Posts Tagged ‘transport’

We welcomed Transaid during their bike Charity Marathon

Written by alessandra.gorini@y4pt.org on . Posted in All Y4PT Chapters, Y4PT Belgium & EU, Y4PT England, Y4PT England in London, Y4PT Media, Y4PT World

downloadTransaid is an international development charity. They identify, champion, implement and share local transport solutions to improve access to basic services and economic opportunity for people in Africa and in developing countries. Transaid was founded by Save the Children and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and our Patron is HRH The Princess Royal. 

 

Charitable volunteers from across the transport industry cycled to Brussels at the weekend, in a bid to raise £75,000 for Transaid.

The 34-strong team had already raised £45,000 by the time they set off on the 340km ride on the 12 September  and are confident of reaching their fundraising target once the remaining sponsorship money is collected.

Riders set off from the Freight Transport Association’s head office in Tunbridge Wells and headed for Dover where they caught the ferry to Calais. Their adventure continued through France where even the most experienced cyclists were challenged by a very strong head wind. The group celebrated the end of this particularly difficult day in Bruges where they enjoyed a well-earned break and glass of beer, completing the final 74 miles to Brussels on September 14, finishing at the city’s iconic Grand Place.

Upon arrival the cyclists were greeted by a party from Y4PT and UITP, where we  put on a champagne and chocolate reception. We have been very happy to give them a moment of reward and fun after such a challenge and great action!

Sir Peter Hendy, a new Trustee!

Transaid  appointed  recently four new trustees with a wealth of experience in the health, transport and logistics sectors to help govern the charity as it continues to grow in size and scope.

One of them is Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Commissioner of Transport for London and  our UITP President.

Speaking on behalf of the trustees, Sir Peter, said “It’s a privilege to be involved with an organisation which implements truly life-changing solutions in developing countries.”

Sir Peter started his transport career in 1975 as a London Transport graduate trainee. In 2001 he served as Transport for London’s Managing Director of Surface Transport, before taking on his current role in 2006. Sir Peter was instrumental in preparing for the successful operation of London’s transport during the 2012 Olympics and was elected President of the International Public Transport Association in 2013. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list, having been awarded a CBE in 2006.

download (5)The first Transaid was established within Save the Children (UK) as a voluntary group of transport industry individuals. Peter Linney, who had just retired from a senior position in British Rail, took up the day to day management of Transaid. The British Railways Board provided office space and administrative support. Over the next 10 years, Transaid volunteers, from organisations such as TNT, P&O and the British Army, carried out a number of short-term projects. In those days, the focus was largely on emergency operations, rather than long-term development, and projects included a review of the potential to handle containerised emergency supplies through Mozambique ports and the specifications for an emergency ambulance service in Swaziland.  The transport management handbook for Save The Children was also written.

 

Thinking long-term

In the early 1990’s the founders began to think about the role of transport in development, and particularly how lack of transport impacted on the delivery of essential services such as health and education. Research with the Ministry of Health in Ghana led to the realization that a lack of management skills, rather than a lack of transport, was causing a bottleneck in the delivery of everyday health services.

A two-year Save the Children project started in the Ministry of Health in Ghana in early 1993. This was the first long-term programme of its kind by Transaid and marked a shift in focus towards sustainable development.

The future

Transaid is now beginning to focus more intensively on livelihoods work, based on the knowledge that Africa needs an efficiently run transport system in order to provide better opportunities to trade and make a living. Improving the efficiency, safety, availability and professionalism of commercial transport will create work opportunities in the industry, reduce transport costs, open up trade and make basic goods and services more available and affordable.

This is what is meant by sustainable development, looking at the root causes of problems and building the skills and knowledge of local people to tackle them. It isn’t quick and it isn’t easy, but we believe it is the only way we will make a lasting difference.

However, the amount of high profile natural disasters in recent years has brought attention back to the relationship between logistics and emergency aid and Transaid has played an advisory role in the development of two new, humanitarian initiatives – the development of the new Fritz Institute Certificate in Humanitarian Logistics and providing advice to the new CILT Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Programme (HELP).

