Welcome to the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP)
Q.1: What are the biggest challenges for the logistics industry worldwide?
Prof. Bernecker: Through continuous growth of world trade, transport and traffic volumes have doubled over the past years. This is causing increased rail and roadway congestion, delays at seaports, and an accelerated wear and tear of transport infrastructure. As a result, the economic viability of the transport sector and whole economies are jeopardized. Furthermore, ecological impacts associated with transport, such as increasing environment hazards and greenhouse gas emissions present a tremendous challenge.
Q.2: What is Sustainable Logistics?
Roth: Sustainability is the solution through which challenges for the logistics sector can be tackled. In contrast to Green Logistics which primarily emphasizes economic payback in accordance with ecological and environmental benefits, Sustainable Logistics focuses simultaneously on the comprehensive needs of people, planet and profit.
As part of the GEF SUSTRAN project, a 3-day study tour to Istanbul/Turkey was jointly conducted by UN-HABITAT and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in March 2015.
The study tour was joined by 11 representatives from various institutions and ministries of the three SUSTRAN partner cities Kampala (Uganda), Nairobi (Kenya) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). The study tour was designed to focus on the planning and design, institutional aspects and regulation and operation of the Istanbul BRT Metrobüs. However, the study tour also intended to raise awareness for sustainable transport and experience the entire range of modes of public transport as well as non-motorized transport in Istanbul.
On 23 March 2015, the European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, presented two prices for innovation in urban mobility at the European Mobility Week – SUMP Award ceremony in Brussels, Belgium. Out of the 17 applicants from 10 EU countries, Bremen (Germany), Dresden (Germany) and Ghent (Belgium) were announced as finalists, with Bremen winning the SUMP award and the associated financial reward of EUR 10,000. With a different theme every year, the 2014 award focused on cities that have shown excellent monitoring and evaluation of both the planning and implementation of their SUMPs. Bremen’s imaginative and systematic approach to monitor and evaluate progress in sustainable urban mobility, including an interactive web platform to obtain feedback from residents, impressed the judges. In particular, Bremen’s ability to learn and communicate these lessons effectively to stakeholders was highly praised.