Smart mobility has a key role in the process of Turku becoming carbon neutral by 2029. As the first CIVITAS project in Finland, CIVITAS ECCENTRIC brought with it some important learnings and long-lasting developments in sustainable urban mobility in Turku.

Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme in 2016-2020, the project advanced smart mobility via nine different measures. The themes of these measures ranged from developing safer walking and cycling to electric public transport and sharing of vehicles, as well as mobility as a service. The use of biogas as a transport fuel in heavy traffic was also promoted.

The actions carried out in the project strongly contributed to advancing the goal of carbon neutrality in the city. Each ECCENTRIC city had its own central area for these actions, a Living Laboratory, where innovative mobility solutions could be tested in real-life environments. In Turku, the project’s main showcase area was the Kupittaa district.

TUAS was responsible for the impact and process evaluation of the Turku measures – in other words grasping and analyzing the main lessons learned from the implementation process and the results of the Turku measures. For TUAS and NERC, the project thus provided experience and increased competences on different aspects of project evaluation. The project particularly accentuated the need to evaluate the process, impact and effectiveness of project actions systematically and holistically, to better integrate the learnings in a wider development framework.

The partner organizations in addition to TUAS included the City of Turku (project lead) and the Regional Council of Southwest Finland, Western Systems Ltd, Turku Urban Traffic Ltd and Gasum Oy. In addition to Turku, four other European cities were involved in CIVITAS ECCENTRIC: Munich, Stockholm, Madrid and Ruse.

For more information, see the final report of CIVITAS ECCENTRIC in Turku (in Finnish).