EPOMM is the European Platform on Mobility Management, a network of governments in European countries that are engaged in Mobility Management (MM). They are represented by the Ministries that are responsible for MM in their countries. EPOMM is organised as an international non-profit organisation with seat in Leuven at Mobiel 21.
Managing mobility for a better future
Our mobility needs an efficient sustainable transport system. However, the volume of transport has increased a lot over the years and this has led to a wide variety of problems, including environmental, health and social burdens. These external effects threaten Europe and its citizens as it conflicts with the sustain-ability goals in Europe. Moreover, they challenge the livability of European cities and rural areas. How to deal with these concerns? Is there a way to make mobility greener to realize a sustainable Europe with cities and rural areas that are pleasant places to be? There is a way to make mobility sustainable: by applying mobility management, that is smart management of mobility needs.
Mobility management is an effective tool for counteracting the sustainability challenges in transport. It is a cost-effective tool towards environmentally friendly, healthy mobility and efficient transport. This is also what a growing body of evidence of good practices shows: The smart way to sustainable mobility in European countries, regions and cities.
Mobility is an important part of everyday life. It enables people to hunt for their dreams.
EPOMM’s strategic vision calls for mobility management as an integrated part of mobility and transport strategies and plans in national policies, as well as to promote it on the European scale and in cities and regions. Members of EPOMM have agreed on promoting mobility management as the linking bridge between policy and practice and between urban, regional, national and European decision makers.
Furthermore, the series of European Conferences on Mobility Management – the ECOMMs – are the key events on mobility management in Europe. Their outcome documents – like the Firenze Messages, the Utrecht Declaration, the Athens Resolution and the Maastricht Treaty – provide strategic visions, guidance and recommendations on how to develop, establish and promote mobility management as an effective tool to make mobility economically viable, environmentally friendly and socially just.
EPOMM sets the agenda for mobility management in Europe
The Declaration of Utrecht (2015) calls for a broad promotion of mobility management in Europe by giving five strong policy messages to national and EU policy makers, in particular calling for developing a „European Masterplan for Mobility Management“ based on the rich experiences and good practice of EPOMM Member States.
The Athens Resolution (2016), the outcome of the 20th edition of the ECOMM, marks a new era. Mobility management has to play a key role taking the challenges of decarbonisation and transformation to a renewable energy based mobility system, of a new urban agenda, the reclaiming of public space for making cities more resilient, of shared mobility, digitalization and autonomous vehicles. It calls for a green deal for green mobility being fundamental to transforming mobility and transport to deliver liveable and prosperous cities with happy citizens.
The EPOMM Treaty of Maastricht (2017) sets the scene for future action on mobility management: Dream Big, Think Big and Act on it together! With the Paris Agreement, countries for the first time committed themselves globally to ambitious climate objectives. To realize these objectives and the transformation, the transport system as a whole has to be managed in a clever and efficient way. However, the transport plans are often still focusing on infrastructure and technologies only.