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The EcoMobility Alliance is a group of enthusiastic local governments with a common goal: to create and implement urban mobility strategies that prioritize people and the environment.
The EcoMobility Alliance has defined itself as a “global” actor because of both the origin and nature of its members and its geographical scope. It aims at engaging cities, public and private actors from different sectors and segments from all over the world, as well as promoting and advocating for EcoMobility at a global level, both in industrialized and developing countries.
The EcoMobility Alliance was created in October 2011 in Changwon, Korea. It is a transformation of the former Global Alliance for EcoMobility, which is a non-governmental organization founded and launched in Bali on 10 December 2007, on the occasion of the 2007 United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC-COP-13).
The EcoMobility Alliance was initially planned (in 2012) for a span of 6 years. As of December 2016, the EcoMobility Alliance consists of 22 Alliance Cities and is serviced by the Secretariat along with various Alliance Partners. On a rotating basis, one of the Alliance cities acts as the Alliance Chair and hosts the Chair Office, an important role for representation and coordination purposes.
Alliance Cities form the core of the EcoMobility Alliance. Alliance Cities host and participate in Alliance workshops to work toward specific goals and quantified targets they intend to achieve.
The Secretariat (ICLEI) is the main executing body of the Alliance and has relevant planning and executing roles, some of which are shared with the Chair.
The Chair represents the Alliance at international events and contributes to the coordination and implementation of Alliance initiatives. The Alliance will be chaired by Kaohsiung City during the third commitment period of 2016-2017 (2 years).
Alliance Partners are businesses, transport experts, international agencies, and non-city organizations that provide the cities with their knowledge and experience.
The EcoMobility Alliance is currently chaired by Kaohsiung. As Alliance Chair, the city supports the exchange of expertise among ambitious entities in the field of EcoMobility.
Kaohsiung has already implemented a number of measures to reduce car dependency, including the development of a bike rental system with 159 stations so far, and 750 kilometres of cycle paths. In addition, the city already has multiple public transport systems, including MRT, high speed rail, the Taiwan Railway, city buses, ferries, solar boats, and light rail (the first of its kind without catenary cables in Asia).
The Alliance mandate is to promote EcoMobility internationally in both industrialized and developing countries. The Alliance’s key activity areas are the following:
- Set the standards on how to measure EcoMobility in cities: The Global Alliance, through ICLEI, is coordinating the EcoMobility SHIFT project, which will establish a labeling scheme and a quality management system to stimulate cites in improving their sustainable mobility policies.
- Promote and advocate for EcoMobility in cities, towns and rural settlements on the basis of its beneficial effects on health conditions, air cleanness, noise avoidance, efficient use of public space, energy efficiency and citizens’ savings.
- Encourage investment and identify opportunities for improvement in EcoMobility infrastructure and systems in order to make EcoMobility a feasible and attractive mobility option for people around the world.