The Senate Department for Urban Development is part of the government of the Federal State and the City of Berlin, responsible for an integrated urban planning, building, housing, nature and transport policy. The division for transport has the task of developing an integrated strategy towards low or even carbon free mobility in Berlin as a main target of the New Berlin Urban Transportation Development Plan. In this function several, partly conflicting needs e.g. in the use of public space have to be balanced, introduction strategies for new technologies have to be implemented. The Senate Department for Urban Development is also responsible for Berlin's, "Integrated Urban Freight Transportation Strategy", adopted by the House of Representatives in February 2006. The strategy is the result of a consultative planning process, including administration, a scientific advisory board, local and national transport operators, logistic service providers different associations (industry, trade, unions, chamber of commerce etc.) and Berlin's districts. In 1992 Berlin as the first German city started activities to introduce CNG-vehicles and is engaged in this topic up to now. Since August 2009 the division for transport is responsible for the model region on electro-mobility funded by the German Federal Government.
Role in the project
Berlin will participate in the development of the project in WP1 and in the demonstration (WP3).
Each city-region will, with the mutual support of all stakeholders, demonstrate innovations that are tailored to their unique socio-economic, cultural and geographical environment, whilst at the same time carrying out a standardised monitoring and evaluation programme.
The city of Berlin will demonstrate integrated technology solutions linking emission threshold information along delivery corridors from the urban interurban transhipment center Grossbeeren to the inner city with the propulsion steering of 2nd generation hybrid trucks and shipment planning optimisation approaches
To handle this situation, the Senate Department for Urban Development, responsible for urban and transport planning, developed Berlin's Integrated Urban Freight Transportation Strategy, which was adopted by the House of Representatives on 2nd February, 2006. Berlin participated in the CIVITAS - TELLUS project. Besides other key elements Berlin aimed at introducing 100 CNG powered lorries in different weight classes for inner-city freight distribution, achieving Euro IV/EEV standard for vehicles.
Since CNG powered vehicles provide considerable reductions in noise and pollutant emissions, especially compared to diesel propulsion in prevailing distribution lorries, this was a promising approach for the city. The CNG vehicles measure in TELLUS offered the necessary financial incentives and target group orientated information campaigns in order to introduce the critical mass of vehicles in the short run.