Sustainable urban mobility

Congestion, noise, pollution – in response to the growing problems in the urban transport sector, the state of Brandenburg’s Ministry for Infrastructure and Agriculture (MIR), in cooperation with agencies from seven other European countries, commissioned the TRANSPOWER initiative with the common objective of making urban mobility more sustainable.

Technological progress in the transport sector has made travel much easier. But our mobility comes at a price: traffic congestion, increased fuel consumption, and rising pollution and noise levels in our cities. From 2006 to 2009, the TRANSPOWER initiative, which was funded by the EU’s 6th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, therefore focused on implementing urban transport projects in nine cities. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH contributed to the initiative by bringing together 16 partners from the urban transport, planning and environmental sectors in Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Austria, Italy, Romania, Serbia and Macedonia and helped them to implement sustainable mobility strategies.

Green mobility strategies

TRANSPOWER’s main objectives were to avoid traffic, encourage a switch to alternative modes of transport, and make transport greener.

Integrated transport planning emerged as a key instrument in this context: this takes account of the public’s needs, focuses equally on public and private transport, cyclists and pedestrians, and considers the environmental and health dimensions of transport.

When TRANSPOWER came to an end in 2009 after a three-year project term, the participants were able to point to some notable achievements: among other things, they have established a permanent network in which to share and disseminate the knowledge gained from the initiative and promote an exchange of experience, and have generated major impetus for cycling and local public transport.

On behalf of the Ministerium für Infrastruktur und Landwirtschaft Land Brandenburg


Julia Jesson