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Supporting cross-project coordination, exchange mechanisms & capacity-building


For over a decade, the CIVITAS Initiative has tested and demonstrated innovative solutions for cleaner and better urban transport and mobility, working towards the goal of achieving "Cleaner and Better Transport in Cities”. The programme has developed and evolved, each year bringing new cities – and starting also new types of projects – into the “CIVITAS family”, always maintaining and furthering its ambitious goals to drive innovative policies and technologies forward to tackle urban mobility challenges. Having had a great impact in further developing European urban mobility policies, CIVITAS now aims to deliver solutions to help meet the targets of the Urban Mobility Package.

CIVITAS SATELLITE aims to help cities gain better access to innovative solutions to properly address transport challenges they are facing. Cities, as the closest link to citizens, are the focal point of SATELLITE’s efforts, with an emphasis on international cooperation as an essential aspect for cities to function as “activity hubs” in the global economy. Cross-project coordination, exchange mechanisms and capacity-building provide cities with access to the latest innovations resulting from European urban mobility research, as well as helping city practitioners to gain the necessary skills to apply innovations in their local contexts. Additional exchange activities and community building, where cities can learn from their peers, lays the foundation for these solutions to be applied in practice.

The CIVITAS consortium consists of seven partners, each of which brings with it significant knowledge, experience with CIVITAS and networks reach extensively across Europe.

Around the core consortium, CIVITAS SATELLITE works closely together with various supporters and facilitators, including:

  • a Political Advisory Committee with experienced partners in previous and on-going CIVITAS projects;
  • previous CIVITAS demonstration cities and current CIVITAS Forum members;
  • supporters for an efficient thematic cooperation.

The current fifth stage of CIVITAS (called CIVITAS) builds on the experiences of the previous and on-going stages (CIVITAS l, ll, Plus and PLUS II).


Procurement of innovative solutions for zero emission urban delivery of goods and services

BuyZET aims to understand and optimise the impact of public procurement activities on transport patterns in cities, and to find innovative and sustainable delivery solutions for goods and services.

The impact public procurement has on transportation patterns in cities is far reaching. Almost every product or service we buy leads to vehicle trips within the city. The BuyZET project is a partnership of cities aiming to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services, by:

  • Understanding and identifying the transportation footprint of their different procurement activities
  • Developing Innovative Procurement Plans for two key procurement areas that minimise the number, distance and disruptiveness of motorised vehicle trips within the city, and maximise the proportion of these trips made by zero emission vehicles (ZEVs).

The three core project cities are Rotterdam, Oslo and Copenhagen. Southampton and the Brussels Region are also participating as Observer Cities.



The objective of the SPICE project is to facilitate public procurement of innovative sustainable transport and mobility solutions in urban areas.


  • Collecting best practices of public procurements for sustainable transport solutions
  • Developing recommendations
  • Knowledge sharing and transferring in innovation procurement
  • Forming common buyer groups

Expected results and impacts:

  • A deep understanding of state-of-the-art of public procurement for sustainable and innovative transport solutions in Europe
  • Raise awareness of using public procurement as an instrument to facilitate sustainable and innovative transport ad mobility solutions
  • Enhance public authorities’ technical and legal knowledge on innovation procurement
  • Common buyer groups to facilitate joint, cross-border procurements for sustainable and innovative transport and mobility projects