Highlights from the Mobility Forum in Karlsruhe (13-15 March 2019) Focus on decarbonisation

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“Cities are often the frontrunners in the implementation of sustainable mobility measures, acting as a driving force for higher climate ambition at national and EU level.” Mark Major, SLoCaT.

With more than 120 participants, the EUROCITIES spring mobility forum in Karlsruhe, 13-15 March 2019, reached a very high level of participation, thanks to the mobilisation of our members and an important presence of representatives from the private sector providing mobility services and products (Bird, Bosch, Daimler, moovel Group, PTV Group, Renault, , Stadtmobil). 
The challenge of decarbonisation, which had been identified as a key priority by the members of the mobility forum, after a consultation process late 2018, is part of EUROCITIES mobility strategy for 2019-2020, and as such it was chosen as focus of the forum meeting under the title “Empowering cities to go carbon neutral”. After an inspiring speech, by Mark Major from SLoCaT, the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport, setting the scene on the international and European level, participants were invited to contribute to two panel sessions on vehicle access management and on low carbon solutions for cities.
Cities are currently challenged by many innovations in the area of urban mobility, perceived sometimes as disruptive, and for which cities authorities need a better understanding and a more structured and coordinated approach, this is particularly the case for:
  • on-demand service, as part of Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

Facing the questions “How to strengthen the connection between rural and urban areas?” and “How to integrate existing public and private transport systems?”, cities representatives discovered the example of Karlsruhe’s Regiomove pilot project: a promising holistic and regional approach of urban-rural mobility. Started in 2017, under the leadership of the Karlsruhe Transport Authority (KVV), the project runs a new mobility platform consisting of an app and mobility hubs connecting public and private mobility providers supported by a team of researchers, municipalities, IT specialists and mobility providers supporting the technological and legal framework of this tool (www.regiomove.de

  • e-scooters booming on the urban mobility market

Many European cities have seen over the past semesters new engines parked on the pedestrian ways: e-scooters provided by shared service companies like Lime, Bird or Spin. These micro mobility providers have adopted different strategies to conquer the European streets going from unilateral decision to proper discussion with local authorities, but a common agreement among all stakeholders was that the multiplication of such providers- like in Madrid where 17 different companies are present- is not a solution and that some regulation should be defined.

A recorded inspiration message provided by Morten Nordskag, Special Adviser on International Climate Cooperation from the City of Oslo, complemented by exchanges in the working groups, supported the discussions on success factors to reduce CO2 emissions, identifying three decisive pillars:

  • Appropriate funding: the Oslo package is a long-term funding and investment programme supported by revenues from tolling. The current package (2004-2037) has already contributed to the implementation of several cleaner mobility for example, the renewal of trams or construction of new metro links
  • Efficient governance and decisions-making structure: for example in the case of Oslo with a new transport joint-venture since 2008, which enabled a simplification of the ticketing system and zones and therefrom the improvement of quality of public transport for the users
  • A flexible target-oriented planning: Oslo has the legal obligation to review the planning every 4 years whilst keeping its target(s)

For the year 2019, Oslo has been awarded the title of European Green Capital, the city will host the EUROCITIES Environment forum in autumn 2019. (For more information on Oslo’s climate strategy and climate budget)

During the interactive session with private companies, which was organized for the first time and unanimously welcome, opinions were confronted on a range of issues such as car-sharing, e-scooters or mobility apps. The discussions covered among others the question of how far (mobile) apps should integrate different services and partners to be efficient, relevant as well as largely adopted by the public. The example of Lyon’s pass trabool was mentioned: this pass developed by the municipality and its partners is a unique mean to access a wide range of services in the area of mobility but also cultural activities or sportive events. (More info: www.trabool.com)

You can also find all the pictures here

All the working documents and presentations are now available in the members area (after accesssing with your user name & password)

EUROCITIES staff contact

Arianna AmericoProject & forum coordinator