Decreasing transport emissions in metropolitan regions 2023

23 March - 2023 , Online

Learning from mobility research and European cases of reducing private car traffic in cities

10.00-12.00 CET

Welcome to the METREX Metropolitan Climate Challenge Expert Group webinar:
How to decrease GHG emissions from transport in metropolitan regions? Learning from mobility research and European cases of reducing private car traffic in cities

Reducing emissions from the transport sector is a key goal in urban climate strategies, but it is also one of the main climate challenges for climate transition in metropolitan areas. Many European cities and metropolitan regions are very active in improving their public transport and cycling infrastructure, while still struggling to reduce the use of private cars to cut emissions and to reduce the space taken my private vehicles in cities with limited available land.

This webinar looks at the issue of urban private car use from the perspective of land use and mobility planning. Reducing private car use is here considered a way to address both urban environmental and climate issues, and issues of social equity and justice in cities. We will discuss why we need to reduce private car use, what it could do for our cities, as well as what are the best ways of doing that.


Miloš Mladenović, Associate Professor at Aalto University presents why we need to reduce car use in cities and metropolitan areas, and how the mobility planning narrative needs to change.

Kimberly Nicholas, Associate Professor of Sustainability Science, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) and visiting Scholar, Woods Institute for the Environment, Doerr School of Sustainability, Stanford University, will present the results from a study that screened 800 peer-reviewed reports and case studies from throughout Europe to analyse what have been the 12 most effective ways to reduce car use in European cities.

After the presentations, we will have a climate clinic, where we work together with the challenges of Stockholm Region.


The webinar will take place in Teams. All expert group members have received an invitation with a Teams link.

All METREX members are welcome — please contact to register.

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