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Carbon-neutral transport for Alpine regions

The CO2NeuTrAlp project aims to promote the use of alternative propulsion technologies based on renewable forms of energy by local users across the whole of the Alps.

- Alternative propulsion technologies for local users in the Alps
During the project running from September 2008 to August 2011, alternative propulsion technologies based on renewable energies are to be introduced by local users across the whole Alpine region.

- Aims of the CO2NeuTrAlp project
The CO2NeuTrAlp team has defined three key aims for the project: Testing a variety of technological solutions (such as light electric vehicles, cars and buses, biofuel-compliant combustion engines and compressed air technology for example) in pilot Alpine regions using various resources (hydroelectric power, biogas, pure plant oil etc.). The vehicles with alternative propulsion technologies used will be analyzed in order to elaborate proposals for developing appropriate international technical standards, especially in relation to the infrastructure for charging/filling stations. Transnational cooperation and the exchange of know-how will promote the competitiveness of the Alpine region in a fast growing market of environmentally friendly transport technologies. The use of alternative propulsion technologies and renewable energy will also help to make the regions less dependent on imported fossil fuels, create new jobs in rural areas, and promote dynamism and competitiveness in local small and medium sized companies in the areas concerned.

- Collaboration between researchers and private sector experts
In partnership with experts from research and the private sector, the participating public agencies and transport companies will be able to run pilot projects to test the various propulsion technologies available in different applications.

- Analysis of potential solutions
Potential solutions will be analyzed to determine their feasibility, cost efficiency, environmental impact, and further ecological and economic factors.

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