About the project
AENEAS was a new European project in the framework of the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme. Its acronym stands for "Attaining Energy-Efficient Mobility in an Ageing Society." The project's objective was nothing less than to become the cornerstone for international reference projects in the field of urban mobility of older people.
Although the project concluded its activities in April 2011, this website is still being updated from time to time and gives you access to the wealth of information that was created during the project's duration.
As described on the page "Older People and Mobility", Europe is facing tremendous demographic shifts. As the "car generation" is growing old, older people (50 and above) are increasingly using the private car instead of environmentally sustainable modes of urban transport – with massive impacts on energy efficiency.
Bringing together leading European players in the field of older people's mobility, AENEAS improved the attractiveness of sustainable transport and will contribute to modal shifts towards energy-efficient modes of transport among older people. There were two main activities:
Exchanging good practices among European cities on energy-efficient mobility in ageing societies via a "Good Practice Exchange Ring" involving 50 cities and organisations and using tools like training workshops and implementation handbooks;
Enabling and encouraging older people to use energy-efficient mobility in five European cities through concrete measures in the areas of mobility management, training, awareness raising and communication.
In AENEAS, the cities of Donostia-San Sebastián, Kraków, Munich, Odense, Salzburg and their supporting organisations pursued the following aims:
Raise awareness about the challenge of energy-efficient urban mobility in an ageing society among stakeholders in European cities;
Enable key actors to address these issues by applying successful, non-technological concepts;
Raise awareness on energy-efficient travel options (walking, public transport, cycling, car sharing and public bicycles) and promote them as alternatives to the private car;
Train older people on how to use sustainable transport according to their needs and expectations; and
Improve the attractiveness and safety of energy-efficient modes by small-scale, innovative interventions.
The AENEAS Implementation Report (144 pages, 900 Kbyte PDF) provides information on planning, implementation, evaluation and transferability of the 15 local AENEAS soft measures in mobility targeting older people.