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To the (re)discovery of Porto Santo
Europe Direct Madeira, in partnership with Porto Santo City Council and other local/regional partners, will boost on September 18th, at 11:00 a.m. the initiative “To (re)discovery of Porto Santo”. It is an event that is open to the public and aims to celebrate the European Mobility Week (EWW). This conference will include the intervention of the manager of Europe Direct Madeira, Marco Teles and the Engineer Diogo Vasconcelos of the Madeira Electricity Company who will present the initiative Smart Fossil Free Island will discuss the future prospects of sustainable mobility for the Autonomous Region of Madeira (RAM).
Câmara Municipal do Porto Santo
Event report“TO (RE)DISCOVERY OF PORTO SANTO” 1. Within the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe, Europe Direct Madeira promoted the conference “Perspectives for the Future of Sustainable Mobility for the Autonomous Region of Madeira (ADR)” with the aim of looking ahead to the future of sustainable mobility for the Autonomous Region of Madeira. This event was attended by the manager of Europe Direct Madeira, Marco Teles, who addressed mobility issues at European level and the European Green Deal and the Engineer Diogo Vasconcelos of the Madeira Electricity Company who presented the initiative “Smart Fossil Free Island” and what the Region is doing in terms of energy sustainability. The conference was inserted in the initiative “To (re)discovery of Porto Santo”, developed as part of the European Mobility Week 2021. 2. Partners Europe Direct Madeira promoted the event in partnership with local/regional authorities and other partners: — Regional Directorate for Youth (RAM); — Regional Directorate for the Economy and Land Transport (RAM); — Porto Santo Municipality; — Association of Cycling of Madeira; — Madeira Electricity Company. 3. Participants The conference took place at the Auditorium of Porto Santo City Hall and was attended by 30 participants (15 women and 15 men aged between 17 and 70), including Spanish citizens temporarily living on the island of Madeira under the Eurodyssey programme. 4. Conclusions During the conference it was possible to find out some issues related to mobility among the participants, such as: — 38 % of participants spend less than 15 minutes, 38 % spend between 15 and 30 minutes and 24 % spend between 30 and 45 minutes; — 53 % of participants use the car on their daily journeys to work, 20 % public transport, 13 % motorcycle, 10 % on foot and 4 % by bicycle; — Of participants using cars on their daily journeys, 50 % using petrol cars, 45 % using diesel cars and 5 % electric cars; — 78 % of the participants consider purchasing an electric car and 22 % do not demonstrate that intention; — The reasons that make it difficult to purchase an electric car, according to the participants, are the high price (34 %), limited existing supply (33 %), limited autonomy (17 %), reliability of this technology is unconvincing (8 %) and cars with combustion engines are better (8 %); — 37 % of participants consider using bicycles in their daily journeys and 63 % do not demonstrate this will; — The reasons that make it difficult to use a bicycle during daily journeys, according to the participants are the rough terrain of the route (18 %), distance to travel (17 %), time spent on the route (17 %), no bicycle (15 %), traffic insecurity (13 %), lack of bike paths (12 %), lack of parking (5 %) and insufficient physical condition (3 %); — 69 % of participants consider the EU’s proposal to achieve climate neutrality in 2050 to be realistic, 31 % considers this proposal unrealistic; — 79 % of participants agree with the EU’s proposal to stop the marketing of new fossil-fuelled cars, starting in 2035, 21 % disagree with this proposal; — As a proposal to change the day-to-day to reduce the ecological footprint, the participants propose resource efficiency (42 %), use of pedestrian routes (17 %), use of public transport (17 %), new consumption habits (12 %) and electric mobility (12 %).
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