16. September 2021 | Sustainability

Launch of European Mobility Week – seven days which focus on more sustainable mobility

"Safe and Healthy with Sustainable Mobility" is the slogan of this year's European Mobility Week, the world's largest campaign for ecologically friendly mobility. It's all about switching from cars to lower-emission means of transport. After all, even if the numbers are dropping slightly - around six percent within the last four years - 42.7 percent of the German-speaking population aged 14 and over still drive a car every day, either themselves or as a passenger. These are the findings of a survey by Statista.

European Mobility Week (EMW) has taken place annually since 2002 and is an initiative by the European Commission aimed at promoting more sustainable mobility in cities. The week always starts on 16 September and ends with Car-Free Day on 22 September. European cities and municipalities are invited to dedicate a week to the theme of sustainable mobility. The aim is for citizens to experience the diversity of sustainable mobility on the ground and, above all, to try out innovative transport solutions for themselves. As examples, parking spaces and street space will be converted to other purposes, new footpaths and cycle paths will be inaugurated and a range of electric vehicles will be tested. In this way, municipalities and their citizens can show that sustainable mobility is possible, is fun and can also be implemented in practice.

This is also a priority for DPD and includes measures such as deposit okays for fewer delivery attempts and thus fewer journeys, micro-depots in city centres from which deliveries are made on cargo bikes, and low-emission delivery methods using e-transporters and TRIPL scooters. With our initiatives in the area of smart city logistics we are reducing our carbon footprint. In this field we are in the process of testing a variety of solutions to reduce our particulate matter and CO2 emissions. This is part of our commitment to more sustainable parcel delivery - and of course on a permanent basis, not just during Mobility Week.