Urban Electric Mobility Initiative

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Name of initiative Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI)
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address http://www.uemi.net/
Related initiatives
Starting year 2013
End year
Secretariat Urban Electric Mobilit Initiative (UEMI), Oliver Lah, Oliver.lah@uemi.net; phone: +49 30 2887458-16
Organisational structure
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation UN-Habitat
Type of lead organisation International organisation
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Kenya


Description With commitments from industry and government, UEMI will function as an open forum for knowledge transfer and support for the take-up of e-mobility solutions around the world. It will initiate a process of dialogue and continue to gather commitments from local and national governments as well as businesses on e-mobility targets.
Objectives Industry leaders (car and battery manufacturers, energy producers, distributors, renewables) pledge that in pursing the goal of sustainable development, with particular reference to transport and mobility, they will strive to increase the global market share of electric vehicles in cities to reach at least 30% by 2030.

Government and City representatives pledge that in pursuing the goal of sustainable urbanisation, they will strive towards a goal of: By 2030 Electric Vehicles will form 30% of the fleet of light duty vehicles (LDV), plying in their cities.

Multilateral Development Banks: Will Pledge to increase their investments in infrastructure to support cities in attaining the goal of 30% of the LDV fleet being comprised of Electric Vehicles.

Activities UEMI is working with cities on the implementation of sustainable urban mobility measures in the context of the New Urban Agenda. As part of urban implementation actions, the UEMI team now works with cities to assess the opportunities for e-mobility concepts in their wider sustainable transport strategy. The current 23 cities engaged in the program have a combined population of over 46 million people covering key emerging economies. • Besides the 23 cities, more cities will be added in the future to benefit from the Capacity building efforts and implementation action.

The UEMI is an active partnership that aims to track international action in the area of electric mobility and aims to initiate local action. Knowledge Building:

  • UN-Habitat, the Wuppertal Institute and the Climate Action Implementation Facility jointly host the resource center for the UEMI, aiming to bridge the gap between urban energy and transport and boosting sustainable transport and urban e-mobility.
  • The UEMI resource center provides opportunities for direct collaboration on projects focusing on sustainable urban mobility and the role e-mobility can play in it.

Policy-making and implementation:

  • The UEMI pools expertise, facilitates exchange and initiates implementation-oriented actions. UEMI works closely with city governments and supports in the development of feasible action plans for pilot projects.
One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Implementation, Technical dialogue, Political dialogue
Activity of initiative Goal setting (ex-ante), Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Awareness raising and outreach
Goals By 2030 Electric Vehicles will form 30% of the fleet of light duty vehicles (LDV), plying in their cities.

UEMI aims to help phasing out the use of conventionally fuelled vehicles in cities and increase the share of electric vehicles in individual mobility (2-3 wheelers and light duty vehicles) in urban areas to at least 30% by 2030. The UEMI aims to boost the share of electric vehicles in urban transport and integrate electric mobility into a wider concept of sustainable urban transport that achieves a 30% reduction of GHG emissions in urban areas by 2030.

Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals The initiative is working on the development of a pipeline of project concepts that can be taken further towards implementation. It will also work on capacity building and the development of a toolkit on sustainable urban mobility in 2016.

A new series of trainings, webinars and e-learning courses and a call for partner cities will be launched in late-2016 together with the urban mobility SOLUTIONS network.

How are you tracking progress of your initiative
Available reporting UEMI is reporting in the annual PPMC report:



Participants Number Names
Members 33  
Companies 6 Bosch (Germany),BMW (Germany),BYD (China),EMPOWER (United Kingdom),Michelin (France),FIAT (Italy).
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 8 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece),  AustriaTech (Austria),  European Association for Electromobility - AVERE (Belgium),  CEPT University (India),  Czech Technical University Centro Ricerche (Czech Republic),  Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas - CERTH (Greece),  China Academy of Transportation Sciences - CATS (China),  UC-Davis (USA).
Non-governmental organisations 19 Clean Air Asia (Philippines),  Concawe (Belgium),  ECF (Belgium),  Eliptic (Belgium),  Ertico_ITS Europe (Belgium),  European Commission (Belgium),  GIZ (Germany),  IEA (France),  IRU (Switzerland),  Polis (Belgium),  Sustainable Transport Africa (Kenya),  Swedish Electromobility Centre (Sweden),  Trivector Travis (Sweden),  UITP (Belgium),  Vulcan (USA),  Wuppertal Institute (Germany),  UN-Habitat (Kenya),  Wuppertal Institute (Germany),  AIT (Thailand).
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Not only have national states as participators