legislation requires;
- Raised awareness on the CVD and the ProMotion project.
The project encourages participants to go beyond simple compliance to seek innovative ways to purchase or lease clean and energy-efficient vehicles. As part of the project, an online discussion forum will be created and materials such as case studies, guidance and tools will be developed – along with regular newsletters. In addition, direct support for public authorities and fleet operators is also available.
A “Clean Fleets — Call for Interest” webpage provide choices for forms of interaction.
Directive 2009/33/EC, on the Promotion of Clean and Energy Efficient Road Transport Vehicles, applies to all purchases of road transport vehicles by public authorities or by transport operators charged with public service obligations. It introduces sustainability criteria in public procurement of vehicles. It requires taking into account energy consumption, CO2 emissions and pollutant emissions over the entire lifetime of vehicles in the purchase decision. The Clean Vehicle Portal has been set up by the Commission and EACI to support public procurement of vehicles as well as help private users in buying a cleaner and more energy efficient car.
ProMotion aims to assist fleet operators and public authorities with implementation of the Clean Vehicles Directive (CVD) and procurement of clean and energy-efficient vehicles by:
Building capacity for the implementation of higher standards of energy and environmental performance in road transport vehicles.
Supporting specific procurement actions including market consultation, specification development, competitive tendering and contract management.
Promoting knowledge transfer using practical tools for implementation, training modules and good practice examples.