EcoMobility Alliance


Name of initiative EcoMobility Alliance
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
Related initiatives
The EcoLogistics was established as an initiative of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) in 2016. It represents a selected group of ambitious cities that have committed to make the urban environment more sustainable and liveable through sustainable urban freight. These cities aim to achieve world class excellence in EcoLogistics through projects and peer learning. Cities benefit from being part of the Community through the shared knowledge and resources made available to the network, as well as opportunities to disseminate their successes. The Community is the first of its kind in the world entirely focusing on the sustainability and innovation of urban freight. Through established methodologies, capacity building programs, media and international outreaches, cities, together with ICLEI and technical experts, will have the access to the advice and knowledge to achieve EcoLogistics.
Starting year 2011
End year
Secretariat Sustainable Mobility Team

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability World Secretariat Kaiser-Friedrich-Str. 7 53113 Bonn, Germany

Organisational structure The EcoMobility Alliance is currently composed of 23 Alliance Cities and serviced by the Secretariat along with various Alliance Partners. One of the Alliance cities acts as the Alliance Chair and hosts the Chair Office, an important role for representation and coordination purposes.

- The SECRETARIAT is based in ICLEI World Secretariat, Bonn, Germany - The CHAIR hosts the Chair Office to represent EcoMobility Initiative as well as Alliance worldwide - The CITIES form the core of the network and are the focus of all Alliance activities and events - PARTNERS are expert organizations and individuals in the urban transport sector

Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Type of lead organisation International organisation
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Germany


Description The EcoMobility Alliance is a network of ambitious cities, led by innovators and visionaries, supported by experts and businesses, committed to building a sustainable mobility future that is efficient, people-centered, low emission and environmentally-friendly.

The EcoMobility Alliance was founded in 2011 with six cities and has since grown to 23 cities from various regions of the world. Since its inception, the EcoMobility Alliance has worked to become a truly global actor by engaging a geographically diverse range of cities and partners. Cities that have joined have shown significant efforts to advance and implement sustainable urban mobility.

The Alliance reinforces the local governments’ commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by transforming the transportation systems and reconfiguring mobility patterns, with an aim to reduce automobile dependency and increase low-emission and people-centered mobility efforts. To reach this vision, the Kaohsiung Strategies for the Future of Urban Mobility have been formulated to guide cities. These strategies focus on integrated urban planning, improving health and quality of life, reducing dependency on private automobiles and applying sustainability principles in passenger and freight mobility.

Objectives EcoMobility gives priority to walking, cycling, public transport, and shared light electric vehicles. It promotes commute through integrated, socially inclusive, and environmentally-friendly options without depending on privately-owned vehicles.

The EcoMobility Alliance seeks to encourage city-to-city knowledge exchange and drive local innovation, trusting that such activities will inspire local leaders to create an ecomobile transportation system that prioritizes walking, cycling, public transport, shared mobility and light electric vehicles.

Activities Through various projects such as the EcoMobility Alliance, EcoMobility World Festival and Congress, EcoMobility Days, and EcoMobility SHIFT+, ICLEI brings cities together to have a collective and mutual learning, which is translated into practice by implementing policies, projects and investments to transform the current mobility patterns.

The Alliance has also brought forward the voice of Alliance Cities and their mobility concerns at various international events, such as the International Transport Forum, Metropolitan Solutions, the UN Climate Talks in Bonn, COP22, COP23, COP24, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), Environmentally Sustainable Transport by UNCRD, Sustainable Transport Award, and EcoMobility Days at AUTONOMY & the Urban Mobility Summit.

Needs assessment activities will take place either with selected cities individually or in a collective workshop that provides the opportunity to network within the EcoMobility Alliance. The needs assessment will begin the first stage of awareness-raising for cities thorough a collective and conscious identification of actions that other cities are undertaking to advance urban mobility.

One or two success stories achieved EcoMobility World Festival 2017 Kaohsiung (October 2017, City of Kaohsiung)

The EcoMobility World Festival series by ICLEI shows that an ecomobile lifestyle can be promoted in cities around the world. The Festival transforms a neighborhood or a business district in a city into car-free and ecomobile area for a month. Implementing the Festival demonstrates the possibilities of an innovative and forward-thinking urban mobility culture.

