UCL Energy Institute



HARMONY stands for "Holistic Approach for Providing Spatial & Transport Planning Tools and Evidence to Metropolitan and Regional Authorities to Lead a Sustainable Transition to a New Mobility Era".

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19 June 2019

Key facts

  • Funder: European Commission H2020
  • Project partners: Consortium with 20 members from 9 different European countries
  • Start date: 01/06/19
  • End date: 28/02/23

The continuous expansion of cities and the evolution of public transport are posing new challenges to face. Harmony’s vision is to enable metropolitan area authorities to lead a sustainable transition to a low-carbon new mobility era. This will be possible thanks to its harmonised spatial and multimodal transport planning tools modelling the changing transport sector and spatial organisation.

The HARMONY project envisages developing a new generation of harmonised spatial and multimodal transport planning tools which comprehensively model the dynamics of the changing transport sector and spatial organisation, enabling metropolitan area authorities to lead the transition to a low carbon new mobility era in a sustainable manner. Small-scale demonstrations with Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) and drones take place to understand in real-life their requirements and collect data to be used for modelling.

The model suite is already linked to six EU metropolitan areas assisting research: Rotterdam, Oxfordshire, Turin, Athens, Trikala and Upper Silesian-Zaglebie Metropolis.

Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, Harmony’s consortium gathers 20 members from 9 different European countries that will be working together until 2023. It also cooperates with CIVITAS, a network of European cities committed to testing and implementing urban transport solutions for a more sustainable mobility.

Highlighted outputs

HARMONY project partners deliver HARMONY Model Suite training accross Europe

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The HARMONY training 2-day workshop is designed to train the new generation of spatial and transport planners, while the HARMONY 1-day demo targets those who are directly involved in urban and transport planning in the cities, specifically focusing on achieving a zero-emission zone.

Training sessions took place in Athens, London, Delft, Katowice, and Turin. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from experts about the advantages of Harmony's Spatial and Transport Planning Tools for a new mobility era. Read the full story ►

First HARMONY drone demonstration: Delivering medicines in rural areas

Woman working on a drone
A drone demonstration project in Trikala, Greece, has been testing use of drones to deliver medicines to promote the use of drone technology for community assistance. Read the full story ►