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EcoMobility Scheme for Energy-Efficient Transport (ECOMOBILITY SHIFT)

Project brief
Key action: Energy-efficient transport
Status: Closed
Coordinator: Mr. Santhosh Kodukula
ICLEI European Secretariat GmbH, Germany
Tel: +49 288 97 62 99 - 54
Partners: Mobiel 21, Belgium
Municipality of Burgas (City of Burgas), Bulgaria
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability e.V. (ICLEI), Germany
Miskolci Egyetem, Hungary
Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-CE), Netherlands
Trivector Traffic AB (Trivector), Sweden
Edinburgh Napier University (NU), United Kingdom
Benefits: The overarching goal of the project is to improve the energy efficiency of urban transport by facilitating EcoMobility behavior through continuous improvement of local planning practices and implementation.
Keywords: sustainable, transport, label, ecomobility, cities, energy efficient
Duration: 11/05/2010 - 10/05/2013
Budget: EUR 896 149 (EU contribution: 75%)
Contract number: IEE/09/924/SI2.558318


The need to keep cities liveable, safe and accessible has become an issue of increasing concern for city governments. EcoMobility refers to the ability of any individual to travel, access opportunities and reach destinations in an environmentally-friendly, safe and healthy way. EcoMobility SHIFT has identified 20 indicators that allow it to measure how a city currently works, what it has delivered on the ground and the results and impacts achieved. A city is Between 2010 and 2013, 25 cities and 39 stakeholders from 15 EU-countries have participated in the development of the scheme. Six pilot cities have thoroughly tested the scheme and been awarded with a Gold, Silver or Bronze Label for EcoMobility. In 2013, the project established the SHIFT organisation to promote and expand the use of the EcoMobility SHIFT scheme throughout Europe and beyond.

  • Create a widely recognized and highly valued EcoMobility label for urban areas that sets EU-wide EcoMobility standards for walking, cycling, wheeling and public transport.
  • Establish a user-friendly Quality Management System for mobility departments in local authorities that tells them where and why they are performing well, and how they could perform even better.
  • Improve the energy efficiency of urban transport through a shift to public and non-motorized transport by improving the quality and accessibility to those modes of transport.
  • Enhanced safety in urban centres by promoting infrastructur investments for safe walking and cycling.
  • Improved citizens' health by encouraging more walking and cycling and reducing urban pollution.

Lessons learnt
  • Cities need a yardstick to measure their current transport performance and to know where they stand and to identify the areas for further development in urban transport. Indicators have to be specific but measurable without excessive effort. Indicators may not be too numerous as that can exceed available resources and reduce willingness to apply them. Indicators were therefore limited to 20 of a qualitative and quantitative nature.
  • Not all 20 indicators need to be measured and assessed during the assessment process in order to request an audit. It is, however, obligatory that all 6 Enabler indicators, which are of a qualitative nature, have been measured and assessed in a working group.
  • The auditor of a city cannot be the advisor for the same city. The auditor has the responsibility to certify the authenticity of the scores that a city advisor has awarded to a city. Therefore, SHIFT Auditors are trained transport professionals who are certified by the SHIFT Organisation to conduct an independent audit of a SHIFT city.

SHIFT Manual for Auditors and Advisors
(PDF, 4081 kB)
SHIFT Manual - Appendix 1: Indicators
(PDF, 764 kB)
SHIFT Manual - Appendix 2: Assessment Template
(PDF, 1713 kB)
SHIFT Manual - Appendix 4: Assessment workbook
(LSX, 420 kB)
SHIFT Manual - Appendix 5: City Profiles Factors
(PDF, 353 kB)
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