About the project
Mobility is globally one of the largest sources of CO2 emissions (25% of total) and energy consumption (20% of total). Public administrations are often undernourished with knowledge and competences to integrate energy efficiency elements into mobility planning. In the consultation phase for the preparation of strategies, the main stakeholders (energy and service providers, small and medium-sized enterprises), end-users and residents are not included enough. Although the Action Plans for Sustainable Energy (SEAP) and Urban Mobility (SUMP) provide for the elimination of these problems, they do not apply in the implementation and integration of procedures. The result is insufficient promotion and insufficient implementation of sustainable mobility models and limited use of services by citizens.

In the border regions, the issues are even more pronounced, as there is a lack of cooperation, synergistic planning of services, sustainable mobility services and segmentation of public transport systems. All this is clearly reflected as the problems of urban, extra-urban and cross-border mobility: in high consumption of private cars on a classic drive, low use of public or common means of transport. The aim of the project is to integrate energy efficiency and reduction of CO2 emissions into urban and non-urban mobility strategies for cross-border local communities by testing innovative services related to electrical mobility and enhancing public authorities' competences for a comprehensive sustainable mobility planning. The aim is to promote innovative low carbon CO2 mobility services by involving students and university workers into pilot actions that provide joint mobile services (e-bike sharing, e-car sharing) with renewable energy sources and a computerized management system and control of mobile service supply points.

The main outcome of the project is the development of guidelines and an action plan for local public administrations to integrate elements of energy efficiency into urban, extra-urban and cross-border mobility. With the MUSE project, public administrations will increase their capacity in the area of mobility planning with a lesser impact on the environment, while students and staff at universities will have several sustainable mobility services available during pilot actions. During the implementation of pilot actions, the project will primarily implement and test potential energy efficiency solutions in mobility, using electric vehicles based on the micro-network logic, renewable energy production, intelligent control, and managing the systems of mobility services supported by ICT. Universities and research centers will carry out research and studies in the area of sustainable mobility and energy efficiency with a view to reducing CO2 and energy emissions in the transport sector. Public administrations will gain innovative initiatives that SAEP and SUMP provide in the project areas and thus competences and knowledge. Cross-border communities developed within the project, which enable dialogue and exchange of experience and opinions between public administrations, research centers / universities and transport providers, will ensure the sustainability of the results achieved and raise public awareness of environmentally sustainable behavior.

The MUSE project combines 6 partners (3 from Italy and 3 from Slovenia) and 5 joined partners (3 from Italy and 2 from Slovenia). The leading partner of the project is the University of Trieste, which will lead the University of Ljubljana, the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, UTI Noncello (Fontanafredda, Porcia, Pordenone, Roveredo, Piano and Zoppola), RRA Severne Primorske d.o.o. Nova Gorica and RRA Ljubljanske urbane regije in the project activities for achieving the objectives of the project.

The project is financed from the European Regional Development Fund (85%) and own funds (15%).