A Future Mobility System for Well-Being in Europe
An innovative mobility concept tries to bridge the gap between eco-innovation and shared sustainable mobility.
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 (“safe operating space”) and higher well-being at the same time. Whereas the development of low emissions vehicles requires investment in R&D and infrastructure deployment (for example, charging stations), the establishment of sharing and pooling schemes available across Europe is dependent on changes of behaviour. To achieve the vision in Europe, a new understanding of mobility is needed: “the 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. Changes are required in many areas including values, preferences, infrastructure, technology, governance and the economy. The vision provided in the article “A Resource-Efficient and Sufficient Future Mobility System for Improved Well-Being in Europe,” from the European Journal of Futures Research, is a starting point to highlight the changes and developments, but also the benefits and windows of opportunities that might occur by enabling future mobility for Europe within the safe operating space.