|Auto industry calls for cooperative action 2 October 2002
At an auto industry summit in Paris last week the heads of the world’s 13 leading carmakers agreed to work together for improved fuel and technical standards around the world. 8 out of the 13 companies are members of the Sustainable Mobility Project. In a statement released after the meeting, the chief executives said: "Working with governments, consumers and other stakeholders on issues such as safety and the environment is critical.”
Transportation biggest energy user by 2020 30 September 2002
The transportation sector will overtake industry as the largest energy user by 2020, according to a study by the International Energy Agency, IEA. Energy used for transportation is projected to increase at an annual rate of 2.1 percent, which is the biggest growth of all end-use sectors. Emissions of carbon-dioxide are predicted to grow at a slightly lower rate, but reaching a total volume 70% above today’s level by 2030. Arve Thorvik, project director of the Sustainable Mobility Project, commented that the report “reinforces the reasons for all to act”.
A tool for making partnerships work 20 September 2002
As the Sustainable Mobility Project moves further into the substance of its multiple tasks, so the interaction with stakeholders is moving into in-depth discussions on how to alter unsustainable trends of transportation. A major tool to boost the involvement of key stakeholders is a series of so-called Mobility Workshops from now until next summer. The first Mobility Workshop, taking place in Paris, is scheduled for 26 September.
Involvement from other sectors seen as indispensable 13 September 2002
The need for all transportation modes and sectors of society to engage in concerted efforts to promote sustainable mobility was emphasized when mobility stakeholders met in Johannesburg during the World Summit. Dr. Toyoda of Toyota Motor Corporation, one of the Sustainable Mobility Project’s co-chairs, described the involvement in the project from other sectors as “indispensable”.
Technology cannot solve it all 9 September 2002
Louis Schweitzer, head of the French carmaker Renault, threw cold water on those believing that technology can single-handedly deliver sustainable mobility. He argued for a “combination of actions” as the only way to foster transportation systems that are sustainable.
Aiming for a global mobility network 4 September 2002
The Sustainable Mobility Project aims to lay the foundation for a permanent global network of people with a shared stake in sustainable mobility. That was one of the messages from Philip Watts when he spoke at the WBCSD Sustainable Mobility Event at the World Summit in Johannesburg.
Mobility event at the WSSD focus on future actions 23 August 2002
The Sustainable Mobility Event at the WSSD in Johannesburg will focus on the future of transportation and ways to foster sustainable mobility. Leading voices from business and politics will exchange views on how unsustainable trends of transport can be altered.
Toronto aims to establish first new mobility cluster 30 July 2002
Hollywood for film; Silicon Valley for IT….now Toronto wants to play host to the world’s first new mobility cluster, a power house of innovation across the broad sweep of goods, services and ideas that go to support sustainable transport.
PRESS RELEASE - WBCSD Sustainable Mobility Project co-chairs report on progress 22 July 2002
The corporate leadership of the WBCSD Sustainable Mobility Project has delivered a positive progress report at the half-way mark of the project and a call-to-action for its member companies. The report will be officially launched at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg later this year.
Toyota's 100,000 hybrids 5 July 2002
In the first quarter of this year Toyota passed the 100,000 mark in cumulative sales of hybrid vehicles, which combine conventional engines and electric power. The achievement means the Japanese manufacturer, which is the clear industry leader in hybrid sales, is well on the way to its target of annual production of 300,000 hybrid vehicles around 2005.