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Sustainable Development


A little background

We talk a lot about sustainable urban mobility at UITP, and indeed in the public transport sector as a whole. But what does it really mean to be sustainable? And in what ways do we incorporate messages on sustainability in to our outreach plans?

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  Without sustainable mobility sustainable development will not be possible and at UITP our mission is to make this a reality.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are the blueprint to achieve this vision: a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 Goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve them all by 2030.

What do we do?

Our advocacy work at UITP demonstrates how the public transport sector is making an essential and positive contribution to the SDG Agenda buy making cities better places to live, enhancing people’s quality of lives and protecting the environment.

We encourage our members to work with us on sustainability as much as possible –  from integrating sustainability principles into their business practices with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and ensuring their operations provide their citizens with access to a full range of urban opportunities open to them which enhances their quality of lives. The links between climate change and sustainable development are intertwined.  By setting global initiatives and campaigns to raise awareness of public transport’s and members’ contribution to the climate agenda at the annual climate talks (COP) it not only raises the profile of the sector but highlights to key policy makers the need to invest in the sector.

It’s through our work on sustainability that we find ourselves in the global spotlight more often. Most recently, by connecting our sector with the SDGs and climate action we have shown the many ways in which great public transport helps to deliver cleaner air in our cities. By encouraging decision makers to include public transport in their policy agendas, we can better meet the targets set on the SDGs and climate action at all levels. From UITP, to our members, all the way to national governments.

Sustainable Development means collaborating with our members on all of the measures it takes to achieve lasting change. This includes assessing the progress being made on reducing carbon footprints, lowering emissions around the world and showing what strong urban mobility can do for achieving healthier city living. We can’t do this without our members. We can only be sustainable together.


  • UITP Staff

    Yannick BOUSSE

    Senior Manager - Knowledge & Innovation
    Knowledge & Innovation
  • UITP Staff

    Philip TURNER

    Head of Sustainable Development
  • Committee Chair

    Projjal Dutta

    Director Sustainable Initiatives
    Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA)
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