Last week, the city of Lyon hosted the World Summit Climate and Territories. Elected officials and non-state actors from around the world met in Lyon to advance the role of local authorities in the fight against climate change. During two days, ten workshops were organized around themes such as adaptation, territorial planning or finance.
Our partner CODATU was the co-leader of the Mobility and Transport workshop and coordinated the preparation of a statement on the relationship between transport and planning. Invited by CODATU, INTA contributed to the discussion and drafting of the commitment text. The workshop highlighted the challenges of urban transport because of a high percentage of GHG emissions at the level of local communities. For participants, the mobility of people should be at the heart of the issues related to sustainable development and climate change. It is essential for access to key services, employment, shopping, health and education, especially for the poorest. Providing affordable, safe, clean, efficient, reliable and accessible transportation is essential to ensure economic and inclusive growth for the whole society. For various stakeholders, reduction of urban transportation GHG emissions is both an emergency and an opportunity to promote a more sustainable and inclusive mobility in urban, and rural areas. The need to limit greenhouse gas emissions opens up new perspectives to change urban mobility and better structure our cities. It will also encourage the emergence of innovative economic activities, for new sources of wealth, and creating jobs.
The call at the end of the workshop was to create momentum to trigger a fundamental change in urban mobility by 2020. The signatories are committed to implement before 2020, and in a participatory manner, a Sustainable Mobility Plan at the level of territories with a clear objective of reducing CO2 emissions which will have to be reached with 10-year horizon, promote active transportation, particularly walking and biking, in particular by offering better safety conditions for users. Furthermore the signatories undertake to regulate the use of low occupancy private vehicles and encourage the renewal of fleets with cleaner vehicles, by establishing low emission traffic zones and promoting tenders pooled.
INTA has emphasized the importance of innovation in the ecosystem of mobility, travel and transport and proposed six areas of innovation for the future: autonomy and well-being, integration solutions, intelligent infrastructure, urban planning, dialogue between public and private actors, transit funding.
In conclusion, local stakeholders invited national governments to give the local authorities human and financial resources to develop sustainable urban mobility policies.