Numerous cities and municipalities want to actively shape the transport transformation on the local level. With the Regions Workshops: ‘Municipal transport transformation’, NOW GmbH is adding another component to its diverse range of funding support. Representatives from local authorities, municipal companies and local business are offered an overview of technology, funding and good examples in the area of alternative drives and clean mobility.

The workshops are tailored to suit the individual demands of the region in question. The workshop series was launched in Aschaffenburg. Together with Stadtwerke Aschaffenburg, NOW GmbH organized an exchange on the topic: ‘A regional hydrogen concept for the Bavarian Lower Main region’.

Representatives from the city and its environs, federal and state bodies as well as the regional economy discussed the prioritisation of strategic approaches for a regional hydrogen concept at the event. It was agreed that the Bavarian Lower Main region, along with the metropolitan region of Frankfurt-Rhine-Main should develop into a model region for hydrogen logistics across state borders, focusing on the transport, compression, storage and distribution of hydrogen. The first infrastructural measure will be to plan the construction of three hydrogen filling stations. Participants also see great opportunity for the regional economy in the expansion of component production capacities for a hydrogen economy. In order to further bundle the interests of all actors, advance the region’s development and consolidate the exchange initiated by NOW GmbH, an association for regional added value in the hydrogen economy will be launched in the Bavarian Lower Main region as a next phase.

As the central contact for funding from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, NOW GmbH draws on its broad network in science and industry in the areas of mobility, digitalization and energy to design the workshop programme.

Tilman Wilhelm, Head of Division Communication, Knowledge Management and Municipal Networks NOW GmbH: “At NOW, we want to harness our process knowledge and our contacts to benefit municipalities nationwide. Through our workshops, we want to enable regional representatives to initiate and further develop their regional transport transformation. Recently the enormous demand for participation in the HyStarter project has shown that many regions want to move forward. Unfortunately we were unable to include all applicants. To an extent, the Regions Workshops is an attempt to compensate for this.”

The Regions Workshops complement the other information and exchange formats of NOW GmbH, such as the municipal information portal www.starterset-elektromobilitä, the municipal network, the nationwide touring information stand of www.roadshow-elektromobilitä or the infrastructural planning instrument

Regions Workshops are geared towards municipalities that have taken the first steps towards the transport transformation and now:

  • Seek information on technological possibilities and common infrastructures in a specific thematic area (e.g. emission-free fleets, energy production and integration in the transport system, digitalisation of transport)
  • Want to know about the latest funding opportunities
  • Look for exchanges on successful approaches, processes and concrete products
  • Want to bring local and regional actors together at an event to establish a regional network that will jointly advance the transport transformation.

The events will take place in person on site or digitally, depending on the pandemic situation.