Mobility & Sustainability

Mobility plays a central role in many societies and is frequently viewed as an expression of quality of life. But our mobility also devours finite resources on a massive scale, produces emissions that are harmful to the climate, and negatively impacts air quality and human health. The Science Platform Sustainability 2030 approaches mobility as a central issue for future sustainable development.

Working Group

Mobility, sustainability and the role of science

Personal transport is just one part of the mobility puzzle. Many everyday items also travel long distances to reach us, including our food, clothing, appliances and much more. All this comes at a cost. In Germany alone, transportation accounts for around 20 % of all carbon emissions.

Mobility is already a crucial factor for sustainable global development, and as the global population soars and societies become increasingly mobile, its impact will continue to grow.

Setting aside the environmental impacts of mobility, there are also social and economic aspects at stake here: mobility is increasingly a key factor in social development and equality. And, in Germany for example, it is also an engine for economic growth.

Social, economic and political factors present enormous challenges to efforts to shape sustainable mobility. The diverging and often contrary interests at play mean that this field is often fraught with conflict.

The scientific community and the Science Platform Sustainability 2030 play an important role within this complex field by providing orientation knowledge, fostering transdisciplinary dialogue, and developing critical perspectives in support of sustainable development.



Tackling the challenge of sustainable mobility

The working group is examining existing science-based scenarios for sustainable mobility transitions within and – at the international level – with the support of Germany, and is discussing these potential solutions with actors from various sectors of society.

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