The winning projects of the climate action award for local government from 2012-2014 represent a wide variety of measures available for effective climate action – from climate action in local government properties through cooperation strategies with other relevant stakeholders to public participation initiatives. Other municipalities and regions are urged to learn from and emulate these climate activities and come up with their own ideas. The successfully completed projects presented in this booklet prove that climate action is worthwhile: Click here for the full booklet
Yichang, the second largest city in China’s Hubei Province, has been honored by this year’s Sustainable Transport Award. Yichang won the award ahead of finalists Moscow (Russia) and Rosario (Argentina). The Sustainable Transport Award (STA) is given annually to a city that has implemented innovative and sustainable transport projects.
GPSM will be present at this year’s opening ceremony of the AGNH with a stall and will be representing its friends and the Network. In its new mobility policy, Hesse promotes specifically local mobility, especially walking and cycling as non-motorized modes. The new working Group on Local Mobility (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Nahmobilität, AGNH) aims to improve linkages of transport modes, as for example bus- and (local) train stations with cycling and walking. Next to other measures, easier interchange and accessibility could be convincing for many to use public transportation instead of their own car for daily commuting. Tarek Al-Wazir, minister for economic affairs, transport and energy of Hesse and Maria Vassilakou, Vienna’s vice mayor, will share interesting insights and host fruitful discussions about mobile urban society at the opening event.
There, we look forward to the active exchange of experiences and cooperation with you.
Since 2005, the HPA has provided future-oriented port management from a single source and takes care of the Port of Hamburg’s security and efficiency. The HPA meets the port’s growing demands with intelligent and innovative solutions. Responsible for resource-saving and sustainable planning and execution of the port’s infrastructure measures, the HPA is also the point of contact for questions regarding waterside and landside infrastructure, the security and efficiency of ship traffic, the dock railway, and economic conditions in the port. Further, it safeguards the port’s interests at a national and international level. The challenge for the future is to continue the path of digitalization of the port set by the smartPORT initiative and to implement the respective Projects.
How do you define sustainability in your own work?
To make the Port of Hamburg “greener” and more prosperous – that is the challenge we are facing. Avoiding emissions is a key concern of the HPA. Our own shipping fleet has been operating on sulphur-free fuels since 2009. In addition, both our own and most of the public jetties and wharves for inland waterway carriers, ferries and other service vessels in the port are equipped with shore power plugs. Solar energy and geothermal energy also play a part. Niedernfelder Ufer is home to the HPA’s state-of-the-art building that houses offices and social meeting rooms and incorporates the latest in energy efficient designs. Sustainability plays an increasingly bigger role in our daily working practices and forms an integral part of our objectives. This approach requires the courage to change practices and the commitment of everyone involved. This is the only way the HPA can meet its corporate and social responsibilities as a port operating across regions.
HPA also wants to be a role model for a sustainable port industry.
To make collective transport more attractive to city residents the developers of the app “ally” have worked on a suitable solution to reduce individual traffic and made a contribution to a greener and more efficient public transport system.
GPSM: Could you briefly describe “ally” and how it differs from other urban mobility and local transportation apps?
Ally offers city dwellers smart navigation through their cities. Our internationally active community if commuters, open data enthusiasts and urban innovators help us to make city transport systems smoother and smarter. Thanks to our sophisticated backend infrastructure, we are able to analyse routes, schedules, prices and navigation behaviour enabling us to go one step further by offering valuable information on transport optimisation.
GPSM: What is your prognosis for the future of urban mobility and what impact will further digitalization and mobile technology have?
Urban mobility will be demand driven, quite similar to how we already consume media and other services today. Our goal is to reduce individual traffic and instead prioritise collective transport. This of course requires the use of innovative technology, in this case, our “transport cloud”. Mobile technology will be able to analyse precisely the supply demand balance and pave the way for data driven collective transport Solutions.
While the population of large cities in Germany is increasing and getting more culturally diverse, various challenges have to be met. There is a need for more workplaces and mixed living quarters that include places for integration and recreational spaces. A compact city structure should combine high-quality infrastructure and a well-suited transport system.
In this context, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) recently proposed new sustainability parameters for urban habitation. Besides new affordable living spaces and inner city workplaces, the major themes are sustainable mobility and clean air.Read more
On Nov 27, the cities of Essen and Mülheim celebrate the opening of the fast cycling way ‘RS1’, linking Mülheim Central Station and Essen’s city boundary. The first phase ensures safe cycling almost without any interruptions over a length of five kilometres.
This is just the first part of the ambitious cycle path project which will connect Duisburg and Hamm over a distance of 101 kilometres. It thereby crosses the whole Ruhrgebiet, mainly re-using old railway tracks of the area of industrialisation. Meant for every-day com muting, this cycle path is not mainly about enjoying the landscape, but leads you discover the regional heritage of the coal era from a totally new perspective. This project also carries forward the idea of Essen and the Ruhrgebiet being European Culture Capital in 2010.
With its extensive climate protection strategy, Germany has provided a fertile framework for innovation. Many diverse mobility solutions have been developed and implemented by German companies, cities and initiatives. This brochure presents ten hands-on approaches to climate-friendly mobility and green logistics. It includes concrete projects in the areas of urban passenger and freight transport, Read more
A distance-based toll for HGV, coaches and cars makes it possible to set differentiated charges for infrastructure and other costs incurred by society as a result of road traffic – for instance, environmental costs. Frequent drivers pay more than occasional drivers, resulting in positive ecological and traffic steering effects and which is why the use of this instrument in Germany should be expanded. The time-based vignette is not a meaningful solution, since it amounts to a flat rate charge for frequent road users and generates almost no environmental or traffic steering effects.
To read the full publication by UBA (Umweltbundesamt), the Environmental Protection Agency, please visit UBA’s website.
Stressing ridesharing as a sustainable mode of transportation, Katina Schneider, Co-Founder and Business Developer of Match Rider, elaborates on specific advantages of ridesharing for commuters. Additionally, there are many opportunities for app-based or dynamic ridesharing innovation in many developing and emerging countries .
GPSM: Could you briefly describe Match Rider’s concept and explain what distinguishes you from other ridesharing platforms?
Katina Schneider: Match Rider is a web and mobile platform designed to help people share rides. It focuses on short to mid-distance routes (typically less than 100 km), especially regularly scheduled commutes. Drivers using this dynamic platform set their route and Match Rider determines the best pick-up and drop-off points along the route (called Match Points). The system works like public transportation where each Match Point has a schedule associated with it, just like a bus schedule. Passengers can book drivers at specific times and locations on our website, iOS or Android app. Signing up to Match Rider is free and passengers pay the driver a fee of 10 Eurocents per kilometer. For instance, a distance of 20 km would only cost 2 Euros, making Match Rider a very affordable form of mobility.Read more