Recap: Mobility track at Urban Future Global Conference

Oslo Business Region hosted a track last Wednesday, 22 May, during Europe’s largest conference on sustainable cities, Urban Future. We invited three cities to address current urban challenges in mobility at DOGA, followed by round talks on solutions.

Tor Henrik Andersen, from City of Oslo, started the program by explaining that traffic is responsible for most of the emissions in Oslo. “We have been talking about cars, but we also need to discuss heavy vehicles and trucks.”  Andersen also mentioned that there is a need for more incentives for the market to respond. “We cannot do this alone. The business sector is important as a partner, which we will like to challenge to help solve this problem,” said Andersen.

Sofia Löfstrand, from Drive Sweden/Lindholmen Integrated Mobility Arena in Gothenburg, highlighted the hesitation to step “out of the box” and the time required to be able to move innovation within mobility forward. Additionally, she described some challenges that the mobility sector faces.“We need to address behavior changes in the way we provide services and understand how people are choosing the way of transportation,” said Löfstrand.

Michael Münter, Head of Strategic Planning & Sustainable Mobility of the City of Stuttgart, reminded the audience that Stuttgart is the first city with a total diesel ban in Europe. He also believes that being the home of Volkswagen and Porsche makes such a policy not very popular. However, this backlash shows exactly just how important it is to explain the pitfalls of traditional mobility, Lastly, he mentioned a few of the current challenges the city of Stuttgart faces: lack of space, busy pedestrian walkways and behavior change in its citizens.

The second session was held by problem solvers. Ruter showcased their e.buses solutions in the City of Oslo. PorterBuddy presented their digital urban distribution that optimize mobility and contribute to the efficient use of resources and the sustainable development of smart cities.

Mobility Park talked about integrated sharing solutions followed by Berthel O Steen, who presented, among other projects, “the Netflix for cars, when you can decide if you would like to subscribe for a car for one or two months, for example,” explained Are Knutsen, Director of Service Development and Innovation at Bertel O. Steen AS.

Urban Sharing was the last to go on stage with their presentation on the results and inputs of the bike cities in Oslo. “Instead of calling it smart cities, I prefer the term responsive cities, when we think about adaptive transport for individuals, groups and the city,” said Johan Høgåsen-Hallesby, CTO of Urban Sharing.

About Green Stories: Oslo Business Region is leading the business program during Oslo European Green Capital (EGC). The European Commission awarded Oslo the prestigious European Green Capital title for 2019. Being the European Green Capital in 2019 is a great recognition and an opportunity to showcase Oslo as a truly Green City linked to innovation, both in the international context and to Oslo’s population.  In 2019 we will invite the world to Oslo – to share and to learn. Read more about EGC here and about the Industry Challenges here.

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Posted on: May 28. 2019
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