European Institute for Sustainable Transport
is a non-governmental organisation promoting policies that improve the environmental, social and economic sustainability of transport and mobility around the world.
Our work focuses on the relation between transport and CO2 emission reduction, transport and the Millennium Development Goals, Poverty Alleviation, Environmental Protection, Road Safety and Freight.
EURIST is based in Hamburg, Germany´s second biggest city and economic hub for northern Europe. We work with an extensive network of national and international partners.
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As a nonprofit organisation we want to help cities, governments and communities to develop good transport governance and reform local and national transport systems, reducing transport needs, shifting to more sustainable modes and improveing the systems efficiency. We want to raise awareness and transfer knowledge to decision makers in order to create a basis for a paradigm change in mobility policy towards sustainable mobility for all!
The development of sustainable transport and mobility systems in an increasingly urbanised world will become one of the most challenging global issues of the future. Sustainable transport is a key ingredient in creating liveable cities and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
There is also a pressing need to reduce the consumption of resources, transport-related greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants
Most cities or regions receiving international assistance to make their transport systems more sustainable are often focused on technological solutions and do not have a holistic long-term policy on how a change in their mobility systems can be achieved. Investments in technological solutions have little impact in the big picture since transport systems in many regions of the world are not ready to apply them. It must also be assumed that the increasing number of motor vehicles and the growth in freight worldwide will cancel out efficiency gains from improved technologies.
To be effective the technological solutions have to be included in tailormade packages for a specific geographical, cultural and social context, relying on local research and best practice examples.
The Avoid-shift-improve strategy aims on a combination of non technological and technological solutions in a tailormade package for a specific geographical, cultural and social context.
This does not only pave the way for individual non motorized transport solutions like cycling and walking, it is also the ideal scenario for effective public transport systems or freight logistics because it generates bigger demands.
PUSH and PULL measures, like Speed management or reduction in the supply of parking on one hand and incentives in service quality for the alternative modes fo transport on the other hand are able to shift mobility habits from the use of individual motorized vehicles to alternative modes
The Avoid – Shift – Improve Strategy is suitable to apply it not only on urban scale transport planning but as well on national and even international scale. The bigger the scale, the bigger the need of comparable data and indicators, which can be used to spread and apply new standards in transport.