First application of a new sustainable mobility map in Lisbon

Published: 16 Dec 2021
Type: News

Geneva, 16 December – Today, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched a new sustainable urban mobility systems map. With a first application in the City of Lisbon in Portugal, the map helps policymakers and local businesses co-create strategic actions toward urban mobility that is safe, efficient, clean and accessible for all. 

Urban populations are growing, and the mobility systems they rely on — to access jobs, schools, healthcare and social life – must transform to tackle the climate emergency, the loss of nature and mounting inequality. Mobility systems are complex and interdependent, featuring many stakeholders and evolving behavior that can only be embraced as a whole. Changing mobility systems requires a holistic approach that focuses on implicit relationships and mental models of its stakeholders as well as formalized policies and resource flows.

To address this complexity, WBCSD has developed a systems map for sustainable urban mobility. The map catalyzes collaboration among the city's transport stakeholders by assessing the system's current state and identifying specific priority action areas and interventions that will help achieve sustainable urban mobility objectives. It offers an inclusive strategy development approach that allows every agent of the system to identify domains for collective action and build a more comprehensive understanding of existing challenges.

For the City of Lisbon, the map provides ways to achieve a more integrated and intermodal passenger transport and connected and zero-emission urban logistics to help realize the goals of safe, clean, efficient and accessible mobility for all. To deliver these strategies, the system map distinguishes eight priority action domains, including:

  • High-quality mass transit 
  • Shared services
  • Sustainable mobility behavior  
  • Zero-emissions vehicles
  • Infrastructure & urban planning  
  • Coherent policy, regulation & investment
  • Shared & useful mobility data

Thomas Deloison, Director, Mobility, WBCSD, said: "The mobility system map of Lisbon can help align private stakeholders and public authorities on tangible actions that will help to make mobility more sustainable in Lisbon. It helps cities and businesses establish a more holistic approach by identifying a range of mobility solutions that address the climate, nature and equality imperatives. Going forward, the map will guide the work done within the Lisbon Corporate Mobility Pact, led by BCSD Portugal. We hope that this work will inspire other cities and businesses to follow the example set in Lisbon and we invite them to get in touch with WBCSD for support and collaboration."

If you are interested in developing a systems map in your city or learning more about this project, please contact Julia Mitic.

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