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Sustainable mobility on a tight budget: Unlock growth opportunities for your city!

10th – 12th March 2013, Nantes, France

Nantes, the 2013 European Green Capital is joining forces with the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and the Covenant of Mayors to host a conference on sustainable mobility this March. The conference will provide a platform to share best practices and explore successful aspects of sustainable mobility and public space planning from across Europe.

Advancing the goals of sustainable mobility is more than developing technology and infrastructure. Changing mindsets, influencing behaviours and including mobility in urban policy is of vital importance. As cities now need to do more with less, the discussion will focus on making the most of sustainable mobility with minimal budget.

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An increasing number of cities are taking up the challenge of becoming more sustainable, as shown by the number of signatories to the Covenant of Mayors. The conference represents a great opportunity for exploring this topic with experts across Europe. Nantes, the European Green Capital 2013, has been rewarded for the way that it has achieved sustainable mobility in an integrated way. Over the past ten years, Nantes has developed a sustainable transport policy with a focus on public transport and bicycles. Development within the city centre is planned to minimise car transport and to provide pedestrians with optimal conditions. Nantes was the first city in France to successfully re-introduce electric tramways. This effort will continue in the coming years and investments in new tramways, high quality buses service and bicycle infrastructure are foreseen. This ambitious transport policy together with a climate plan has already seen improvements in reduced air pollution and CO2 emissions.

The European Green Capital Award was conceived as an initiative to promote and reward the efforts of cities the play a key role in making the environment greener and improving the quality of life for its citizens.

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