Sustainable Mobility for Smart Cities hosted by the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility
Interview with Prof. Dr Tobias Bernecker and Jens-Jochen Roth on the concept of Sustainable Logistics in Germany
Q.1: What are the biggest challenges for the logistics industry worldwide?
Prof. Bernecker: Through continuous growth of world trade, transport and traffic volumes have doubled over the past years. This is causing increased rail and roadway congestion, delays at seaports, and an accelerated wear and tear of transport infrastructure. As a result, the economic viability of the transport sector and whole economies are jeopardized. Furthermore, ecological impacts associated with transport, such as increasing environment hazards and greenhouse gas emissions present a tremendous challenge.
ASEAN is a fast growing region with a high mobility demand. The region’s prosperous automotive industry and a rising middle class, alongside the pursued integration in the Asian Economic Community (AEC) have created high hopes for possible engagements in this region. Therefore Landesbank Baden-Württemberg invited representatives of ASEAN countries, suppliers and manufacturers of the German automotive industry, consultancies, and academic experts to discuss opportunities in the field of automotive and electro-mobility for the ASEAN region.
Out now: “Big Cities, Big Challenges – Sustainable Urban Transport across Major Middle East and North African Cities”
The urban population in the MENA region is forecasted to grow significantly over the next decades. Cities in the region face major mobility challenges, as transport systems are sometimes inadequate, as investment is directed toward private cars. For cities to remain attractive to inhabitants, mobility obstacles need to be overcome. Using examples of international best practises, this report gives an overview of the challenges sustainable urban transport faces in the MENA region and offers possible solutions. Experience worldwide has shown that solving transport issues requires more than mere investment in infrastructure. Vision and political will to change and improve urban transport mark the first step toward a sustainable transport system. Following this, successful change requires a can be reframed through proper urban planning and accompanying policy measures.
Download the full report here.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) have worked both individually and together to improve urban transport in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and to develop sustainable urban transport systems. The cooperation between the two entities has included three jointly organized training workshops with actual site-visits in Amman, Istanbul and Rabat.
The German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility (GPSM) hosts the event “Sustainable Mobility for Smart Cities” at the Metropolitan Solutions Berlin on May 20th, 2015. During this event, national and international experts will have the possibility to exchange experiences and knowledge on sustainable mobility with a strong focus on urban development and related challenges. The event will focus on the three areas Smart Mobility, Clean Air and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The GPSM supports the transformation towards sustainability in developing and emerging countries as a platform for exchanging knowledge, expertise and experiences.
Rupprecht Consult about the importance of holistic approaches and their successful application in the example of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans.
Ralf Kalupner, founder and CEO of nextbike GmbH, about future trends and challenges in the area of public bike-sharing systems.
The German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (giz GmbH) has just released a new infographic which shows the measures that Germany has taken during the last decades to improve road safety. The measures are divided along the categories of infrastructure-related interventions, organizational improvements, measures at the vehicle level, emergency medical services, and user-related measures. Experts from the University of Wuppertal and BASt contributed to the graphic with their knowledge and experience.
The infographic can be downloaded here and soon also printed copies (DIN A0) will be available. If you would like to have some copies for use in your projects, for discussion with partners or for presentation at events please drop us an email (email@example.com).
Developing real-time solutions for the logistics and the transport sectors is one of the key tasks of the PTV Group. Mr Peter Mott, Director Business Development Public Transport, gives insights into their work, their definition of sustainability and next steps.
Air quality and sustainable transport development are high-ranking priorities for decision-makers and planners in Chinese cities. In the framework of the EU-China Urban Partnership, a high-ranking delegation from Chinese cities visited Gent, Antwerpen, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Aachen. Organised by the European CIVITAS DYN@MO-Project, the delegation met up with transport professionals from the city of Aachen as well as with representatives from the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility on January 21.