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Eco-vehicle showroom city for a month

1st – 30th September 2013, Suwon, South Korea

Suwon city, located in South Korea, will be immersed in an eco-mobile lifestyle for the month of September where they will be showcasing the world’s latest innovative and eco-friendly methods of transport.The Haenggung-dong neighborhood in Suwon will feature a 4000 m2 car-free area, with citizens playing an active role in its implementation. “EcoMobility means priority for walking, cycling, wheeling, ‘passenging’. It describes a new paradigm for both our personal mobility choices and urban transport planning,” said Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, Creative Director and former ICLEI Secretary General.

01.09.13 EcoMobility

UN-Habitat will support the EcoMobility World Festival which has been jointly oganised by Local Governments for Sustainability, better known as ICLEI; and Suwon city (Republic of Korea). Some of the four-week event highlights include:

  • EcoMobility World Congress – A four-day event focusing on sustainable mobility latest trends featuring debates, workshops and knowledge exchange between experts, businesses and local governments.
  • EcoMobility Vehicle Parade & Exhibition
  • Test-course for Ecomobile Vehicles
  • Environmental Movies Festival

The full programme for the EcoMobility World Festival is available here.

Car-free day in Suwon last July 2013 ©Suwon City 2013

Car-free day in Suwon last July 2013 ©Suwon City 2013

Suwon’s ambitious environmental commitments include reducing emissions by 40% from 2005 baseline by 2030. Transport will play a key role in achieving this target, with Suwon set to become the first South Korean city to introduce a street-car tram.

European Green Capital Award

The European Green Capital Award recognises the impact that well-planned sustainable transport can have on the overall environment of a city and has listed local transport as one of the 12 indicators for the Award assessed by an Expert Panel. Copenhagen, the 2014 European Green Capital, impressed the Jury in terms of its model in urban planning and design. Copenhagen is also pioneering in terms of its transport policy, aiming to become the world’s most practicable city for cyclists. The goal is to have 50% of people cycling to their place of work or education by 2015, helping the city reach an ambitious goal of being CO2 neutral by 2025.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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