2017 - 2019


As cities continue to work towards achieving Europe’s policy goals, it is becoming increasingly important that systems for monitoring and reporting progress are put in place. Through making use of sustainable urban mobility indicators, policymakers will be able to assess the success of current mobility measures, as well as ensuring that upcoming solutions are tailored to respond to the issues which are most pertinent to the cities in question.

SUMI provided technical support related to sustainable urban mobility indicators (MOVE/B4/2017-358). The project helped urban areas using the “SMP2.0 Sustainable Mobility Indicators” developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The indicators were created for cities to perform a standardised evaluation of their mobility system and measure improvements that result from the implementation of new mobility practices or policies. A common, practical and reliable set of indicators is crucial to assess the sustainability of mobility in European urban areas, providing the scope to track progress towards policy goals and identify potential for improvement. In addition, SUMI also aims to:

  • Support urban areas to apply the WBCSD mobility indicators
  • Create a benchmarking add-on to the WBCSD calculator tool
  • Build experience for the improvement of the WBCSD mobility indicators

The main result from the project were recommendations about the ways in which the WBCSD indicator set can be improved and about fostering long-term commitment among as many European cities as possible.

The sustainable urban mobility indicators (SUMI) benchmarking tool allows cities to assess the performance of their own policies, but also tallows them to compare their performance. The tool’s indicator set is divided between core and non-core indicators, covering a wide array of mobility-related dimensions. These range from the affordability of public transport for mobility-impaired groups to road deaths and energy efficiency, among others.

The SUMI benchmarking tool and full toolkit can be found here

SUMI started in December 2017 and culminated in December 2019.