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The right solutions for achieving sustainable urban mobility

Innovative and green mobility solutions will have the potential to radically transform urban spaces over the coming decades. The EU-funded SOLUTIONS project has spearheaded exchanges between cities in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America to ensure such solutions benefit from only the very best technical knowledge and experience, and can be utilised on a truly global scale.
The right solutions for achieving sustainable urban mobility
The activities undertaken by the SOLUTIONS project have focused on such diverse areas as public transport, transport infrastructure, city logistics, network and mobility management, integrated planning and clean vehicles. ‘The project’s overall objective is to make a substantial contribution to the uptake of innovative and green urban mobility solutions across the world by facilitating dialogue and exchange, promoting successful policy, providing guidance and tailored advice to city officials, and fostering future cooperation on research, development and innovation,’ commented project coordinator Oliver Lah.

A network of cities

The project established a team of cities across four continents to work together on the implementation of urban solutions, with the core element of this cooperation being the SOLUTIONS City Twins that were supported by local and international knowledge partners. ‘These city partnerships contributed to the global knowledge sharing that reached over 2 000 transport professionals via eLearning, webinars and capacity building workshops and they worked together on concrete implementation projects,’ explained Lah. ‘For example, the SOLUTIONS take-up city of Belo-Horizonte in Brazil is now in the process of introducing a 30km/h zone in the city centre and is upgrading its cycling infrastructure based on exchange and cooperation with its linked city partner, Bremen (Germany)’.

Leading initiatives

SOLUTIONS also had the opportunity to contribute actively towards a New Urban Agenda, which was a part of the Habitat III policy process, an initiative of the United Nations. Lah himself represented the project in the Policy Unit on Urban Services and Technology and SOLUTIONS contributed with several sessions to the Habitat III summit in Quito, Ecuador to discuss key challenges and opportunities for sustainable urban mobility, with regards to a transition towards sustainable, low-carbon and inclusive cities. ‘The key message in this regard was the potential contribution sustainable mobility can make in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals at the local level, in particular as an enabler of access to social and economic opportunities, education, healthcare and other essential services,’ said Lah.

Another project outcome was the establishment of the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI) in cooperation with UN-Habitat that aims to limit the increase in global mean temperature of 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels by decreasing global urban CO2 emissions. ‘In particular, the UEMI aims to boost the share of electric vehicles in individual mobility (2-3 wheelers and light duty vehicles) and integrate electric mobility into a wider concept of sustainable urban transport that achieves a 30 % reduction of emissions in urban areas by 2030,’ explained Lah.

Beyond the project

Overall, the project, which formally ended in October 2016, was an enriching experience for all consortium members, Lah enthusiastically stated. ‘European cities and experts shared their experiences with counterparts from Asia and Latin America and had the opportunity to learn more about the many sustainable mobility innovations that emerge in these regions and which could be relevant for the European context,’ Lah said.

With the formal end of the project in sight, SOLUTIONS will continue in the form of the SOLUTIONS Network to maintain the project’s international collaborations on sustainable urban mobility. In particular, the new network will invite additional organisations from around the world and create new partnerships to develop targeted concepts and pilot projects. ‘In the near future, the Network will host a number of webinars and will launch calls for cities from Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean to become involved in the network’s innovation activities. These will be a part of a new project called Future-Radar, a partnership with the Technology Platform ERTRAC and the European Green Vehicles Initiative,’ concluded Lah.




SOLUTIONS, urban mobility, sustainability, cities, New Urban Agenda, UEMI, public transport
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