EcoMobility Days 2019

The EcoMobility Days combines the main elements that the Alliance offers its members, supporting them in enhancing sustainable mobility, good practice exchanges, tools and methodology trainings and offering a space for high-level discussions on the future of urban mobility.

Transport is already one of the most significant greenhouse gases contributors, accounting for 23 percent of global energy-related emissions, and a vital source of poor air quality in cities. Out of these 23 percent, emissions from urban freight contribute to almost 40 percent, making planning for sustainable mobility critical not just for the environment but also for urban space and livability. Following ICLEI Montréal Commitment and Strategic Vision 2018-2024, ICLEI repositioned its program on ecomobility under the umbrella of “Sustainable Mobility” in 2018, while expanding its work to include EcoLogistics for sustainable urban freight.

The annual EcoMobility Days 2019 took place this year at Autonomy, which presented ICLEI’s work on sustainable mobility and all cities had the opportunity to identify the common interest among each other and to discuss collaboration opportunities. Representatives of cities shared their current core works and developments on sustainable mobility in their cities while exploring future points of interest for collaboration.

Cities attended

More than 20 city leaders from Asia, Europa, North America attended the EcoMobility Days 2019. The Mayors, Head of transports and mobility experts shared their experience and commitment to implementing ecomobility in their cities.

EcoMobility Days 2019 Program

Introduction and update of ICLEI’s Sustainable Mobility work

  • EcoMobility Alliance
  • EcoMobility SHIFT+
  • TUMI Network

Beatrice Ch’ng, Sustainable Mobility Officer, ICLEI World Secretariat, Bonn, Germany

Present ICLEI’s EcoLogistics work and demonstration of the self-monitoring tool

Himanshu Raj, Sustainable Mobility Officer, ICLEI World Secretariat, Bonn, Germany

City introduction

  • What are the challenges you face in sustainable urban mobility in your country and region?
  • What are the flagship or core development projects or focus your city is worki ng on now?
  • What are your future priorities?


Moderated discussion to connect the cities’ interest and ICLEI’s work to explore future opportunities for collaboration

The discussion pointers are:

  • What are the goals your city would like to work on or explore in the upcoming one year?
  • What experience can you offer to exchange and share with other countries?
  • What actions can we replicate or scale up for increased impacts?
  • How can ICLEI’s support you through our work or programs? Are there any points of interest from today’s discussion

Some program areas

  • Electric mobility
  • Walking and cycling
  • Parking
  • Shared mobility
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Public transport
  • Freight
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan and Assessment

Thoughts for the future

  • EcoMobility Days 2020

Industry Talks at Autonomy

Time : 15.10-15.45, 16 October 2019

Format : Roundtable

Speakers :
Suzanne Jones, Mayor, City of Boulder, Colorado, USA
Torben Heinemann, Head of transport, City of Leipzig, Germany
Chen Jingyi, Project Manager, Planning and Development Bureau, Management Committee of Foshan Sino-German Industrial Services Zone, Foshan, China

This round table was moderated by Tsu-Jui Cheng, Program Manager and Global Coordinator, Sustainable Mobility, ICLEI World Secretariat, Bonn, Germany.

The urban mobility landscape in cities from Shenzhen to Oslo to Santiago is shifting. Faced with deteriorated air quality, cities are issuing more and more pollution alerts to mitigate the harmful risk of breathing in bad air. It is increasingly clear that electric vehicles (EVs) will play a major role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality. For electrification to have its maximum benefits, EVs must be plugged into a green grid, yet even under a high-carbon grid, electric buses on a well-to-wheel basis emit 30 percent fewer CO2 emissions than diesel buses.

While the electric revolution is happening, some questions are still unsolved, some more controversial than the others – how should waste batteries be handled? How can cities maximize the benefits of electrification while not encouraging more usage of private cars?

This session explored innovation pathways towards a cleaner energy and mobility system from three cities.

Time : 12.35-13.10, 17 October 2019
Format : Roundtable

Speakers :
Eugenio Prieto Soto, Director, Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley (AMVA), Colombia
Monika Zimmermann, Expert, Consultant, Urban Sustainability; Former Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

This roundtable was moderated by Tsu-Jui Cheng, Program Manager and Global Coordinator, Sustainable Mobility, ICLEI World Secretariat, Bonn, Germany

Driven by economic growth and the increasing demand for goods, freight transportation is at the core of today’s global economy. It is responsible for nearly 40% of the overall transport emissions in 2015 but is expected to be at least equivalent to passenger transport by 2050. The latest estimate from the International Transport Forum (ITF) says that global freight volume will triple between 2015 and 2050 based on current demand.

While urban freight issues are complex, good practices can be found from cities worldwide that are taking action to deliver sustainable urban freight. Many cities are starting to incorporate freight transport into their sustainable mobility plans or carbon emission reduction plans.

In this session, we discussed how ecologistics helps cities identify the importance of goods transportation and the benefits cities can receive when managing urban freight transport.


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