Climate Governance in the framework of the SUMP process focusing on climate mitigation planning

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 11 May 2022

In the EU, the absolute and relative average Green House Gas (GHG) emissions caused by mobility in general (and urban mobility more specifically) has increased since 1990, as opposed to most other sectors of the economy. The share of GHG emissions of urban mobility varies now between about 25 and 40% of total urban GHG emissions.

The European Commission strongly encourages cities to use a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) as a proven, established multi-sectoral framework for effectively tackling all common urban mobility challenges, including congestion, pollution and climate change.

JASPERS supports the establishment of SUMPs in several countries and cities. Climate aspects of urban mobility are taking an increasing role in this advisory activity, and the necessity and urgency to define climate action objectives in SUMPs have become an explicit subject to JASPERS advice in several cities and regions.  Furthermore, the EIB as the EU Climate Bank requires a solid strategic basis to define climate-proof urban mobility investments during the appraisal process of lending requests.

Dedicated SUMP guidance is urgently needed to support municipalities in addressing Climate Change Mitigation. JASPERS has developed specific technical notes to support its advisory work for individual SUMPs. This approach and experience may serve as a basis for a broader guidance document, which should also include procedural requirements and ways to provide decision-makers with the appropriate tools.

One of the most important topics related to mitigating climate change will subsequently make the subject of a knowledge consolidation workshop organised on 20 May 2022, 09:00 – 12:00 CET.

The goal of this webinar is for cities and regions to share their experience and knowledge regarding the engagement of stakeholders from different sectors, new collaborative practices among diverse stakeholders, and governance coalitions for climate mitigation in the transport sector. If you are interested in participating in this workshop and taking part in an open and interactive discussion within the group of experts and EIB JASPER, you can register here.

This workshop will comprise a mixture of case studies, group and plenary discussions focusing on governance for climate mitigation planning, integration, and cooperation with the non-transport sector in the planning process.

Climate mitigation as a cross-cutting and cross-sectoral issue is of relevance and interest to a wide range of stakeholders, who can greatly support it through engagement and participation in the climate mitigation action. Therefore, it is important to understand who the key stakeholders are and what their interests, responsibilities and positions are from the beginning of the climate planning process to develop an appropriate stakeholder management strategy.

Moreover, regional- and national-level governance of urban mobility in the context of climate change plays an important role in coordinating and supporting local actions, especially for small municipalities. Numerous international, European and national city networks play an important role in helping their members exchange knowledge and experiences and providing support to act on climate change in the transport sector.

The detailed agenda of this workshop will be shared with you upon registration.

To register for this webinar please see here. 

Contact points

Jochen (Joachim) Schneider, EIB (JASPERS), E-Mail:  

Susanne Böhler-Baedeker (Rupprecht Consult), E-Mail:

Public and stakeholder involvement
Urban mobility planning