The SuM4All World Bank initiative today publishes its latest report as part of the Global Roadmap of Action series, Sustainable Electric Mobility: Building Blocks and Policy Recommendations. UIC is part of the SuM4All initiative, working to promote and support sustainable mobility for all and representing the global voice of rail. UIC is proud to have contributed to the report and supports its key messages and policy recommendations for the decarbonisation and digitalisation of the transport sector.
The paper unpacks the GRA’s policy measures on electric mobility into three action areas, seven building blocks and 69 policy recommendations to promote sustainable e-mobility at all levels of government as a call to action for policymakers.
The seven building blocks of successful public policy for sustainable electric mobility set out in the report are as follows:
- Building momentum: the power of vision and targets
- Raising awareness: a narrative based on transparent information and multi-stakeholder engagement
- Setting the right policy framework: regulating the market and stimulating action
- Integrating mobility and energy policy for mutual benefit
- Pilot projects: the benefits of local experience
- Providing knowledge: capacity building and exchange of experience
- Developing the financing tools: financing mechanisms and business models fit for purpose
It uses the “Avoid-Shift-Improve” paradigm for sustainable mobility, with shift of mode to established electrified mobility, such as rail, being an essential ingredient. As the most energy efficient form of mass land transport, railways may be the backbone of the electric mobility revolution in many circumstances. A shift to rail for both freight and passengers is the quickest and most effective way to accelerate increased electric mobility. Compared to other modes of transport, the rail sector is widely electrified. In 2016, about three-quarters of global conventional passenger rail activity used electricity, and virtually all urban and high-speed rail networks are electric.
Electrification is expected to continue at a rapid pace throughout the world, although battery or hydrogen fuel will be a more cost-effective alternative to diesel on some routes. UIC is working with its members to support the development of alternative propulsion. Take part in dedicated events tomorrow and next week (battery workshop: https://uic.org/events/battery-trains) to find out more and join the debate.