2020 European Mobility Week

From September 16 to 22 with the motto For a mobility with Zero Emissions

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European Mobility Week is an initiative that emerged in Europe in 1999 and is held every year from 16 to 22 September. This year the motto chosen by the European Commission is "Zero emissions mobility".

Health, economy, environment

Health, economy, environment ... These aspects of life are related to each other. With the development of technology and the needs of today's cities with a growing number of populations each year, movements that seek a balance arise perhaps inevitably or out of necessity. All this in order to achieve a sustainability objective. The celebration of the European mobility week is proof of this.

Sustainable

This year is marked by a keyword crisis . We are experiencing a major global health crisis. And also an economic crisis that could last several years. We can also add a crisis related to our mobility. We need a Sustainable world.

Overcoming a crisis of this nature will require the development of sustainable political and economic strategies. If we go to the dictionary, this is what it tells us about the word sustainable: "That it is compatible with the resources available to a region, a society, etc..."

Decarbonization

One of the most important resources in Europe and around the world is energy. Traditionally the energy model has been based on carbon, but we are now in a process of changing the model with the following objectives:

  • Reduce gases emissions
  • Improve competitiveness
  • Contain climate change and its effects on the planet's temperature
  • Improve energy efficiency
  • Develop renewable energies

One of the most repeated words lately in political speeches is decarbonisation . After many years and little by little concepts such as recycling, selective collection, responsible consumption are common. They are part of our day to day. And they will continue as they are also part of sustainability and will be improved.

Coal, oil and derivatives have in common the chemical element "C" (Carbon). And its burning for energy generates CO2 among other waste. This is where decarbonization comes in. And it comes into play with laws that establish the year 2050 as the limit to achieve Zero Emissions. For all this, Europe is committed to accelerating the change towards smarter and more sustainable mobility. The idea is to replace carbon with other forms of cleaner energy, but not only in its use, but also in its generation and storage.

Lockdown

During the recent confinement, less use of private cars has been observed and this has had the effect of reducing polluting emissions and greenhouse gases. Likewise, a decrease in other factors such as noise and air quality. When talking about sustainability many things are common sense, but we have been able to learn or reaffirm some such as the following:

  • The need for cities to be designed more with people in mind, with spaces for them.
  • Advantages of reducing the use of private vehicles.
  • Benefits of alternative transportation methods such as cycling.
  • Importance of solidarity in situations of a socioeconomic crisis.
These learnings are an extremely useful tool to avoid repeating past mistakes and moving towards a smarter, more sustainable future.

Mobility

The theme chosen by the European Commission for this year's campaign is "For mobility without emissions". The goal is important and ambitious. To achieve goals like these, it begins by raising awareness and by legislating and promoting measures that achieve that better and more sustainable future that is increasingly necessary throughout the world. Some cities with clear ambitions in their zero emission targets are:

  • Amsterdam
  • Barcelona
  • Copenhagen
And many others are being added and being increasingly ambitious for a greener future.

These are difficult times in all cities and now there is a fight on multiple fronts: Social, Health, Economic, Environmental ... And for this, solidarity is going to be one of the most important factors. With solidarity on all these open fronts, the final solution and normality that all the cities and countries of the world reach will be more sustainable.

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