EU Green Deal solutions for smart and sustainable mobility at airports and in cities
The journey to sustainability starts at the airport! After a successful event at the European Parliament in 2022, OLGA project is delighted to continue the tradition in 2023. Celebrate with us our 2-year anniversary at the European Parliament, on the 6th December 2023, and hear more about our achievements and how we are getting prepared for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics and Milano Cortina 2026!
In cooperation with MEP István UJHELYI (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament), the consortium of the OLGA project (hOListic & Green Airports, grant agreement n° 101036871), are delighted to invite you to an exchange on transport landside, accessibility and multimodality for green airports and regions.
The event takes place on 6th December 2023, between 14:00 and 16:00, at the European Parliament in Brussels, room Spinelli 5E2.
During this event, some of the OLGA innovative solutions developed and tested at Paris Charles de Gaulle, Milano Malpensa, Zagreb and Cluj airports will be presented, such as:
Low carbon connections between cities and airports: OLGA is developing a tool, based on transport demand analysis and forecasting, which proposes a whole range of innovative and sustainable means to access airports: e-buses, autonomous vehicles, trains, electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing aircraft (eVTOL), car-sharing). Insights about the economic and environmental benefits of e-buses connections to airports and cities, as well as charging stations’ deployment and management, will be given during the event. Concrete examples will be presented: how Paris Charles de Gaulle is greening its future shuttle parking lines, how Cluj is successfully providing a model for e-buses service, how Zagreb is designing an airport e-hub system to be ready for its new e-bus fleet and how Milan is adopting hydrogen buses and installing hydrogen charging stations at the airport.
Rail-air intermodality for passengers and cargo: To the benefit of passengers, OLGA is working on improving the quality of service in order to simplify the journey of connecting passengers between rail and air. Taking into account passenger movements between the plane and all rail modes (national highspeed trains and regional public transportation) as well as functionality and quality of service requirements, the project is delivering a methodology to correlate the line connection and the charter connection to the railway time schedule. In terms of cargo, OLGA is working on the smart delivery of small air freight via train, from the airport directly to the city centre.
About OLGA project: OLGA is a Horizon 2020 project, funded under the EU Green Deal call on green airports. The project started in October 2021, and it aims to reduce the environmental impact of the aviation sector, at airports, based on a holistic approach. It develops innovative and sustainable solutions to reduce CO2 emissions, optimise energy efficiency, preserve biodiversity, and improve air quality and waste management while involving the entire aviation value chain. OLGA has a total budget of €34 million, with €25 million in funding from the European Commission over a period of 60 months. The consortium, led by Aeroports de Paris (Groupe ADP) is formed of 41 partners and 17 third parties, involving large and small airports, airlines and the aviation industry, public authorities, cities and regions, researchers and innovative start-ups. The OLGA set of environmental innovations and concepts is developed by Paris Charles de Gaulle in France as lighthouse airport and Milano Malpensa in Italy, Zagreb in Croatia and Cluj Napoca in Romania as fellow airports. Such innovations are scalable and generic, laying the foundations for greener airports throughout Europe. The ultimate goal is to foster the replication of these innovations at airports worldwide.
About MEP: István UJHELYI is a Hungarian politician from the Hungarian Socialist Party and a Member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism. Between 2002 and 2014, MEP Ujhelyi was MP in the National Assembly of Hungary. In addition to his committee assignment, Ujhelyi is a substitute member of the parliament's delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and Subcommittee on Public Health. He is also a member of the European Internet Forum. In September 2022, Ujhelyi was the recipient of the Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award at The Parliament Magazine's annual MEP Awards.