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Germany promotes Green Cities

Nov 13, 2018

How can the traffic problems in inner cities be solved? The Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) has announced a major funding programme for which cities with so-called Green City master plans can apply. Hypermotion will present some of these concepts.

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Only the controlled coexistence of different means of transport enables multimodal inner-city mobility

Blocked roads, a chronic lack of parking space, air polluted by nitrogen oxide: increasing traffic is putting more and more pressure on our cities. To develop concepts to remedy this situation, the German government has set up the “Sofortprogramm Saubere Luft 2017 – 2020” clean air programme. This sets aside one billion euros for local authorities that exceed the EU nitrogen dioxide limit of 40μg/m³ air based on annual averages. A quarter of this amount will come from the German automotive industry.

The money will be used to support measures such digitalisation of transport systems, electrification of urban transport, setting up charging infrastructures, retrofitting diesel buses in local public transport systems with exhaust aftertreatment systems and promoting inner-city cycling. All these measures should have an impact by 2020.

Green City master plans

Local authorities with so-called Green City master plans can apply for funding in the field of “digitisation of local public transport systems”. The packages of measures presented as part of these plans are tailored by the cities to suit their respective requirements and possibilities.

Hanover, for example, plans app-supported collection of bicycle traffic data that will be used as the basis for the optimisation of the cycle network. Mönchengladbach is focusing on the improvement of its electrical charging infrastructure. And Paderborn wants to promote low-emission delivery traffic and new distribution structures in city logistics.

Measures such as these are all part of the Green City master plans. Various German cities will be presenting their individual master plans for air pollution control as part of Hypermotion.

Exchange of views at Hypermotion

‘The creation of a master plan has given local authorities the opportunity to really think about how they would like to organise their traffic in future. In this way, we have been able to identify where there is still a concrete need for advice and how we can help local authorities to optimise their traffic flows and get the air pollution problem under control’, says Dr Julia Reuss, Head of the Urban Mobility Unit at the BMVI and responsible for the “Sofortprogramm Saubere Luft” programme, which plays an important role at this year’s Hypermotion.

The Federal Ministry of Transport hopes that the presentations of selected local authorities at Hypermotion will above all lead to a lively exchange with the relevant players and ideas for the concrete implementation of the plans. ‘We at the BMVI see ourselves as facilitators and pioneers of new forms of mobility, which is why it is always exciting for us to see what innovations there are in this area. We therefore expect new impetus, inspiration and above all intensive exchange with cities and companies to arise from Hypermotion. Start-ups in particular play a key role in advising local authorities because they are the ones who can turn innovative plans into reality’.

Smart Mobility Conference

It is increasingly cities, local authorities and regions that want to improve the quality of life of their residents and thus become drivers of the transformation in transport. As part of the “s=mc2 - Smart Mobility Conference + Communication @Hypermotion”, selected “Green City master plans” will be presented and both cities and companies from the mobility and logistics industry will offer their solutions for reducing pollution.

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Prize for sustainable urban mobility

The NUMBR1 Award presented as part of Hypermotion honours intelligent concepts for the future of public transport. It is awarded by the trade journal Nahverkehrspraxis and Hypermotion. The 2017 award was the ESWE-Verkehrsgesellschaft from Wiesbaden for a concept that ‘combines the goals of the energy turnaround with an intelligent transport concept’.

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Website of NUMBR1 Award

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