The goal? To support cities in their efforts of developing more sustainable urban mobility systems.
QUEST - Quality Management Tool for Urban Energy Efficient Sustainable Transport - was a project that developed an audit tool to evaluate a city's urban mobility policies. Based on the results of the QUEST, an audit a tailor-made improvement programme was recommended for each city. The focus of the improvement programme was directly linked to the present state of urban mobility policies. Cities that completed a QUEST audit received a certificate which recognised their efforts in sustainable urban mobility planning. Almost 50 cities from all over Europe were involved in QUEST, demonstrating the demand for advice on how to improve urban mobility policies at the local level.
The expected impact of the action plans has been assessed about carbon footprint. With a clear set of assumptions, estimations have been made of the expected modal shift from car use to environmentally friendly modes of transport in each city. The overall results show a predicted yearly reduction of approximately 5% of car-related carbon emissions, culminating in 2,8 million tons of C02 up to 2020, which is almost 0,5 tons of CO2 per inhabitant. For a relatively simple and easy-to-use tool, this is a good and promising result with a high effort/result ratio.
Key deliverable: QUEST Project Final Brochure (Final report)
QUEST was co-funded by the European Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, under the STEER programme.