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Sustainability: How environmental goals and IAA MOBILITY mesh together

Jun 2, 2021

Progressive, innovative, livable, with a high quality of life and effective environmental protection: that’s how Germany should be. In its sustainable development strategy (Deutsche Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie, DNS), the federal government is calling on people and companies to make Germany more sustainable at every level. IAA MOBILITY 2021 is contributing to implementing these goals – including through the CO2-neutral stands featured in the Open Space, the Blue Lane as an environmental transport lane, and numerous innovations – from new drivetrains that are kinder to the environment to modular micro-mobility to the bike zone.

This is the DNS

The basis of the German Sustainable Development Strategy (DNS) is the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda. Here, 17 goals were formulated for global sustainable development. The member states are committed to combating poverty and hunger, establishing decent working conditions and protecting the climate by 2030. Alongside opportunities for a good education, health and affordable housing, sustainable routes out of the coronavirus crisis rank amongst the DNS projects. The German states, cities and local authorities are being supported in this, as are individual citizens, such as young people, families and entrepreneurs.

Sustainable mobility that is economical with resources and reliable at the same time is one of the key themes that the member states are promoting. Thus, the six transformation areas in the evolution of the DNS, approved by the federal government in March 2021, include the areas of “Energy transition and climate protection” and “Sustainable building and transport transformation”, both of which impact the future of mobility in Germany. And a central point of the sustainability pact within the DNS is promoting mobility transition.

The DNS and mobility transition

Amongst other things, there is support for public transport at the local authority and individual state level, with an additional EUR 2.5 bn on top of existing funding. By December 31, 2025, Germany is also doubling its contribution to the environmental bonus (“Umweltbonus”) and supporting the expansion of a modern and safe charging point infrastructure, along with research and development in electromobility and battery cell manufacture, with an additional EUR 2.5 bn. Two billion euros in grants are available in the period from 2020 to 2024 for investments in the automotive industry by vehicle manufacturers and suppliers.

“The transformation of the transport system can only succeed if mobility is recognized as a vital component in the life of society that needs to remain accessible to all. At the same time, mobility increasingly needs to take account of the concerns of environmental and climate protection,” – so runs the wording in the DNS. IAA MOBILITY 2021 is contributing to this.

All vehicles with a climate-neutral drivetrain are permitted to use the Blue Lane © IAA MOBILITY 2021
All vehicles with a climate-neutral drivetrain are permitted to use the Blue Lane © IAA MOBILITY 2021

IAA MOBILITY’s contribution to mobility transition

The IAA is transforming itself from a pure car show into a future-facing international mobility platform. A key goal of IAA MOBILITY 2021 is to demonstrate the route to climate-neutral mobility – for example, through sustainable innovations and mobility solutions, alternative drives, via new developments in bikes, and even the possibilities of enabling visitors to experience modular micro-mobility and new mobility solutions.

Urban development planning is another key theme of the IAA MOBILITY. A 12 km test route is being installed from Munich’s city center to the exhibition site – the Blue Lane. All vehicles with a climate-neutral drivetrain are permitted to use it, as are zero-emission vehicles including CNG cars running on biomethane, and plug-in hybrids, so long as they are in pure electric mode while in the Blue Lane. Shared cars carrying at least three people, regardless of how the car is powered, are also allowed to use it. With the Blue Lane, the Munich City Administration and IAA MOBILITY are showing how mobility can play its part in sustainable urban planning in future, via environmental transport lanes like this.

Exhibitors are undertaking to design their presence to have a CO2-neutral balance sheet – assisted by “myclimate”, whose label enables them to offset their greenhouse gas emissions.  © bbh-singapore / Unsplash
Exhibitors are undertaking to design their presence to have a CO2-neutral balance sheet – assisted by “myclimate”, whose label enables them to offset their greenhouse gas emissions. © bbh-singapore / Unsplash

In the Open Space too, as a show area for exhibitors, there is a major focus on sustainability. The brands’ showcases are paying particular attention to long lifetimes of the materials used, to the potential for reuse, and to using recyclable and reusable materials. In addition, exhibitors are undertaking to design their presence to have a CO2-neutral balance sheet. In that, they are being assisted by “myclimate”. The myclimate label enables exhibitors to offset their greenhouse gas emissions. A tracking number integrated into the myclimate label shows which myclimate carbon offset project is benefiting from the offsetting. myclimate CEO Stephen Neff is convinced: “There are so many effective and instantly-adoptable opportunities for more climate-friendly mobility around.”

Spread over the entire month of June, you will find reports and interviews as Mobility Stories on the IAA website, showing how the sustainable mobility of the future might look. Let’s start making that change now!

The IAA MOBILITY is transforming itself from a pure car show to an international mobility platform with four pillars: the Summit, the Conference, the “Blue Lane” and the downtown Munich Open Space. Under the slogan of “What will move us next”, it stands for the digital and climate-neutral mobility of the future. From 7 to 12 September 2021, the car, bike and tech industries come together at IAA MOBILITY in Munich.

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