The Clean Cities Campaign (CCC) has ranked 42 European cities on their efforts to introduce shared and zero-emission transport options. And there were some surprises.
Beyond the usual strong performers like Copenhagen, Oslo and Amsterdam, cities doing well include Ljubljana, Budapest and Milan.
The report looks at how well cities are doing on a range of indicators, which are: shared bikes and e-scooters, shared electric cars, zero-emission buses and public electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.
The two main findings of the report are that:
Some of the cities that made considerable progress on shared and electric mobility did so by making consistent political choices and timely investment decisions. Creating the right regulatory frameworks for managing shared transport was particularly important.
For example, Milan scored well in the Clean Cities’ ranking for having a high number of free-floating electric scooters, bikes and introducing zero-emissions buses. Ljubljana and Sofia have made great strides by going straight for electric car-sharing options. Hamburg has also done well through a strategic partnership between the city and the operators to make car-sharing a pillar of their transport system.
At the same time, most British and Spanish cities (with the exception of the capitals Madrid and London) are lagging behind in the provision of zero-emissions shared transport services, such as e-bikes, scooters and EV car-sharing.
Barbara Stoll, Director of the Clean Cities Campaign, commented: “City leaders that show leadership and ambition are able to make wise and nimble investment decisions which can super-charge their efforts towards a zero-emissions urban future. It’s not primarily about having more money – cities that are not among the richest have far outperformed their peers through good regulatory frameworks and forward-looking planning.”