After two years of intensive preparation for the EcoMobility World Festival 2017, Kaohsiung transformed the streets of the historical Hamasen neighborhood into dedicated space for ecomobile modes of transport such as walking, cycling, and public transport and various forms of shared and light electric vehicles. Kaohsiung is the second city in Asia to showcase an autonomous shuttle in a real urban environment for the public to test-ride. Throughout October, 376 events were organized with 364 guided tours in Hamasen, attracting 300,000 visitors to the neighborhood and 90,000 visitors to the EcoMobility exhibition. As a result, 62 percent of private vehicle trips were replaced with ecomobile options.

Monitoring and Impacts

Sustainable Development Impact:
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Function of initiative Technical dialogue, Political dialogue
Activity of initiative Awareness raising and outreach, Policy planning and recommendations
Goals The EcoMobility Alliance is a network of cities committed to building a sustainable transport future ensuring low-carbon, people-centered and socially inclusive mobility options.

Through the EcoMobility Alliance, ICLEI brings together cities committed to advancing urban mobility to conceptualize, design and implement people and climate friendly urban mobility options that encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.

Though several activities, the EcoMobility Alliance reinforces local governments’ commitments to transforming their transportation systems and mobility patterns, aiming to reduce automobile dependency and become more sustainable, low-carbon and people-centered.

Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals Through the EcoMobility Alliance agenda ICLEI supports its network of over 1,500 cities, towns and regions with policy recommendations to create people friendly, climate neutral and socially inclusive mobility options that benefit the urban economy.
How are you tracking progress of your initiative The EcoMobility Alliance will support cities to implement a performance measurement system, EcoMobility SHIFT+, that ICLEI has developed to track urban mobility.

The EcoMobility SHIFT+ scheme is a total quality management tool created by academia, non-governmental organizations and cities for use and implementation in cities. The tool enables cities to measure the performance of urban mobility, to establish a baseline and to identify areas for further development, ultimately helping cities to change their urban transport development trajectory and mobility plans.

By using EcoMobility SHIFT+ and acting upon the resulting assessments, cities will see improvements not only in the areas of transportation and mobility but also the urban environment and health. The SHIFT+ scheme uses two procedures: a procedure to assess a city’s performance and an audit procedure to verify performance. Using the results of both components, both short- and long-term improvement paths can be established.

Available reporting EcoMobility Alliance Report 2018:

Previous Alliance reports:


Participants Number Names
Members 57  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 23 Almada (Portugal),  Belo Horizonte (Brazil),  Bogota (Colombia),  Boulder CO (USA),  Buenos Aires (Argentina),  Burgas (Bulgaria),  Changwon (South Korea),  Curitiba (Brazil),  Freiburg (Germany),  Kaohsiung Kochi (India),  Leipzig (Germany),  Medellin (Colombia),  Mexico City Mexico),  Muenster (Germany),  Portland OR (USA),  Quito (Ecuador),  Quelimane (Mozambique),  Rosario (Argentina),  San Miguel de Allende (Mexico),  Shimla (India),  Suwon (South Korea),  Sydney Australia.
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 34 Partners: 8-80 cities (Canada),  ADB (Philippines),  CGM (India),  Clean Air Asia (Philippines),  CODATU (France),  GIZ (Germany),  EURIST (France),  ECF (Belgium),  FIA Foundation (United Kingdom),  Despacio (Colombia),  GPSM (Germany),  Hewlett Foundation (USA),  INNOZ (Germany),  ITDP (USA),  National Taiwan University (China),  Nextbike (Germany),  SLoCat (China),  SOLUTIONS (United Kingdom),  SMART (USA),  Smart Freight Centre (Netherlands),  team red (Germany),  ICCT (USA),  TUMI (Germany),  UCL (United Kingdom),  Viva (USA),  Walk21 (United Kingdom),  WCA (Belgium),  WRI (USA),  IRU (Switzerland),  WWF (USA),  Wuppertall Institute (Germany),  ZLC (Spain) .
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


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Last update: 8 January 2020 09:10:45

Not only have national states as participators