EU-funded initiative QUEST, standing for “Quality management tool for Urban Energy efficient Sustainable Transport”, is summarizing its project’s results in a Newsletter, published together with ADVANCE, another European Consortium helping cities to develop, test and apply an audit scheme in order to evaluate and improve local authorities’ sustainable urban mobility policies and actions.
Partner in the QUEST Consortium, ISIS played a leading role as QUEST Auditor for the Italian pilot cities of Padua, project partner city, Treviso, Reggio Emilia, Pisa and San Benedetto del Tronto.
The experiences presented in the Newsletter show that ADVANCE and QUEST are practical and applicable, both from the perspective of the auditor as well as the cities. Both tools have been tested and applied in a variety of cities and the integration of an external expert (auditor or facilitator) has proven as the key to success.
The Newsletter is available here.
Running from May 2011 to the fall of 2013, QUEST involved a total of 46 cities from 14 European countries. QUEST methodology proved to be a success and can be replicated by further administrations. With this view, a QUEST Academy has just been established and will continue to train auditors throughout Europe, safeguarding the high quality of the QUEST method.
More information on QUEST is available on the project website.
ADVANCE supports cities on their way towards a more sustainable urban mobility. It helps them to improve the quality of their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) through a standardised process, the ADVANCE Audit. The first Prototype ADVANCE Audit Scheme was finished in February 2013 and has been tested in pilot applications in seven cities across Europe. The pilot applications lasted from March 2013 to September 2013, and will be integrated into an ADVANCE Action Plan, containing concrete recommendations on how to improve mobility planning.
More information on ADVANCE is available on the project website.