24.–27.05.2023 #polismobility

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Green city

Emission-free and sustainable on the way to a green city

Renewable energy, alternative drives, emission trackers and a sustainable, environmentally-friendly traffic control: The city of the future is green, in its organisation, drive and mobility.

City dwellers suffer from noise, heat, high CO2 and fine dust pollution all over the globe. No wonder, after all cities are responsible for 70 percent of the global energy need and for 50 percent of the CO2 emissions. It is time to reduce the ecological footprint and push environmental protection, sustainability and the transport turnaround forward.

The climate policy goals for the transport sector in Germany and European Union have been set:

  • Reduction of the greenhouse emissions in the traffic sector by at least 40 to 42 percent compared to the year 1990 by 2030
  • A further reduction by 80 to 95 percent by the year 2050

In order to achieve these goals, we are going to have to get moving – away from individual transport in the direction of multimodal mobility – and consistently rely on innovative technologies. CO2-neutral drives, fuel made from renewable and alternative raw materials, energy storage, emission tracking as well as environmentally-friendly traffic control are essential elements of sustainable urban development.

Great progress with the electrification

Initial success is already tangible: Falling battery cell prices, increased ranges of electric vehicles and an increased availability of different models is currently leading to a rapid electrification of the existing vehicles – whether pedelecs, scooters, battery-run cargo bikes or vehicles for city logistics. In addition to electromobility, hydrogen is also an option, especially for delivery vehicles, but also for building site vehicles, building or street sweeping machines.

City greening is a further possibility of improving the climate in urban zones. More trees on streets, gardens and parks as well as plants on rooves, facades or vacant pieces of real estate help filter the harmful substances from the air. What's more: They contribute towards making the city more attractive and nicer to live in as a green city and upgrade urban life.

Discover future-looking strategies, innovative technologies and examples of best practice for green cities at polisMOBILITY.