Statement from Global Alliance for EcoMobility
With particular input from ICLEI, GIZ, UNEP, EURIST and I-CE

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The Global Alliance for EcoMobility, launched at the Climate Change Conference in Bali in December 2007, is a partnership to advocate a transition towards sustainable urban mobility. The membership consists of leading global and regional-level organizations representing four different categories of stakeholders: businesses, governmental organizations, users and experts. ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - serves as the Secretariat.

The world is facing a challenging time in terms of mobility. The private motor vehicle continues to gain larger shares of users and is absorbing, directly or indirectly, the majority of transport-related investments. The transport sector as a whole is responsible for 13% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide (and a quarter of energy-related CO2 emissions) and is the fastest growing sector in terms of emissions. Road transport has the largest share of GHG emissions within the sector and is also responsible for up to 90% of urban air pollution.

To address these pressing global challenges, the Global Alliance for EcoMobility supports efforts - especially at the city level - that result in a reduction of travel distances and private car use and ownership, and that enable citizens to fulfill their mobility needs without jeopardizing sustainability. EcoMobility refers to an integrated transport system that allows people to use non-motorized transport and public transport to move about their local environments.

Major decisions with a long-term impact on urban mobility patterns and urban liveability will be taken in the years ahead. International dialogue on the following fundamental questions will lead to informed decisions:

  • How can excellent EcoMobility experiences be replicated elsewhere, particularly in rapidly urbanizing regions, while promoting the development of those regions?

  • Which sets of policies, infrastructure, tools and incentives can be implemented to create harmonious urban systems that result in sustainable mobility patterns for the majority of the population?

  • Which business models for EcoMobility will enable high quality transportation services within an acceptable level of public expenditure?

  • How can the inclusion of all external costs in transport economic appraisal be accelerated? Should the use of 'value of time' and low values of carbon be completely re-evaluated?

  • What is the correct balance of each component of the "avoid - shift - improve" strategy in terms of resources invested taking into account the return on investment and the impact/emission reductions achieved?

  • What are the roles of energy policy and electric mobility in a sustainable urban transport strategy?

  • How can the role of public transport be strengthened as the backbone of EcoMobility?

  • How can cities establish a reliable data set for measuring efficiency and impact of an EcoMobility-friendly policy?

The Global Alliance for EcoMobility welcomes your comments and will maintain a lively debate around these question in the new version of its website (www.ecomobility.org) to be launched by May 2011.