Sustainable Mobility and Logistics
Today’s mobility appears to be borderless and is widely taken for granted. We take weekend flights to Paris or Dubai. We shop online and demand immediate delivery. Even before consumer goods leave warehouses there is a global story to tell about their creation. At the same time the limits of these developments are becoming apparent as the western lifestyle and business and transport models have become a paradigm in countries like China, India or Brazil as well. The effects: air pollution, traffic despite ever-growing transport routes, and increased energy demands.
In the European Union alone, 25% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector – a trend anticipated to increase. With over five million kilometres of fixed road networks, the EU’s transport network far exceeds those of all other regions around the world. The rail sector is not much different. Thus, it is Europe that is being approached to develop new and sustainable forms of mobility.
Still, opinions diverge about how sustainable mobility and merchandise logistics, not only in Europe, could look. Whereas some propagate “small is beautiful,” and call for limiting consumerism, others encourage alternative energy sources or see an opportunity to bring together digitalisation, mobility, and sustainability.
The 2015 Langenburg Forum opened itself up for these diverse views and challenges and was determined to find results to meet lifestyle and global economic demands with environmental and climate protections in the foreground.
Together with the Science & Innovation Network of the British Embassy the Langenburg Forum hosted a workshop on mobility concepts for metropolises and urban areas in June 2016 in Berlin. 50 experts from the UK and Germany discussed possible solutions and approaches how mobility can be developed in a sustainable way.