ECOMOTION BOOKLET 2020 - Breaking Through Mobility Innovation
EIT UrbanMobility –moving people, connecting communities, serving people and reimagining public spaces Cities are home to over 70 % of the European Union’s population and account for some 85%of the EU’s GDP. Having urbanmobility systems that workwell is crucial for citizens’ lives and our economies. However, inmany cities, increasing demand for urbanmobility is taking us in the opposite direction—urbanmobility accounts for 40%of all CO2 emissions from road transport and up to 70%of other pollutants from transport. Congestion in the EU is often located in and around urban areas and is estimated to cost nearly EUR 130 billion per year—more than 1 %of the EU’s GDP. In many cities more than 50 % of public urban space is taken up by roads and the space available for citizens for other uses such as work, trade, play or social interaction is only one-sixth of that allocated to mobility. The current model of urban mobility is detrimental to the wellbeing of our citizens, our climate and our economies. According to theworld climate report, limiting global warming calls for a rapid and far-reaching transition in patterns of mobility; above all people need to travel less and to use more sustainable and efficient modes of transport when they do. However, in recent year, the lack of integration in mobility sectors have been slowing down the change that is so urgently needed. EIT Urban Mobility’s mission is to accelerate change towards a sustainable model of urban mobility and liveable urban spaces. As the leading European innovation community for urbanmobilitywe foster integration by bringing together the key players across the whole value chain of mobility. We facilitate collaboration between cities, industry, academia, research and innovation to solve the most pressing mobility challenges of cities. EIT UrbanMobility puts the challenges facing cities at the centre of all its activities. EIT UrbanMobility aims to develop and deploy solutions for themobility of people, goods andwasteputting the challenges cities are facing at the centreof all its activities: • Accessibility and inclusion • Freeing up urban space • Data exploitation • Managing the transition • Combating pollution • Accommodating urban growth We facilitate an ongoing exchange of knowledge on urban mobility within our community and steer activities in the fields of innovation, education and business creation, identifying good practices and creating high-impact solutions that can be deployed and scaled up in our cities in Europe and further afield.
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