Transport and mobility in a globalized world

The Future of Urban Transport

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The world’s population will have grown from seven to nine billion people by 2050, and with more and more people moving to cities megacities are expected to grow at an incredible speed. To support such momentous changes the worldwide number of motorized vehicles and the volume of goods being transported will have to expand significantly.

Everyday millions of people in cities use their car for shopping trips, business and pleasure trips and for getting to and from work.  Public transportation has its limits and more goods are still transported by truck rather than by rail. Increased use of online shopping results in millions of additional deliveries – a trend that is likely to increase in the future. The investments in infrastructure for logistics are gigantic and the buildings require space. For example, the online business Amazon currently has eight logistic centres with more than 100,000 m2 storage space in Germany alone, and this is only one of many countries in which it operates.

As a result of the growing traffic, the quality of air is getting progressively worse, and the amount ofCO2–emissions, already tremendous, is increasing. Traffic jams impact negatively on the environment, on human health and on business. The amount of land used for traffic infrastructure is also expanding. Although payment for biodiversity and climate compensation services is  gradually being introduced into some countries’ laws, the delivery of these ecosystem services is threatened.

How will these trends affect our daily lives? What kind of transportation system do we need to serve the needs of tomorrow?

These issues can only be solved with integrated and smart solutions, especially for urban areas. Sustainable solutions need to be based on innovative ideas from various sectors, including IT and software, automotive, e-mobility, human powered vehicles, and digitally powered communication via online conferences.

The good news is that there are already many different products, mobility services, initiatives, innovations, and start-ups offering solutions to the market.

This session will:
The session will inspire you to act and to uncover opportunities for green business development.

Session speakers:

Moderator: Prof. Eckehard Moritz, Innovationsmanufaktur

Setting the scene: Kristine Köhler, Climate-KIC

Best Practice Case:
Dr. Volker Brink, RWE Mobility
E-mobility Concept for city of Amsterdam

Best Practice Case:
René Schöbel, DB Schenker
Eco Solutions Concept

Best Practice Case:
Cornelia Daheim, Z_punkt GmbH The Foresight Company
Logistics Trends

Session 99 seconds pitches:

Session Tasks:
  1. Discuss how the use of active mobility (for example cycling) and of public transport systems can be increased,
  2. Collect ideas on how the energy consumption of different vehicles can be decreased,
  3. Debate how the proportion of “clean” energy used can be increased,
  4. Present ways in which the need for motorized mobility in cities can be decreased, for example through clever planning of cities, the increase of virtual communication, the decrease of production-related logistics, etc., and
  5. Develop concepts for smarter travel methods of companies.

Background Information:

DPD: DPD eröffnet Öko-Hub in den Niederlanden (in German only),

AX4: Grüne Logistik-IT-Lösungen/Green Logistics-IT-solutions,

DB Schenker: Eco Solutions

gotomeeting: Neuer Anbieter für Videokonferenzen in München (in German only),

Forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften: Heft 4/2012 - Mobilität, Transport und Logistik (in German only)

Climate-KIC ( is one of three Knowledge & Innovation Communities established by the European Institute for Innovation & Technology: (
Climate-KIC Mobility, Transport & Logistics Start-Ups & Partners:
•    CarZapp – Private-to-Private Carsharing –
•    BetterTaxi –  Share-a-Taxi App for Berlin –
•    Urban-e MSC GmbH – Cargo eBikes for deliveries – 
•    Schiphol Group – Sustainable aviation, transport hubs and airport area development -
•    Institute for Sustainability – Sustainable transport & logistics –

InnoZ – Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (
•    eMobility Platform –
•    BeMobility Projects (in German) –
•    Various mobility reports (in German) –

99 Seconds: Short video clips on Mobility,

in cooperation with:
Rewe Group
Soil and More
WWF Deutschland
UTZ certified
brands and values
Rainforest Alliance