Cities and mobility

​A sustainable economy requires a massive reconstruction of the infrastructure of urban areas and individual and public transport.

Key elements of a sustainably planned city are low energy consumption, sustainable use of space, the lowest possible production of non-recyclable materials and social justice. The latest trends suggest that a large part of the population is moving from a rural to an urban environment. Cities are expanding as more residential and commercial space needs to be created. An increasing urban population means increasing energy consumption and more waste. Sustainable urban planning must address these challenges.

Sustainable transport has been a focal point of Swiss policy for many years. However, transport still contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions and continues to increase. In the long term, transport should be as environmentally friendly as possible (ecological sustainability) and economically efficient (economic sustainability) and all regions and segments of the population should have access to mobility (social sustainability).

 Ongoing research projects



Decarbonisation of the transport sectorDecarbonisation of the transport sector Maibach
Post‐fossil citiesPost‐fossil cities Patrick Wäger

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