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

Moritz Kammerlander, Karin Schanes, Franziska Hartwig, Jill Jäger, Ines Omann, Michelle O’Keeffe

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 11
JournalEuropean Journal of Futures Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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