Transport accounts for
23%
of greenhouse gas emissions related to energy
Urban transport accounts for
50%
of total emissions in the transport sector
Mobilise Your City (MYC) is an initiative made up of an alliance of international partners (development agencies and banks, transport planning agencies and NGOs). It was launched at COP21 by the French and German Governments. It assists national and local governments in emerging and developing countries in planning sustainable urban mobility. Thanks to its activities, Mobilise Your City contributes to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in urban transport and promotes the development of inclusive, livable and economically efficient cities.

BACKGROUND

The transport sector generates over 23% of CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion. Urban transport causes almost a third of these emissions. The explosion of the urban population and the increase in the standard of living bring about very sharp growth in demand for urban mobility, estimated at +140% between 2000 and 2050, nine-tenths of which will come from emerging and developing countries.
 

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Pune, India
Traffic congestion in Dominican Republic
A multitude of negative externalities to manage
In addition to the related GHG emissions, the expected increase in demand for mobility will result in an aggravation of the issues of road congestion, public health due to air pollution and road safety due to road traffic accidents.

The MYC initiative proposes to provide alternatives to these future challenges which will and already come with high costs, which are not sustainable in the long term for cities in emerging and developing countries. Around the world, the cost of road congestion has been estimated at USD 850bn a year, road safety at USD 518bn a year and air pollution at over USD 5,400bn a year, while also causing over a million premature deaths a year.

The low-carbon transport policies supported by MYC aim to achieve the three following objectives:
• Reduce the number of trips in urban areas made by individual motorized transport;
• Promote the modal shift towards active modes and public transport;
• Improve the energy efficiency of vehicles, in particular by taking advantage of the significant acceleration in technological progress and thanks to regulation (technical controls, standards on fuels and vehicle emissions).
traffic congestion in Dominican Republic
The solutions of the MYC initiative
There are solutions to avoid this disastrous scenario for the climate and the economic attractiveness and quality of life in cities: they involve a combination of long-term actions on urban planning in order to avoid motorized travel (densification, mixing of functions); investments to promote the modal shift towards low-carbon modes, particularly public transport and “active” modes (walking and cycling); policies to restrict the use of individual cars; and solutions to improve the energy efficiency of vehicles and fuels.

It is crucial to assist cities in development as of now in a transition towards a more inclusive and low-carbon mobility, meeting demand for travel in the long term, while offering mobility solutions with lower emissions. This transition involves an integrated planning of mobility which adopts “climate” objectives and the means to measure their impact.

Partner countries and cities benefit from a methodological framework, capacity building, technical assistance and better access to financing. MYC will develop an international reference platform to share best practices and technical and academic expertise in planning sustainable urban mobility.

Mobilise Your City aims to achieve the following objectives by 2020:
• At least 100 cities engaged in the MYC initiative
• At least 20 national governments engaged in the MYC initiative
• At least 8 donors / implementing agencies engaged in the MYC initiative
• At least 10 “Knowledge and Networks” partners engaged in the MYC initiative
And, by 2050, a reduction of at least 50% of GHG emissions related to urban transport in the cities engaged.
Carte villes intéressées et engagées MYC
The operational structure of the initiative
Mobilise Your City is based on three main areas of action:
  1. At national level, support the implementation of national urban mobility policies to assist cities wishing to get actively involved in sustainable urban mobility;
  2. At local level, support the development of sustainable urban mobility plans ;
  3. Support the implementation of viable financing schemes to secure financial flows for urban mobility.

To find out more about the operational structure of Mobilise Your City, you can visit the initiative’s website.