With transportation accounting for over a third of global CO2 emissions, sustainable mobility must serve as a key component of any city’s net zero strategy.
What is sustainable mobility?
Sustainable mobility is the creation of low-carbon transportation solutions for all modes of transportation to reduce their various levels of impact on the environment. From growing the Electric Vehicle (EV) population and electrifying public transportation to encouraging citizens to adopt alternate modes of transport, like walking and cycling, when possible, sustainable mobility is a whole of society effort. We must all work together from the government down to the city, community, and personal levels, to create green and sustainable communities.
There are 3 ways for cities to move towards sustainable mobility
We have seen substantial growth in the EV population over the years. By the end of 2021, the number of electric cars on the road had risen to 16.5 million, tripling the amount in 2018. In the first half of 2022 alone, global sales of EVs had already reached 4.2 million. EVs have always played a central role in cities’ net-zero emissions strategies. This is why an effective and accessible charging infrastructure network is critical to support the growth and further adoption of EVs.
In 2021, ComfortDelGro and ENGIE formed a partnership to spearhead the development of Singapore’s EV charging infrastructure. The partnership has since grown, going from strength to strength, with its first public tender of nearly 500 charging points won in 2021 and a second successful government tender win for the installation and operations of 4,509 more charging points across the North and West of Singapore. This has firmly established ComfortDelGro ENGIE joint venture as one of the largest EV charging networks in Singapore.
Shifting the public mindset is critical to making sustainable mobility a reality. People living in cities have to make a conscious choice to use public transport whenever possible, walk and cycle when possible, instead of driving, and look into switch to EVs for their personal vehicles. This can be done by educating the citizenry on the importance of their choices and encouraging them to take action through government policies and incentives and by rolling out the public infrastructure required to support more sustainable choices.
Beyond the pivot from fossil fuel to electric power for vehicles, there are other fuel options that can also help support the sustainable mobility transition. In Europe, ENGIE has looked into the development of bioGNV and green hydrogen. Extensive research and development has already taken place into how to offer them to the mainstream public in a safe and affordable way. Read more on ENGIE’s innovation in alternative fuels for mobility.
We have the responsibility to act as stewards for our environment and deliver a more sustainable future for the generations to come. Let us work together to drive the transitgion towards Sustainable Mobility.