LOCATIONS is mostly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER) within the scope of INTERREG-Mediterranean. The consortium comprises over 20 organisations and institutions in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia and Albania. Seven port cities are also involved in it: Lisbon, Malaga, Ravenna, Trieste, Rijeka, Zadar and Durres.
The project aims at supporting cities with ports that receive cruise ships, by drawing up Low Carbon Mobility and Transport Plans with measures (people and logistics) geared towards mitigating the impact of cruise ship tourism, contributing towards decongesting the city’s traffic and reducing local pollution and CO2 emissions. Lisboa E-Nova is the coordinating entity of the work group responsible for capitalising the LOCATIONS (Low-carbon Transport in Cruise Destination Cities) project. Until October 2019, the consortium will support the local authorities in creating mobility plans linked to the operations and services of passenger ships and will also draw up proposals for specific measures that optimise port loading and offloading operations. Lisbon will be one of the first cities to have such a plan, which will be drawn up by Lisboa E-Nova and Câmara Municipal de Lisboa.
During the course of the LOCATIONS works, modular proposal packs will be developed that are adaptable and able to meet the specific needs of each of the port cities involved in the project. The measures to be adopted will address the reduction of environmental impacts, the decongestion of traffic in urban areas and a reduction in pollution. Change in individual behaviour is another of the consortium’s objectives: passengers and travellers are invited to adopt types of behaviour that contribute towards improving the quality of life of the cities. The full capitalisation phase of LOCATIONS will begin after July 2018, the date for concluding the development, testing and evaluation of the transport and greenhouse gas emissions reduction plans. The work coordinated by Lisboa E-Nova has the objective of preparing viable procedures and financial mechanisms for implementing the devised plans and to support the capitalisation and replication of eleven new transport plans in regions and countries not foreseen in the initial phase of the project.