A resource-efficient and sufficient future mobility system for improved well-being in Europe

Kammerlander, Moritz and Schanes, Karin and Hartwig, Franziska and Jäger, Jill and Omann, Ines and O'Keeffe, Michelle (2015) A resource-efficient and sufficient future mobility system for improved well-being in Europe. European Journal of Futures Research, 3 (8). pp. 1-11. ISSN 2195-2248

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A transformation of our current transport system and individual mobility behaviour is an essential pre-requisite for attaining a desirable future that enables a life within environmental boundaries ("safe operating space") and higher well-being at the same time. Accordingly, this paper focuses on the potentials of a resource-saving, sustainable transport system with reduced, but still satisfactory, mobility. To achieve the vision of resource-efficiency in Europe, a new understanding of mobility is needed: "the mode of travel is the reward of the journey", meaning that it is not about travelling fastest and frequently, but unhurried (easy-going), infrequently and sustainably. We describe a socially inclusive and innovative transport system that could achieve this vision and discuss the kinds of policy measures that would be required to implement it. Changes are required in many areas including values, preferences, infrastructure, technology, governance and the economy. (authors' abstract)

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article draws on research performed during the EU-supported research project "Policies for a Resource Efficient Economy" (Project no: 308371).
Keywords: resource-efficiency / sustainable mobility / sustainable development visions and pathways / policies / eco-innovation / smart cities
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Ecological Economics
Version of the Document: Published
Variance from Published Version: None
Depositing User: Elena Simukovic
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2016 16:40
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2020 04:01
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/78176/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/5138


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