Sustainable transport and mobility

Knowledge Sharing Portal

Creating sustainable transportation solutions is one of the greatest challenges facing cities today, but also a great opportunity for the low-carbon development of cities. African cities are urbanising rapidly, and with this comes increasing demand for safe and efficient transport to link the growing urban population to economic opportunities. Currently, congestion hampers the movement of people and goods in many African cities and hinders the socio-economic development that these cities so desperately require. It is thus essential that innovative and sustainable means of transporting people around cities is developed, particularly when one considers the influence that transport has in contributing to climate change; nearly one-third of global CO2 emissions come from the transportation of people and goods. Sustainable urban mobility promotes the shift from private cars and trucking to different modes of public transport and interventions, like bicycle and pedestrian lanes, electric vehicles, car sharing and rail freight. Fortunately, solutions exist, with many African cities pioneering innovative ways to transport residents in a sustainable and efficient manner.

ICLEI Africa and WWF continue to work with network and member cities in Africa to explore and promote such solutions. We have created a knowledge sharing portal providing free access to the latest resources pertaining to sustainable transport within Africa, as well as lessons and case studies from around the world. We hope you find the portal valuable. If you would like to comment or have resources uploaded to the site, please contact ICLEI Africa at e-mail: iclei-africa@iclei.org.

Ecomobility is a term used to describe travel through integrated, socially inclusive, and environmentally friendly transport options, including and integrating walking, cycling, public transport and other climate and people friendly innovative modes of transport. By enabling citizens and organizations to access goods, services, and information in a sustainable manner, ecomobility supports citizens’ quality of life, increases travel choices, and promotes social cohesion.


• WWF Sustainable Mobility

• WWF One Planet City Challenge

• EcoMobility

• EcoMobility World Festival 

• EcoMobility Word Festival Johannesburg 2015

• EcoMobility Alliance

• Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative

OPCC City Case Studies

• Monteria

• Jakarta

• Paris

• Amsterdam

• Various city case studies 

OPCC Knowledge Transfer Webinar Series on Sustainable Mobility

  • Webinar 1: 21 March at 2pm CET
  • Webinar 2: 25 April at 2pm CET on “Financing of public transport infrastructure” (To Be Confirmed)
  • Webinar 3: 8 May at 2pm CET on “Behavior change campaigns to encourage for public transport” (To Be Confirmed)

YouTube clips

• WWF EHCC CT – Global Winner 2014

• Join the OPCC 2017

• Cities Rise to the Challenge

• Sustainable Mobility

• TED Talk – Future of Transport

• TED Talk – Our ride into the Future

• TED Talk – Change in your Transportation Future


• EHCC 2016 Digest

• EcoMobility Alliance Report 2016-2017

• Various documents

• Cost benefit of Non-Motorised Transport (NMT)

Technical Documents

Assessment and Audit Scheme Manual
Assessment and Audit Scheme Indicator Descriptions
Assessment and Audit Scheme City Profile Factors


• Dar es Salaam wins 2018 Sustainability Transport Awards 

• Mauritius shares their experience in promoting cleaner and more fuel efficient vehicle strategies with Africa

• Four more countries in Africa switch to low sulphur fuels

• Dar Rapid Transport Project honoured by Bloomberg Philanthropies


• Africa Sustainable Transport Forum

Articles & Research Papers

Toward Sustainable and Energy Efficient Urban Transport