Since late 2014, the REC has been developing and piloting on site a tool (https://tmt.rec.org) to monitor and help reduce CO2 and pollutant emissions and improve the energy efficiency of its employees’ commuting. The data it gathers (including fuel costs, savings and calories burned) feed into a daily ride-sharing platform and a website that also offers other information on public transport services, bike-to-work options and mobility planning. The technical set-up is illustrated here.
Interest in the REC’s sustainable commuting toolkit has been shown by, inter alia, the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the German Embassy in Hungary, Leicestershire County Council, the city of Szeged and the University of Szeged (Hungary), the Hungarian Business Leaders’ Forum, the EU’s CIVITAS Initiative as well as the new Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE project MOBI-Plan. Corporate interest has also been shown by regional energy providers, Morgan Stanley and Toyota Motor Europe.
The REC would like to bring the philosophy of smart, sustainable commuting to third-party users from 2018. The long-term aim is not to sell the resulting open-source tool, but to advocate and assist in its take-up at any workplace site numbering more than 50 employees via workshops, guidelines, webinars etc.
In phase one, by mid-2017 the selected intern(s) or partners will help to realise the following development activities as part of the REC’s system upgrade:
The IT developer should have the following knowledge, skills and experience:
The IT developer should have the following educational qualification:
Ideally, one IT developer or strategic partner will be selected for all tasks, unless: a) there are one or more philanthropists; b) there is more than one self-funded developer (intern); and/or c) the developers’ availability is limited to less than 15 months.
This full-time assignment is based at the REC’s head office in Szentendre, although interns need not be physically located at the REC throughout the assignment.
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