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Sustainable mobility


Sustainable mobility

One of the greatest environmental challenges we face today lies in mobility. People need a seemingly infinite network of vehicles and transportation systems to uphold societies and economies. Cars. Busses. Trains. Trucks. And other modes of transport each leaving their indelible mark on the environment.

How large a mark? Nearly one-third of global CO2 emissions come from the transportation of people and goods. Creating sustainable transportation solutions is one of the greatest challenges facing cities today but also a great opportunity for the low-carbon development of cities. And why mobility is the theme for WWFs One Planet City Challenge 2017-2018.

Sustainable urban mobility requires a mind shift: where transport in private cars and trucking give way to different modes of public transport. Like bicycle and pedestrian lanes, electric vehicles, car sharing and rail freight. More and more cities around the world are rising to the challenge. Creating solutions that ensure the vital flow of people, goods and services. While mitigating climate change and creating climate-safe cities.

Discover the most effective strategies cities are employing in case studies that highlight everything from bike sharing to busing:


One Planet City Challenge Mobility

The One Planet City Challenge Mobility programme is coordinated by WWF’s global cities team in Sweden and runs in Mexico, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia, India and South Africa during 2016 and 2017. Through this programme, WWF encourages cities to take action for sustainable urban mobility, increase knowledge and inspire more cities to follow suit. 

For Transport Month, WWF South Africa collaborated with Open Streets Cape Town to create the city's first-ever low-carbon transport competition. 

"Taking bold climate action
makes good business sense"

Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International.

City Challenge Digest

Commitments and actions of 328 cities towards a climate smart futute. 

>> Read report (pdf)

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