Date: 2005-2008
Project coordinator: Marc Stemerding (Goudappel Coffeng)
Consortium Cities: Martin, Zvolen, Verona, Hilversum, Stockholm, Tranava, Ludwigsburg, Donosti, San Fernando de Henares
Expertise parties: gea 21, Goudappel Coffeng, Senter Novem, Slovenská Technická Uiniverzita v Bratislave, Warsawa University of Technology, Net Engineering, JT, Joachim Eble Architektur
Responsible partners from gea 21: Isabela Velázquez, Carlos Verdaguer.
Other gea 21 partners involved: Pilar Vega, Alfonso Sanz, Christian Kisters
Framework: EIE Call Objectives Intelligent Energy for Europe VK9 (STEER): Policy measures for an efficient use of energy in transport

The Snowball project is presented by a group of European cities and experts on urban planning. The project is subsidized by the European Commission in the STEER programme.

The project is motivated by recent experiences based on demonstration and research (Ecocity), that show that integrated urban planning will lead to plans of better quality, in terms of energy savings and the environment. In order to achieve better quality, Snowball introduces two types of integrated urban planning methods: Local Transport Performance, an area-based approach that reduces energy intensive transport demand, and Drive Slow Go Faster, a corridor based method that improves energy efficiency of traffic by establishing constant reduced speeds.

In the project, six cities (Verona, San Sebastian-Donostia, San Fernando, Zvolen, Martin and Ludwigsburg) will implement plans following these concepts. The cities are supported by three other cities (Hilversum, Stockholm, Trnava) that implemented similar plans earlier.

Furthermore, quality support groups of experts are set up throughout Europe, to disseminate knowledge and skills on integrated planning. The implementation cities are trained to support other cities later on, thus getting a Snowballeffect of integrated planning. Snowball aims to:

1. Provide municipalities with experiences and tools to sustainably (re)create urban areas or corridors.
2. Implement integrated urban planning methods in the six partner cities.
3. Disseminate the evaluated project knowledge to other European cities.
4. Reduce the demand for transport, facilitate a modal shift and significantly reduceenergy consumption, emissions, noise and traffic accidents.
5. Add value to previous EC actions: Ecocity, CIVITAS, Cities of Tomorrow.


Donosti Presentation Poster (Ludwigsburg Final Conference)
San Fernando Presentation Poster (Ludwigsburg Final Conference)
Interview in Spanish with Marc Stemerding (Project Coordinator)