One thing which remains unchanged is transport’s importance to the health and wealth of all nations. Trucks, trains and ships are so highly visible on the world’s roads, railways and seas, but the essential goods and services that they carry, and the millions of people who work behind the scenes to get them where they need to go, remain largely invisible and forgotten.

Transaid has been built on the knowledge that skilled people make transport work. It’s up to us to find ways to build those skills where they’ll make the most difference and to continue to harness the skills of the best in the transport industry.

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The Carbon Footprint of Europe on Track 2!

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Written by Jerome Kisielewicz and Thiago Tavares

Carbon footprintFor the second edition of Europe on Track, Y4PT has been very pleased to collaborate with AEGEE. We consider this project as a great way to mobilize the European youth, have a grasp of their vision of the world and encourage them to reflect about different challenges and solutions. Considering that Y4PT’s objective is to encourage the use of more sustainable modes of transport, we supported the project through two initiatives.

Firstly, as the 6 AEGEE ambassadors were travelling around Europe by different means of transport, we offered them a way to better understand the impact of their mobility choices on our climate. Why is this important?

In the EU, transport is responsible for 25% of the total greenhouse gases emissions (GHG). And while you could think that the majority of these emissions are due to the transport of goods around the continent, passenger transport is actually responsible for 58% of the EU transport emissions! It is therefore crucial for the European citizens to understand that their daily mobility choices can have a real impact on the EU efforts to decrease its GHG emissions and thus avoid the worst impact of climate change.

To help our ambassadors monitor their choices, Y4PT members designed a carbon footprint calculator specifically dedicated to transport.

Prague, a city where public transport is loved by locals

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Written by Heyder Ribeiro
??????????As part of the Y4PT collaboration with AEGEE in the  project Europe on Track II, I went to Czech Republic to meet the Blue Team ambassadors (Javier Castillo, Wessel Reijers and Yana Brovdij)  during their stay in Prague. Together, we visited the depot of Prague’s main tube line to have a closer look into one of Europe’s best public transport systems. Also, at  Vysoké škole ekonomické v Praze (University of Economics) we had the opportunity to meet young European students, and for a couple of hours, talk about some matters that will shape Europe’s future.

There is a lot to tell and to ensure that you will not miss any bit of this adventure, I will divide this experience in 3 different short articles. So let´s get started.

As an Y4PT representative I aimed to observe and experience Prague’s public transport from the perspective of a visitor, which was my case. But also I wanted to get the impressions of the locals; the ones who move around town on a daily basis. At last, with the help of Dopravní podnik hlavního města Prahy (Prague’s public transport company), I intended to have a better understanding of the logistics and challenges involved on keeping public transport working 24 hours a day. 

In order to prepare myself for this challenge, my trip to Prague started before my departure. But when I sat down to study some basic words in Czech, and search more about the city I was going to visit, I wasn’t expecting to read in a traveller’s guide book, things such as: “We (Prague citizens) are very proud of our awesome public transport” or: “Be like us, and use our public transport!” It sounded amazing to see locals proudly encouraging the use of their public transport, because I can’t think of a cheaper and more efficient way of promoting public transport.

So with some good tips written in my notebook and great expectations, I left to Prague.

More than 4000 Km in 4 days

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Carbon_footprint_status_14-04The ambassadors of Europe on Track are in their 4th day of travelling and they have already travelled more than 4 000 km around Europe.

In order to reduce the environmental impact of their travel, the ambassadors are not only trying to use the sustainable means of transport, but also measuring their carbon footprint.

But what is Carbon Footprint?

In a nutshell, Carbon Footprint is the shorthand to describe the best estimate that we can get of the full climate change impact of something. That something could be anything – an activity, an item, a lifestyle, a company, a country or even the whole world.

As we know, climate change is one of the greatest challenges of the modern age and reducing the carbon emissions is one of the main solutions for this issue.

Y4PT is happy to collaborate with AEGEE on Europe on Track 2

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When we first heard about Europe on Track at Y4PT we immediately thought… what a great idea! What a great idea to open the mind of young Europeans, to encourage them to discover new cultures and new ways of thinking and to make them travel throughout Europe. So we asked ourselves, how could we contribute to this project? How could we bring the transport related issues to the heart of the project?