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What is the role of innovation in fostering sustainable mobility? 7 comments from our contributors

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Alfredo Sánchez Vicente

Project Manager - Transport

European Environment Agency

There is still a long way to go in making mobility truly sustainable in Europe. In 2011, greenhouse gas emissions from transport were still 25 % above 1990 levels in Europe, despite the goal to reduce emissions by 60% of 1990 levels by 2050. But greenhouse gas emissions and climate change are not the only concern. For example, air pollution is...

Posted on: 14/04/2014  | 

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David Font

PhD researcher, Department of Industrial Ecology

Leiden University

Because of the many environmental, social and economic challenges stemming from our current mobility system, society is increasingly realising its unsustainable nature [1] . To straighten this situation, there are only two possible courses of action. The first solution would be to rummage through existing ideas and use them to change our current...


Posted on: 07/04/2014  | 

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Kevin Mayne

Development Director

European Cyclists' Federation

The bicycle is not just a simple machine; it is a powerful innovative tool – and there are ‘game changing’ breakthroughs to highlight. The EU cannot deliver its mandatory carbon reduction targets without a massive shift away from carbon producing vehicles. Shifting to sustainable means of transportation is within our reach...

Posted on: 31/03/2014  | 

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Dr. Susan Shaheen and Matthew Christensen

Transportation Sustainability Research Center

University of California, Berkeley

Innovations in transportation technology and mobility services are altering the way people move through cities. Transportation modes as they have been traditionally known have been reimagined and retrofitted to meet the demands of a changing socio-demographic and environmental landscape. Bikesharing (shared use of a bike fleet) has turned the...

Posted on: 24/03/2014  | 

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Philip Insall

Director, Health and International


Sustainable mobility we need: does it have to be innovative? The world is changing. That change is coming quickly; faster all the time. What worked yesterday may no longer be appropriate and nowhere is this change more pressing than in transport policy.  We have become addicted to mobility, to travel and to transport goods, but we now know...

Posted on: 17/03/2014  | 

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Alan Phillips

Director of Sustainability

Arizona Chemical

Biorenewability: The Road to a Better World.  With threats of global warming and climate change, along with explosive population growth, developing more sustainable approaches to energy consumption and transportation are vital. So far the conversation about sustainable mobility has focused on a need to invest more in alternative fuels and...

Posted on: 10/03/2014  | 

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