By Admin Eltis / Updated: 28 May 2019

Definition – Sustainabilityinfo-icon is often used as a short form for sustainable development, for which the most commonly cited definition is: development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. A very widely established attempt to operationalise this term stipulates that sustainability requires a careful balance between social, economic and environmental goals (often referred to as the “three pillars”).

Relevance to SUMP – As the term Sustainable Urban Mobility Planinfo-icon itself makes clear, sustainability is a principle that is central to the SUMP concept. The SUMP Annex to the EC Urban Mobilityinfo-icon Package states, “A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan has as its central goal improving accessibilityinfo-icon of urban areas and providing high-quality and sustainable mobility and transport to, through and within the urban area…”

In pursuit of this goal, a SUMP seeks to contribute to the development of an urban transport system which includes “…[meeting] the requirements of sustainability, balancing the need for economic viability, social equityinfo-icon, health and environmental quality.”

With respect to the selection of transport measures and modes, the Annex advises that “a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan fosters a balanced development of all relevant transport modes, while encouraging a shift towards more sustainable modes”.

Source: UN, 1987; UN, 2015; EC, 2013

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