Sustainable transport and mobility

A diverse set of means and cooperation between a number of sectors enable the reduction of traffic emissions. To achieve this goal, we require low-carbon energy, clean and energy efficient vehicles, smart traffic services, an infrastructure that supports sustainable mobility and a change in the attitudes and behaviour of people on the move.

In 2013, 29 per cent of Finland’s carbon dioxide emissions derived from traffic.

The importance of good energy efficiency is underscored in commercial transportation, given its high annual mileages. Logistical planning, fleet choices and driving techniques can improve a transport company’s energy efficiency. Energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness often go hand in hand. Alternative fuels allow for the reduction of carbon footprints.

If a transport company’s profit margin is five per cent, savings amounting €10,000 in fuel costs are equal to a growth of €200,000 in net sales.

Sensible mobility refers to modes of transport that are favourable to the environment and society and that are also economic, convenient and safe, and conducive to a person’s health. 

The principal modes of transport of this nature are walking, cycling and public transport. If the use of a private car is necessary, we should favour car-sharing schemes, car pooling, park-and-ride car parks and economical driving techniques. It is also a smart move to choose a car that is as fuel-efficient as possible and able to use future fuels. 

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