Activity 1.1: Commit to overall sustainable mobility principles


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Por Admin Eltis / Actualizado: 28 May 2019


An urban transport plan can only call itself sustainable if certain economic, social and environmental criteria are taken into account. An underlying understanding of, and commitment to, sustainabilityinfo-icon principles is an essential to direct the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan development process at an overall strategic level.



  • Ensure that basic sustainability principles are taken into account throughout the whole planning process.
  • Develop a joint understanding of what sustainable urban mobilityinfo-icon means.
  • Broaden the view to all aspects that need to be addressed to make the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan a truly sustainable document, also beyond transport and mobility.



  • Analyse to what extent sustainability principles are already part of your city’s or region’s policyinfo-icon (e.g. in visions, local agenda) on transport and mobility and related policy fields (e.g. sustainable land-use policy that makes use of brownfield land vs. one that promotes urban sprawl).
  • Check with local decision makers and key stakeholders with a say in relevant policy fields to what extent the sustainability principles are in line with the current political agenda.
  • As a starting point, try to achieve broad agreement on making sustainability principles the underlying fundament of the work on the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan.


Activities beyond essential requirements

  • Reinforce your commitment to sustainable urban mobility by joining the Covenant of Mayors and/or the CiViTAS Forum.
  • Make sure that a clear distinction is made between access to services and facilities (mobility) and traffic/ transport: The first is the objectiveinfo-icon of all activities, the purpose; the second is the instrument to realise access and mobility. An overall principle could be to provide access for the citizens with less traffic (= less resources, less costs, less fuel, less pollution, less accidents etc.).


Timing and coordination

  • Commitment at the beginning of the planning process.
  • Sustainability principles to be considered throughout the whole planning process.



Analysis concluded on the extent to which sustainability principles guide current policies relevant to urban mobility.
Overall commitment to sustainability principles from key stakeholders achieved.



Civitas forum network

Currently there are 216 member cities in the CiViTAS Forum Network that have signed the CiViTAS Declaration. The CiViTAS Forum is open to all cities that want to learn more about the usefulness of individual measures that support clean urban transport, and the best ways to combine and integrate them on a large scale. Participating cities must commit themselves to introduce ambitious, integrated urban transport strategies and:

  • Achieve a significant change in the modal split, in favour of sustainable transportation modes;
  • Follow an integrated approach, by addressing as many of the categories of CiViTAS instruments and measures as possible in their policy.

This commitment must be politically endorsed in the CiViTAS Forum Declaration by the signature of a local politician who has executive power.

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Covenant of mayors

The European Union (EU) is leading the global fight against climate change, and has made it a top priority. Its ambitious targets are spelt out in the EU Climate Action and Energy Package, which commits Member States to curb their CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020. Signatories of the Covenant of Mayors contribute to these policy objectives through a formal commitment to go beyond this targetinfo-icon through the implementation of a Sustainable Energy Action Planinfo-icon.

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Charter: connecting with waterways, a capital choice

The five European capitals Brussels, Berlin, Budapest, Paris and Vienna and their inland ports signed up to the ‘Connecting with Waterways: a Capital Choice’ charter. The charter aims to realise the EU ambition of achieving carbon neutral logistics in major urban centres by 2030. In March 2011, the Italian city of Pisa decided to join the original five European cities.

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Charter: Connecting with Waterways, a Capital Choice

Five European waterborne capitals want to prove that they play their role as primary node in a sustainable co-modal transport network. They want to be frontrunners not only in organising sustainable passenger transport, but also in achieving green and CO2 free freight supply, distribution and logistics.

In September 2011, Brussels, Berlin, Budapest, Paris and Vienna, five waterborne European capitals, have decided to further “activate” their connection with the waterway flowing through their city. They realised that the inland waterway in their town can offer a sustainable and efficient solution for bringing goods in and out of their city, avoiding as such the congestion barrierinfo-icon surrounding these big agglomerations. Moreover, by using the water more, these cities hope to contribute to achieving CO2 free logistics, one of the goals of the European Transport Policyinfo-icon for the years to come. To enhance the role of waterway transport, the political authorities of these European capitals will step up the dialogue with the inland port authorities and take the necessary decisions in view of tackling the growing challenges in terms of urban freight supply and distribution.

To mark their engagementinfo-icon, the five European capitals and their inland ports signed up to the ‘Connecting with Waterways: a Capital Choice’ charter. The charter, an initiative of Minister Brigitte Grouwels of the Brussels-Capital Region in cooperation with the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) and Inland Navigation Europe (INE), aims to realise the EU ambition of achieving carbon neutral logistics in major urban centres by 2030. In March 2011, the Italian city of Pisa decided to join the original five European cities.

Being at the same time one of Italy’s most important tourist attractions and hosting one of its oldest universities, Pisa is faced with seasonal variations in population and thus fluctuations in the need for freight supply. This motivates the city and port authorities of Pisa to reflect on ways to enhance the potential of the Navicelli Canal and the river Arno linking Pisa with the port of Rovigo and the sea.

Source: Isabelle Ryckbost (European Federation of Inland Ports) and Karin de Schepper (Inland Navigation Europe)