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
2015 European Journal of Futures Research  
Michelle (2015) A resource-efficient and sufficient future mobility system for improved well-being in Europe. Abstract A transformation of our current transport system and individual mobility behaviour is an essential prerequisite for attaining a desirable future that enables a life within environmental boundaries (Bsafe 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
more » ... m with reduced, but still satisfactory, mobility. To achieve the vision of resource-efficiency in Europe, a new understanding of mobility is needed: Bthe 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.
doi:10.1007/s40309-015-0065-x fatcat:ygtipo4arnb5xmuwoff24wjtva