IMOB signs first Green Deal Shared Mobility Mar 29, 2017
The Flemish ministers Joke Schauvliege, Ben Weyts and Bart Tommelein signed on Monday March 27, 2017, together with initiators Autodelen.net, Taxistop, The New Drive and The Shift, the first Green Economy Agreement of Green Deal in Flanders. The initiators of the Green Deal Shared Mobility were able to enthuse 76 external partners among which the Transportation Research Institute (IMOB, Hasselt University) to join forces for a growing shared mobility. Car sharing, carpooling and bicycle sharing should increase considerably by 2020.
The Green Deal was initiated by the minister of Environment Joke Schauvliege to further green companies and sectors. It is a voluntary agreement between (private) partners and the Flemish Government, both parties striving towards a successful completion of a green project. Companies and organizations engage themselves in giving suggestions in the framework of the green deal, whereas the Flemish Government engages itself to eliminate bottlenecks that obstruct greening. The Green Deal Shared Mobility is the first in a series of agreements and is therefore seen as a pilot project. Preparations are already made for the following deal, more specifically for the Green Deal Circular Purchases.
Green Deal Shared Mobility
The Green Deal Shared Mobility aims to speed up the implementation process of shared mobility. Companies, governments and citizens are being stimulated and supported to travel sustainably by using the current supply of car sharing organizations, bicycle sharing systems and carpool services. The Green Deal targets:
- Car sharing: to increase the number of car sharers from 28.000 to 80.000 by 2020;
- Carpooling: to double the number of companies setting up at least one carpool programme, thus from 500 to 1.000 companies, by 2020;
- Bicycle sharing: to increase the number of bicycle sharers from 196.000 to 400.000 by 2020.
Increased car sharing and carpooling should result in a decreased number of car kilometres. A reduced carbon emission will eventually lead to a better air quality. Furthermore, a decreased car ownership offers opportunities to organize a sustainable travel behaviour, to create a healthier environment and to better use the public space (reducing the high demand of parking spaces). The electrification of the vehicle and bicycle fleet fits within the larger framework of low-carbon economy.
Concrete actions and unique partnerships
The initiators Autodelen.net, Taxistop, The New Drive, The Shift and the 76 partners engage themselves to one or more actions such as organizing and promoting awareness campaigns, providing solutions to insurance issues and performing real-life pilot studies in building projects and at industrial sites. Local governments, companies, sectoral associations and NGO’s. This Green Deal sets up unique and new partnerships that shall lead up to greater results in the field.
IMOB engages itself among others:
- to develop advanced matching algorithms for carpooling;
- to encourage members of Doppahuis Hasselt to carpool;
- to gain a profound insight into the expectations with regard to car sharing by organizing stakeholder surveys in the framework of the SelfCar SBO project proposal;
- to stimulate final-year students to conduct their thesis on shared mobility.
Pictures: © Flemish Government – Vanhopplinus Patrick