The role of urban and regional planning in promoting sustainability energy transitions in the transport sector

People on bicycles at Skeppsbron in Stockholm.

Planning for a sustainable energy transition in the transport sector is becoming increasingly important, especially with the implementation of the global sustainability goals, so also in Swedish municipalities and regions.

Currently there are few available strategies or tools that can be used to assess the social, organizational and technological consequences of rapid technological development or to promote sustainable and socially inclusive innovation in the transport sector. Thus, one way of achieving a sustainable energy transition can be by using strategic traffic planning.

In the transition of today's cities and regions to become more sustainable, the transport sector plays an important role. Such a transition requires long-term and sustainable transport planning that supports change in already established travel patterns, transportation systems and the ways we implement new solutions and innovations. Today, Swedish municipalities work in different ways regarding traffic planning and sustainability matters. There is also a great uncertainty on how a sustainable transition of the transport sector should look like. Often, there are set goals and visions, but the means and ways of achieving them is not as clear.

This project is carried out in collaboration with municipal and regional actors and aims to evaluate and develop instruments and strategies that enable planners to take a more active role in creating a sustainable energy transition in the transport and mobility sector.