Cities are currently faced with unprecedented amounts of particulate matter and other harmful emissions. Transport, and particularly road transport, is responsible for almost a quarter of Europe's greenhouse gas emissions and is the main cause of air pollution in cities.
POLIS supports the transition towards cleaner urban mobility systems in all modes of transport, especially via the Working Group on Clean Vehicles and Air Quality and the Working Group on Traffic Efficiency and Mobility. Furthermore, POLIS is a member of the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), which promotes the integration of sustainable transport in global policies on sustainable development and climate change.
POLIS paper on decarbonisation of transport
Decarbonisation should be part of a new urban mobility culture: this is the core message of the POLIS paper on decarbonisation of transport, released in June 2016. The document outlines the need for an integrated approach that takes into consideration sustainable urban mobility planning, the wider spread of alternatively-fuelled vehicles and the use of intelligent transport systems to significantly reduce urban mobility’s carbon footprint while at the same time promoting more sustainable and healthy transport modes. The document is accessible here.