Brussels and Malmö win sustainable transport awards

The European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc. announced the winners of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2016 and of the 5th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) in the area of urban freight, during an award ceremony held in Brussels on Monday.

Malmö (Sweden) won the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2016 for its long-term focus on active transport modes such as cycling and walking. The 5th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning went to Brussels (Belgium) for its successful freight strategy.

Commissioner Bulc said: “I’m inviting cities to come on-board and work with us, to help Europe meet its ambitious climate objectives. I would like to congratulate this year’s finalists who showed that greener and smarter urban mobility is already possible. I was particularly impressed by the long-term strategies developed by Malmö to encourage active travel and by Brussels on sustainable freight. I hope they can inspire many others.”

Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella commented: “Our quality of life in cities means getting from A-to-B quickly, but also breathing clean air and enjoying quiet and uncongested streets. Brussels and Malmö have both shown in their own innovative ways that it is possible to make progress. I congratulate both of them.”

Transport is responsible for around a quarter of all EU’s greenhouse gas emissions and is a major cause of air pollution and related health problems in urban areas. Many cities are already at the forefront in the shift to low-emission mobility, and it is the Commission’s aim to further support them.

Lisbon (Portugal) and Skopje (Macedonia) were the two other finalists for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award, while the other finalists in the SUMP Award were Budapest (Hungary) and Stockholm (Sweden).

Today’s awards showcase some innovative solutions that can be replicated elsewhere in Europe.