The EcoMobility SHIFT+ is a methodology designed for cities to measure the performance in urban mobility and make informed decisions based on the areas that need improvement. Foshan City is a prefecture-level city in southern China’s Guangdong Province. It is located at the hinterland of the Pearl River Delta (PRD), adjoining Guangzhou on the east and Hong Kong and Macao in the south. As a junction of PRD’s transportation system, Foshan is well connected with other cities via air, rail, highways, and water transport.
Due to its strategic location, Foshan New City was established in 2003 in the south-central part of Foshan City, with a demarcated zone known as the Foshan Sino-German Industrial Services Zone. As a national cooperation platform, it has been acknowledged in the “Joint Declaration to Further Advance Two-way Investment” under the strategic partnership between China and Germany. Foshan New City is poised as a critical economic development catalyst and has invested in physical developments to attract high value-added international investments. Its industry is based on three pillars: advanced manufacturing, convention, and exhibition as well as the pharmaceutical industry.
Foshan New City gathered key stakeholders, including representatives including the urban planning department and transport research division, to form the EcoMobility SHIFT+ Working Group to analyze the transport system and discussed the short- and long-term interventions. ICLEI’s Sustainable Mobility team moderated the stakeholder discussions and provided constructive feedbacks according to the observations and discussions. A representative from the Barcelona Metropolitan Government was also present to share Barcelona’s experience, enriching the discussions. The EcoMobility score for Foshan is 79%, indicating a proactive environment with various best practice achievements. This is primarily due to the robust implementation to execute plans and enforce transport policies with the support of the national government. The survey area includes Foshan City.
EcoMobility SHIFT+ Assessment Report - Foshan New City, China