Mobility and Transport

Transport consumes one-third of all final energy in the EU, mainly fossil fuel. This means that transport is responsible for a large share of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions and a major contributor to climate change. While most other economic sectors have reduced their emissions since 1990, those from transport have risen. They now account for more than one-quarter of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Transport is a key source of environmental pressures in the municipalities and contributes to climate change, air pollution, and noise.

Sustainable mobility is generally defined as that mobility compatible with human and environmental health. If unsustainable transport significantly contributes to climate changing and has a negative effect on people’s health, trainsbuses, bicycles, and electric cars significantly reduce CO2 emissions and make our cities more livable.

With growing freight and passenger transport, the risk of pollution and congestion risk is increasing. We need to work towards a form of mobility that is sustainable, energy-efficient and respectful of the environment. The aim is to reduce the adverse effects connected to mobility. This means, above all, promoting co-modality, i.e. optimally combining various modes of transport within the same transport chain. Technical innovations and a shift towards the least polluting and most energy efficient modes of transport — especially in the case of long distance and urban travel — will also contribute to more sustainable mobility.

The transition to sustainable transport is also an issue of behavioural change at the individual, societal and company level. Energy agencies have to set the example and show that it is possible to change habits without too much effort.

Objectives

  • Develop measures that increase perceived membership benefits.
  • Support and inspire FEFDARENE’s members to develop their internal sustainability work related to mobility and transport.
  • Influence calls for proposals and project development so that projects can be planned and implemented with the least possible climate impact.
  • Exchange experiences on how to develop/design projects (scope, actions and measures) within mobility and transport, define difference from other energy efficiency or renewable energy project.
  • Offer knowledge-enhancing measures that give more agencies the opportunity to contribute to the work of creating a sustainable transport system.

Working Group Chairs

FEDARENE’s Mobility Working Group is chaired by our Vice-President Christel Liljegren.

Transport to and within Europe must become sustainable. In order to reach this goal, all actors in society must work actively to reduce emissions through improved efficiency and technology as well as changed behaviour. We, all the regional Energy Agencies in Europe, have the knowledge to support, operate and manage the work towards a sustainable transport system.

Christel Liljegren, Vice-President for Mobility and Transport


EU projects

E-Mobility Works aimed at fully developing e-mobility potentials in European municipalities and businesses, by developing e-mobility action plans for the municipalities and consulting local businesses regarding the integration of e-mobility in their corporate strategies.

The Bionic Regions, involving stakeholders at all stages of the supply and end-use chain, aimed at increasing the take-up of biofuels in the transport sector.

The Biogas Action project, based on a deeper cooperation between the different policy levels, aims at the rapid development of the European biogas/biomethane sector. It focuses on the removal of non-technical barriers to the widespread production of biogas from manure and other waste.

Webinars

FEDARENE initiated, since 2019, a series of webinars adressing Sustainable Transport:

  • The first one took place on the 10th of May 2019 and focused on Management of Transport of Goods, a Challenge for the Sustainability of Cities. Public authorities in partnership with their Energy or Mobility Agencies experiment with new initiatives aiming to reduce the negative impacts of the Transport of Goods such as greenhouse gas emissions, congestion, noise, vibration, and safety or health… Watch the webinar and download the slides here.
  • The second webinar of the series took place on May 7th 2020, and focused on Sustainability work related to mobility & transport. It was the occasion for FEDARENE members to comment on their experience in the development of innovative projects to improve their internal work in relation with mobility and Transport. This webinar took place during the COVID 19 crisis, and was also the occasion to show that work and travel practices can be reassessed to be more sustainable. Watch the recording here.

Publications

Fedarene Info 44 – Focus on Electro Mobility

The FEDARENE INFO is a short publication realised by FEDARENE which focuses specific topics related to the climate and energy transition and gives the word to renowned experts of the field, political representatives and FEDARENE members. In the 44th edition, focusing on Electro-Mobility, you will find:

  • An Edito by Ulf Hansson (Vice President of FEDARENE  for Mobility and Transport and Director of the Energy Agency for Southeast SwedenPresident),
  • A statement by Karima Delli (Member of the European Parliament, President of the Transport & Tourism Commission within the Parliament), which focuses on electric mobility
  • Articles by two FEDARENE members (eNu – Energie- und Umweltagentur NÖ, B&SU – Beratungs- und Service Gesellschaft Umwelt and Institut Català d’Energia) sharing their experience on e-mobility
  • A focus on FEDARENE key events and an update on its ongoing European projects.

FEDARENE Publication – Promoting Eco Mobility

Transport is responsible for a large share of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions and a major contributor to climate change. It has also proven to be one of the most recalcitrant sector for decarbonization. Many FEDARENE members are working hard to cut down transport emissions in their regions, but also improve citizens’ quality of life by reducing noise and traffic pollution. In this new publication, you will find out some of the most recent and remarkable projects FEDARENE’s member energy agencies and regions have been working on in this field.

All projects are featured in our 2020 Sustainable Regions in Action brochure published in January 2020.


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