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Newsletter #7 | November 2016


 SOLUTIONS contributes to New Urban Agenda and Habitat III conference

The SOLUTIONS team actively contributed to the Habitat III Policy Units that developed the framework for the New Urban Agenda that was adopted at the Habitat III conference in Quito in October. As follow-up of these activities SOLUTIONS presented the potential of city twinning for transferring and implementing sustainable urban mobility solutions at several events at the conference.

At the Transport and Mobility Special Session, organised by UN-HABITAT and attended by around 200 participants, ICLEI Europe Deputy Regional Director Ruud Schuthof introduced the aim, progress and main outcomes of SOLUTIONS, and the cities that partnered in the project.

Boosting Urban Climate Action” Side Event at Habitat III

In a session at the German Pavilion in the Habitat III Exhibition Area, co-organised by the SOLUTIONS network and the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative, panelists discussed the opportunities and barriers of sustainable transport measures. The Urban Mobility Training on the third day provided insights on the challenges of creating liveable cities and the role that urban mobility can have to increase liveability while reducing carbon emissions. 

The "Boosting Urban Climate Action” Side Event presented international activities in sustainable urban development, energy, mobility and climate change mitigation, drawing on the experiences from the SOLUTIONS and the SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN projects. 

SOLUTIONS, the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative and UN-Habitat also organised a training session on the integration of electric mobility solutions into a wider sustainable transport concept. 

Finally, SOLUTIONS was featured in a presentation by Oliver Lah from the Wuppertal Institute as an example of practice-oriented ways to address key challenges to sustainable urbanisation in the Urban Dialogue session on the last day of the conference on Urban Services and Technology. 

For more information on the content of the events, visit the SOLUTIONS News section.

SOLUTIONS publishes regional reports and factsheets

The SOLUTIONS project has released three reports that present the urban mobility needs, policy barriers and recommendations for sustainable solutions in countries in Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean. 

The reports - which focus on Brazil, China, India, Israel, Mexico, Morocco and Turkey -  are based on research conducted by leading climate, mobility and transport experts from local authorities, consultancies and research institutes.

The research included analysing innovative and sustainable urban mobility solutions, conducting personal interviews and hosting local workshops. This allowed the project’s experts to identify the main urban mobility needs, gaps and priorities in the respective countries, and to recommend relevant urban mobility measures.

To complement the regional reports, the project has also produced a series of factsheets based on urban mobility measures it identified as part of its research. Each factsheet presents an urban mobility solution (e.g. cargo bikes or SUMPs) and then presents an example of a city or country that has introduced the measure.

To download the regional reports, visit the SOLUTIONS Products page. To see the Factsheets, visit the SOLUTIONS Factsheets section


The SOLUTIONS project has launched the SOLUTIONS Network - a new initiative to maintain its collaborations on sustainable urban mobility.

The SOLUTIONS Network will broaden the original project’s partnerships by inviting additional organisations from around the world that are working on implementing sustainable urban mobility actions. It will also link their activities to boost their impact, and create new partnerships to develop targeted concepts and pilot projects for sustainable urban mobility solutions.

As part of its future activity, the SOLUTIONS Network will host a number of upcoming webinars on a variety of topics (for an example of the content, see here). It will also launch a call for cities from Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa to become involved in the network’s activities as leading, take-up or training cities.

The SOLUTIONS Network continues the cooperation with leading experts and city networks from around the world, aiming to foster knowledge exchange and boost the uptake of innovative sustainable urban mobility solutions.

Stay tuned to the SOLUTIONS website, and Twitter and Facebook feed for future announcements. To join or to find out more about the SOLUTIONS Network, please contact Oliver Lah at oliver.lah@wupperinst.org.


SOLUTIONS online consulting tool

The SOLUTIONS project has launched an online consulting tool that aims to efficiently guide urban transport professionals into the innovative and green urban mobility solutions that were investigated within the project, facilitating the identification of those fitting best their interests and needs.

More specifically, urban transport professionals and policy makers can select the thematic cluster they are interested in and get a comprehensive overview of the respective solutions. The context, results, type of impact, indicative case studies and challenges to be met but also opportunities to arise from the transferability of each solution are being described in a comprehensive manner. This allows web-users to decide in good time whether a solution fits their needs and priorities and presents more detailed information provided through other SOLUTIONS products.

To use the online consulting tool, visit the SOLUTIONS Products page.

Events round-up

Over the past few months, SOLUTIONS partners have been very active in showcasing the activities and achievements of the project. In July 2016, at the 14th World Conference on Transport Research in Shanghai (China), Oliver Lah from the Wuppertal Institute presented SOLUTIONS and the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative, and three papers on governance, transferability and synergies of sustainable urban mobility measures.

In August at the World Clean Air Congress and Better Air Quality Conference in Busan (Republic of Korea), the SOLUTIONS team and the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative co-hosted a session on "Enabling and Scaling-up Electromobility”. The event discussed the integration of electric mobility solutions into a wider concept of sustainable mobility to make a positive contribution to global climate change targets, the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.

At the 4th World Collaborative Mobility Congress in Warsaw (Poland) in September, a number of representatives from SOLUTIONS cities presented at the conference's parallel sessions. Peter Dalos from the Centre for Budapest Transport (Hungary) presented on Cities & Public Transport Companies, and Kochi Mayor Soumini Jain and Rajan Chedambath, the director for heritage, environment and development at the Kochi Municipal Corporation spoke about P2P carsharing.  Övünç Yilmaz from Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey) presented on bike- and scooter-sharing, while Ramon Victor Cesar and Célio Freitas Bouzada from BHTRANS in Belo Horizonte (Brazil) discussed co-mobility in growing economies. 

In October at the Livable Cities Symposium 2016 in Sapanca (Turkey), SOLUTIONS presented the activities and outputs of the project, and in Marrakech (Morocco) at the COP22, SOLUTIONS hosted a side event, titled "Boosting sustainable mobility in Europe, Asia and Latin America with city-to-city cooperation". The event featured an introduction to the SOLUTIONS Network and Urban Electric Mobility Initiative, and a number of thematic presentations from the FIA Foundation, the International Transport Forum, the International Energy Agency, the World Resources Institute, and the University of California, Davis.

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