Roadmap to Smart Mobility: Inclusive & Sustainable Solutions
3-11 September 2021
To move forward a more sustainable transport, a number of attempts have been made including making public transport greener and replacing traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle fleets with electric vehicles. As part of this move, ‘Smart Mobility’ has begun to receive global attention, which is best described as “approaches that reduce congestion and foster faster, greener and cheaper transportation options.”[i] Electro-mobility has arguably been one of most important champions in achieving sustainable and smart mobility[ii], as it can offer numerous merits such as: having no tail-pipe emissions, emitting less heat, helping improve air quality and lower public health-related risks[iii].
Although sales of electric vehicles (EV) are rising globally with around 41% in 2020[iv], they are still disproportionally concentrated in a few countries like the United States, India and China. On the contrary, in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific, the everyday mode of transport is motorcycles (motorized two-and three-wheelers, scooters and tuk-tuks), that are fossil fuel-powered. As a matter of fact, it was found that over over 80 per cent of households in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam own motorcycle and scooters[v]. Unless electrified, they will continue to drive up brown energy consumption, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the region.
When it comes to the access to and ownership of EVs, one way to approach to the communities that are at disadvantage is to electrify public transportation. By prioritizing public transit over private vehicles, transport-related deprivations may be gradually overcome. At the same time, the road to smart mobility will also require significant financial investments, technology transfer, public-private partnership, and capacity building for developing countries. Policy attention is needed to establish emission standards, incentives and programmes to further promote zero-emission vehicles.
A well-functioning transport sector is closely linked to the economic and social structure of countries. Decarbonized transport sector and zero-carbon future will only come true when there is a just, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable transition as well as holistic development. In this regard, this online event will help participants to understand the global and regional overview of electric vehicle and the potential solutions to achieve sustainable development goals. The workshop will also provide a platform for participants to share and exchange their good practices and challenges to address the gap between developed and developing countries in view of inclusiveness.
For the capacity building, this event will:
After the event, participants will be able to:
Program Agenda (tentative)
Allmeetings will begin at 16:00 KST
Selected applicants are required to complete the followings to be eligible for a Certificate of Completion:
Application and deadline
※ Late application will NOT be accepted.
※ Only selected applicants will be notified individually.
[i] Smart cities and infrastructure (2016), UNCTAD (accessed via https://unctad.org/system/files/official-document/ecn162016d2_en.pdf)
[ii] Electric Vehicles for Smart Cities and Communities, European Union (accessed via https://smart-cities-marketplace.ec.europa.eu/action-clusters-and-initiatives/action-clusters/sustainable-urban-mobility/electric-vehicles-smart)
[iii] 4 Reasons to Prioritize Electric Vehicles After COVID-19 (2020), Vishant Kothari & Ryan Sclar, World Resources Institute (accessed via https://www.wri.org/insights/4-reasons-prioritize-electric-vehicles-after-covid-19)
[iv] Key Messages for Decision Makers Global Renewables Status Report (2021), REN21
[v] Paving the Way for Electric Mobility in South-East Asia, (2021), UNEP (accessed via https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/story/paving-way-electric-mobility-south-east-asia)