LIFE CICLE – Demonstration of the first pioneer Circular bus Concept and Line in Europe
Duration of the project:
1. 8. 2022. – 30. 4. 2025.
Arriva Personenvervoer Nederland
Autotrans d. d., Saietta Europe B.V., OFN Projecten BV
Circular economy initiatives may be applied to transportation practices by moving from a product to a service model to maximize efficiency and minimize waste. Dismantling end-of-life means of transport, re-using spare parts and recycling the materials used to make them essential. The design of vehicles also changes in a circular mobility system. Elements like the design of vehicles for remanufacturing, durability, efficiency, and easy maintenance will be of increased importance. An additional benefit of such transformation is the possibility to convert excessive road infrastructure to serve other citizens needs.
Air pollution is recognised as an important global health risk factor. In Europe, the most serious pollutants in terms of harm to human health are particulate matter (PM), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ground-level ozone (O3). Transport currently accounts for a quarter of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions and this figure continues to rise as demand grows. The European Green Deal seeks a 90% reduction in these emissions by 2050. Moving to more sustainable transport means putting users first and providing them with more affordable, accessible, healthier, and cleaner alternatives.
In the LIFE CICLE project, we combine the transition towards zero emission transport with the challenge to make the sector more circular.
LIFE CICLE consist of two major concepts:
a circular bus characterised by several retrofitting features as: the retrofit of an old diesel bus into a electrical powered, circular seats, circular technology for tyres.
a circular bus route characterised by innovative circular bus stops along the lines.
LIFE CICLE, with the support of local authorities, will be demonstrated in the lines 37/38/90 between Leiden, Katwijk, Noordwijk and Lisse (Natura2000 areas).
The LIFE CICLE concept will be also replicated in 3 areas (close to Natura 2000 sites) during and after the project: in The Netherlands, in Italy and Croatia.