LENS is glad to announce a first ‘save the date’ for our joint meeting on light vehicles, which is organised in cooperation with ACEM and POLIS. The two-day event will take place from 17-18 September 2024 at the premises of IFPEN in Paris, France.

L-vehicles are often an inexpensive and efficient way to get around cities, but also cause significant noise- and air pollution. Nevertheless, this particular mode of transport is often forgotten by policy makers and city administrations. Since L-vehicles are often an inexpensive, but also polluting mode of transport, which is often forgotten by policy makers of European cities, POLIS, ACEM and IFPEN will bring light vehicles to the centre of attention with a dedicated working group meeting about this vehicle category. Participants will have the chance to gain a holistic overview of the day-to-day impacts and externalities of L-vehicles in urban areas, while having the opportunity to attend the live noise- and air pollution measurement campaign of LENS and receive a tour of the IFPEN vehicle (components) testing laboratory.

Our L-vehicle focus topics

Internal planning of each working group session is currently ongoing, but a first outline is available below. Since L-vehicles are a POLIS priority of 2024, as they are often overlooked in the policy-making processes, this dedicated event will raise awareness and promote exchange between POLIS members and external participants from the LENS stakeholder & city platform. Each of the following topics will have 75min-long session, which includes presentations from POLIS members and/or ACEM, followed by an open discussion, moderated by the dedicated working group chairs; 

  • Clean Vehicles & Air Quality – Infrastructure requirements for small electric vehicles
  • Access & WG Parking – Parking management of L-vehicles in dense urban contexts with limited curb space 
  • Urban Freight – L-vehicles as the backbone of urban goods & food deliveries
  • Safety & Security – Challenge of L-vehicles exclusion from category of vulnerable road users
  • Governance – Share L-vehicle operation in urban areas  

Our LENS contributions

The second noise- and air pollution tests will be undertaken in Paris in the week of the event, which will further inform the upcoming deliverables, vehicle performance statistics and other results, which will be summarised and transposed into policy recommendations for cities and regions to tackle L-vehicle pollution and illegal tampering.

Preliminary Agenda*

Subject to change and future updates

Day 1 – 17 September 2024  

9:00 – 9:30  Welcome Words  
9:30 – 10:45  Clean Vehicles & Air Quality
10:45 – 12:00  Access & Parking 
12:00 – 12:15  Coffee break  
12:15 – 13:30  Governance & Integration 
13:30 – 14:30  Lunch  
14:30 – 15:45  Urban Freight 
15:45 – 17:00  Safety & Security
17:00 – 17:15  Coffee break  
17:15 – 18:00  Overview of LENS project   
18:00 – 21:00  Dinner (TBD)  


Day 2 – 18 September 2024  

8:30–9:45  Welcome Coffee  & Welcome address
9:45–10:30  Summary & first conclusions of LENS measurement campaign  
10:30–12:15L-vehicle pollution mitigation strategies in Paris (Bruitparif & IFPEN)  &  LENS project discussion
Site visit (subject to change if weather conditions are not suitable)