Car2go launches China’s first free-floating carsharing service in Chongqing

After the successful introduction of car2go in 32 cities around the world, the subsidiary of German car manufacturer Daimler AG launched its service in the central-Chinese megacity Chongqing on 15 April 2016. Titelbild
With 400 cars available in a designated service area in downtown Chongqing (approx. 60 km2), it is not only the first Chinese city, but the first city in Asia to include free-floating carsharing in its urban transport system. As one of the forerunners in promoting carsharing, Chongqing can be awarded as a lighthouse for the overall development of new mobility services in China.

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Smart logistics for medication – Improving access

May 17 – 19, 2016 at Merck Innovation Center, Darmstadt, Germany

Kenya faces a central challenge in improving access to medicines and health products for low-income populations, especially in rural and remote areas. This is influenced by various challenges, such as limited availability of high quality products, inefficient demand planning, long lead times, lack of appropriate storage space, as well as poor infrastructure. Responding to this nationwide problem, the Government’s total health expenditure has increased to 3.04% of the total KES 2 trillion (USD 19.8 billion) budget for 2016/17.

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Lab on urban freight Transport transformation

30 May 2016 | 2pm – 5pm, Impact Hub Berlin – Friedrichstr. 246 – 10969 Berlin

As urban freight volumes are expected to increase, decision-makers and planners are developing new concepts to innovate inner city freight distribution. Micro depots and cargo bikes are just a few ideas in this broad field that we would like to discuss with you. Maybe your idea could be part of the solution?
We warmly invite you for our Urban Freight Lab at Impact Hub Berlin on 30 May, 2-5pm.
Join us for an afternoon discussion with an expert from BikeAnjo in Brazil and discuss with other friends from the GPSM network on what good concepts and innovative ideas in urban freight there are and on how they could actually change urban freight.

The discussion will be facilitated by Nele Kapretz from Impact Hub Berlin. It will explore the following questions

  • How could innovative urban freight concepts support a transition towards sustainable urban freight in developing and emerging countries?
  • Cargo cycling is still common in many places. How could existing concepts take the next step and convince policy makers again?
  • Where do you see challenges to implement green urban freight concepts in developing and emerging countries?

Register now and send your details to contact@german-sustainable-mobility.de

An interview with Christian Scherf from InnoZ

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InnoZ works on sustainable mobility solutions such as Carsharing with electric vehicles. Energy is thereby produced by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar integrated in an intelligent Micro-Smart-Grid. In this context we develop integrated business models between electric car fleets and smart energy grids; We try to establish new value chains as electric car batteriesare a major cost factor today. In the course of the energy transition (Energiewende), which means the switch towards renewable energy sources, temporary storage is a strongnecessary for guaranteeing grid stability.

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Bike-sharing Scheme launched in Lviv, Ukraine

ukraine0Lviv has taken yet another step to enhance its bicycle culture. The city and its partner nextbike launched their bike sharing scheme on March 30, 2016. They teamed up within the development partnership program ‘DeveloPPP.de’, which is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

We have spoken with Lviv’s cycling commissioner Oleh Schmid and Orest Chuguievets (GIZ) about the role and current state of cycling, the need for proper infrastructure and the new sharing scheme as a part of the city’s Integrated Urban Development Concept.

Ukraine’s nextbike representative Ostap Budenkevych gives a heads up to further extensions of the system in Lviv and potentially other cities. nextbike CEO Sebastian Schlebusch shares his motivation to step into the Ukrainian market.

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Carsharing in Germany on a rise in 2015

Photo by avda-foto / CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo by avda-foto / CC BY-SA 2.0

More and more carsharing vehicles are available in German cities. The city ranking on availability of carsharing vehicles conducted by the German Federation CarSharing (bcs) shows that the number of available vehicles has risen again in 2015. Nevertheless, there are still large differences concerning the access to carsharing offers between the investigated cities.

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“get started already!” – GPSM at CeBIT Transport and Mobility Day 2016

Inspire Connect Develop was this year’s motto of the BMZ Community Space at CeBIT, at SCALE11, the exhibition hall especially focusing on start-ups. The German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility contributed to the thematic day March 16 on Transport and Mobility with interactive workshops and a booth.

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Find out about “Benefits for Friends”

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Becoming a friend of GPSM can benefit your organisation in various fields. Find out more about possible activities, publications and disseminations by GPSM along the criteria Networking, public attention & representation and knowledge exchange in our new overview “Benefits for Friends”.

The German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility serves as a guide for sustainable mobility and green logistics solutions from Germany. You may exchange knowledge and experiences in the GPSM network and find new national and international partners. Along with its friends, GPSM produces a host of specialist publications, newsletters, a range of web-based formats and sharing member’s knowledge.Read more

Launch of the export initiative for environmental technology

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Today, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety launched the call for the export initiative for environmental technology “Exportinitiative Umwelttechnologien”. The call has a volume of five million euros in total.

You can apply when your organisation is based in Germany and works on environmental issues abroad. The initiative aims to fund inter alia projects that work on

  • circular economy,
  • mobility
  • or sustainable and eco-friendly regional infrastructure.

The initiative plans to support specifically urbanisation partnerships and international smart city projects. Further, it aims to support the application of environmental protections standards worldwide. We would highly appreciate you participating in the call. However, it’s advisable to apply together. We would suggest that you get in touch with us to coordinate your application. We’re happy to support your ideas.

Please find more information (in German)

Roundtable Tackling urbanization challenges – Sharing as a necessity in the future metropolis

Progressive urbanization and limited space in cities call for new solutions in mobility worldwide. Sharing schemes can be a key to turn cities into more livable spaces. Future trends in sustainable transportation have to be oriented along the 3Ds: Decarbonization, Deprivatization and Demotorization.

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The role of collaborative mobility in future cities was discussed at a roundtable on 17 February 2016 at the Impact Hub in Berlin. Four keynote speakers gave an insight on current developments and experiences gained by implementing sharing schemes.

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