The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, began on Monday, 1 November. For 12 intense days, leaders from all over the world will put forward avant-garde initiatives under the slogan ‘Uniting the World to Tackle Climate Change’. Through events and workshops, initiatives will be shared to tackle the climate crisis from many different angles, sustainable mobility being one of these.
Today’s transport industry, which is based on the use of fossil-fuelled motor vehicles, is one of the main causes of air pollution. It is estimated that this sector consumes one third of all energy in the EU and is responsible for a quarter of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, road transport, i.e. cars, lorries, and buses accounts for 70% of these gases.
On the closing date of this summit, Friday 12 November, from 11:00 to 12:00 (CET), the ‘Sustainable Mobility: ‘Transitioning towards Sustainable Urban Mobility’’ event will be held in the capital of Europe, Brussels, and it will also be broadcasted. This event is organised by Climate Rally, MobiliseYourCity and Finnova Foundation, and it will feature the contributions of the Malaga City Council and its S-Moving congress, as well as T-Box. The event aims to offer a panel discussion in which alternatives are proposed to achieve an ecological transition towards a fair and sustainable urban mobility, attracting innovation to the transport industry to reduce greenhouse emissions and, ultimately, to neutralise the high levels of pollution. Given the importance of finding effective and replicable solutions, opportunities for accessing European funds to promote the creation of eligible projects at the forefront of this field will be presented.
At the end of the event, the Mobility Startup Europe Awards prizegiving ceremony will take place, an open innovation methodology that seeks to acknowledge disruptive proposals in sustainable mobility.
You can register to watch the event in streaming at the following link.
About COP26 (https://ukcop26.org/)
Created by the United Nations 30 years ago, the COP26 is the most important international forum devoted to addressing climate change. The 2021 edition will host on-site and online events from 31 October to 12 November in Glasgow and Brussels. Participants and policymakers will attempt to engage in new commitments to contain temperature rise to 1.5 degrees this century. This goal will only be met provided that global emissions are halved by 2030 and net-zero emissions are achieved by 2050.
About Finnova Foundation (www.finnova.eu)
Finnova Foundation is a Spanish-Belgian foundation which finances innovation. Finnova aims to promote public-private cooperation through innovation to address societal challenges such as jobs, training, entrepreneurship, the UN SDGs, and the circular economy, among others. Finnova works at an EU-level and is headquartered in Belgium, although it also has several offices across Spain, Chile, and Panama.
About Climate Rally (https://climate-rally.eu/)
Climate rally is a project promoting sustainable mobility through a bicycle tour from Munich via Innsbruck to Milan, organised by LCOY Germany, Austria and, Italy to discuss the future of our mobility. Together with 15 young people, Climate Rally raises awareness and develops new ideas for carbon-free transport. They are supported by the UK and Italian embassies in Germany and Austria.
About MobiliseYourCity (https://www.mobiliseyourcity.net/ )
MobiliseYourCity is a leading global partnership that functions to increase investment in sustainable transport solutions. It partners with organisations such as Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), both of which work in cities and countries around the world to develop scalable solutions to improve mobility in complex environments. The partnership has currently more than 65 partner cities with a total population of over 110 million people in 30 countries.
About Startup Europe Awards (www.startupeuropeawards.eu)
Startup Europe Awards is an initiative by DG CONNECT and has been implemented by Finnova Foundation since 2016. Startup Europe Awards are an open innovation mechanism aimed to identify disruptive start-ups and to promote private-public partnerships. They also seek to raise awareness on the importance of self-entrepreneurship as a driving force for job creation. In addition to promoting networks to meet the UN SDGs and the European Green Deal objectives, they also contribute to the circular economy, sustainable tourism, culture and creativity, and the fight against climate change.
About Mobility Startup Europe Awards
The Mobility Startup Europe Awards are a new category within Startup Europe Awards organised by Finnova Foundation. They are framed under the requirements of the European Commission on Mobility and Transport, which aims to encourage governments and companies to engage with current issues affecting mobility and transport for the good of the economy, society, and the environment. The central objective of these awards is to acknowledge start-ups which put in place innovative solutions in sustainable mobility such as projects addressing the reduction of costs, a clean transport transition, and digitalisation or a legislative redefinition to unify European mobility.