Momo – more options for energy efficient mobility through car-sharing

By Pavlina Dravecka / Updated: 22 Sep 2015

All European cities face a similar problem: there are too many cars and too little space. The momo project addresses this problem using car-sharing. Car-sharing saves public space! A good car-sharing service can easily replace 10 private cars for every car-sharing vehicle provided. Car-sharing reduces the carbon footprint of transport. Car share users drive less and instead walk, cycle and use public transport. The emission standards of car-sharing vehicle tend to be better than those of privately owned vehicles and there are life-cycle savings from the cars which will not be produced and sold to private owners.

Today, there are about 500,000 car-sharers in Europe. But the potential is much larger: the EU27 could have 6 million car-sharers by 2020 – if there was more knowledge and support. Europe’s cities could be relieved from the burden of about 600,000 cars which will no longer demand parking space. Parked end-to-end, these cars would require a parking space of 3,000 kilometres length, equivalent to a distance from Stockholm to Madrid or from London to Athens! If one attempted to provide parking garages for these cars, an investment of about €9 billion  would be necessary! The ‘momorandum’, the key political document of the final momo conference on 15th September 2011, calls on the European Commission to exploite this enormous potential for sustainable mobility.

Within the momo project, the city of Bremen has developed the first municipal Car-Sharing Action Plan in a European city - with a target of at least 20,000 car-sharers by 2020 – reducing the demand for parking in the inner city neighbourhoods by about 6,000 cars.

LATEST NEWS: The Bremen Car-Sharing Action was awarded with the Austrian Mobility Award of VCÖ (Austrian Transport Club). On 27th September 2011, the Austrian Minister for TransportDoris Bures, the Minister for Environment Nikolaus Berlakovich and the Head of the Austrian Mobility Club VCÖ, Willi Nowak handed over the award to Michael Glotz-Richter as representative of the City of Bremen.

Momo is co-funded by the EU under the Intelligent Energy Europe programme.


See how car-sharing works in practice:

This car sharing video clip is also available from the Eltis video section:

“Imagine this happening 600,000 times in Europe”: video spots how street space can be used for better purposes than parking: