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Covenant signatories Malmö and Brussels region take home EU Mobility Awards!
Covenant signatories Malmö and Brussels region take home EU Mobility Awards!
21 March 2017 - 17:12

On 20th March, the Covenant of Mayors cities Malmö (Sweden) and Brussels-Capital Region (Belgium) were awarded for their innovative mobility policies.

While Malmö won the 2016 European Mobility Week Award, Brussels-Capital Region received the 5th Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) award. The jury praised Malmö's long-term efforts in promoting active travel and prioritising pedestrians and cyclists. Brussels region was distinguished for its successful freight transport strategy.

Malmö signed up to the Covenant of Mayors in November 2008 and has committed to decrease its CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020. Transport is a key priority for the Swedish city, as this sector accounts for almost half of the total Greenhouse Gases produced on the territory.

In the last years, Malmö has made great progress in encouraging the shift from cars to sustainable means of transport, notably by turning a major shopping street into a car-free zone, making its city centre safer and more attractive to local residents, and by setting up a new bike-sharing system offering 500 bicycles at 50 stations. Malmö is also successful in partnering with local businesses, and has pioneered in engaging citizens through strong public communication and continuous dialogue.

Brussels-Capital Region signed the Covenant only one month later than Malmö (in December 2008), and has committed to reduce its CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020. As in Malmö, the transport sector is crucial for the Belgian capital, especially in terms of reducing harmful air pollution.

Brussels-Capital has succeeded in developing a strategic plan for freight transport that is well integrated within its passenger mobility strategy. The city has also established fruitful partnerships with private sector initiatives for improved urban logistics, and has used consolidation centres to increase efficiency and reduce the number of freight kilometres in the city. Brussels has reduced the adverse impact of freight (e.g. congestion, noise) through its participation in strategic national and European projects.

(c) photo: Shutterstock, Kimson

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