Tackling emissions in transport
Commuting by car from suburbs to metropolitan areas is the most common way observed in the identified areas in the Baltic Sea region. While the citizens are trying to find the most optimal and convenient way of commuting, the cities are struggling with increasing emissions and climate change mitigation. Climate mitigation is impossible without including transport solutions and finding new ways of tackling emissions.
On this background, an alternative combination of various transport modes, including bike and car sharing, would help the cities to reach the wishful targets and introduce an environmentally friendly commuting system.
A clear policy framework needed
In order to ensure the durability of sustainable solutions, the cities would need to integrate alternative mobility options in transport plans and policies. A better understanding of actions needed in policy implementation and who should be involved in the transformation process is needed.
The project SUMBA provided a platform for piloting measures which would give clarity on the process and justification of the tested transport solutions.
0.00MillionEni + Russia
Master plans developed
The SUMBA project successfully developed commuting master plans for 9 functional areas in the Baltic Sea region, specifically in Hamburg-Altona, Växjö, Tallinn/Harju, Tartu, Riga, Šiauliai, Olsztyn, Warsaw donut, Gdynia. These plans aim at improving commuting conditions between the central cities and their suburbs. By bringing transport planners and policymakers together, the project integrated the master plans into the partner cities’ policies and transport planning. This allowed the cities to make local transport more environmentally friendly and tackle emissions in a coordinated way.
A toolbox for planning and analytics provided
The SUMBA project provided the tools aimed at supporting cities in developing better commuting conditions. In the toolbox, the users can find the guidance for transport modelling and data collection. The guidance for modelling complies the available transport models as well as planning support tools. Thanks to the guidance cities can choose the right web-based application for their needs.
Furthermore, the toolbox contains an Intermodalyzer index measuring a level of inter-modality, or how well intermodal the transport system of a city is. The index is useful for municipal planners and transport non-governmental organisations to assess the transport situation.
The Interreg project SUMBA used EURO 2.94 million from European Union to support the cities in the Baltic Sea region in sustainable transport transformation and make the cities environmentally friendly.
Intermodalyzer - a Benchmarking Scheme to assess the City's Transport System with regard to Intermodality
Guidance for transport modelling and data collection
Template for commuting masterplans
City of Hamburg, Borough of Altona
- RepresentativeUta Solta
German Aerospace Center
- RepresentativeKay Gade
Baltic Environmental Forum Estonia
- RepresentativeLaura Remmelgas
City of Tallinn
- RepresentativeAnu Kalda
Tartu City Government
- RepresentativeJaanus Tamm
Riga City Council
Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia
- RepresentativeIrina Aleksejeva
The city of Växjö
- RegionKronobergs län
- RepresentativePär Wallin
Šiauliai City Municipality
- RegionŠiaulių apskritis
- RepresentativeGiedre Mendoza Herrera
- RepresentativeDorota d'Aystetten
Earth and People Foundation
- RegionMiasto Warszawa
- RepresentativeEwelina Skoczeń
Union of Harju County Municipalities