22 January 2020 | 4 minutes.

5 insights with POLIS into sustainable mobility

Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General, POLIS

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Transport is responsible for about 1/5 of the global CO2 emissions and nearly 1/3 of transport-related CO emissions originate from urban passenger transport. City-level activities are becoming increasingly important, especially due to the multiple benefits of sustainable urban mobility action, reducing CO2 while at the same time achieving much-needed improvements in the field of air quality, congestion, quality of life, traffic safety and public health. We can expect steady increase in urban transport demand with an ever-growing urban population and it is clear that dramatically different urban mobility systems are required. Cities should be recognized as major engines for bringing about the much- needed change in the transport sector. That change will never be easy though.

A key factor for success is that we manage to reconcile the needs of the individual user with those of society as a whole.

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