29th – 30th May 2013, Gävle, Sweden
On the 29th and 30th of May, the Gävle Concert Hall will host the 17th European Conference on Mobility Management, also known as the ECOMM 2013. The theme of the conference is “How mobility management can make sustainable transport a part of everyday life”. The two-day event has been organised by the European Platform on Mobility Management (EPOMM) and the local host Gävle, Sweden.
The Conference will bring together leading sustainable transport experts, including the keynote speaker Ronald Haverman, a pioneer of shared mobility who will talk about recent developments in this field in the Netherlands. Speakers from the European Commission that will attend the conference, including Vincent Berrutto, Head of Unit of the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme, which supports many innovative European projects on energy efficiency in transport; and Mark Major, from the DG MOVE unit “Clean Transport and Sustainable Urban Mobility”, who works on developing policies and with projects directly related to Mobility Management. The conference moderator will be Christer Ljungberg, an expert on sustainable transport systems and one of the pioneers of mobility management in Sweden.
The event will give insight into three leading EU-projects (QUEST, ADVANCE and EcoMobilitySHIFT) focusing on sustainable urban mobility plans. Research methods and new developments in Information Technology on Mobility Management will also be brought to the forefront in five scheduled sessions. Other sessions in the program include car sharing, bike sharing and the sharing of public space themes; and also the relationship between mobility management and the topics: health, land use planning, road works, freight & deliveries, e-mobility and policy drivers.
Excursions to learn about Gävle and its surroundings have also been scheduled, all within the Mobility Management context.
The European Green Capital Award and Mobility Management
Vitoria-Gasteiz, the European Green Capital 2012, won approval for its Sustainable Mobility Plan and active measures to promote eco-friendly modes of transport, including improvements to the public transport system, the extension of the city’s “Superblock” with its very low level speed zones (10 km/h) and better management of freight distribution.
The European Green Capital recognises the impact that well planned sustainable transport can have on the overall environment of a city and has listed local transport as one the 12 indicators for the Award. Not only does transportation management reduce greenhouse gas emissions but it also reduces the release of air pollutants that can cause health issues such as respiratory problems. Effective sustainable urban transport means healthier citizens, more accessibility, improved safety, more efficient and cost-effective transport of people and goods.
For more information about the European Green Capital Award click here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/europeangreencapital/index_en.html