Healthy and sustainable mobility, such as walking and cycling, plays an essential role in reducing air pollution, noise, greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and road congestion. Mobilizing resources in these areas is essential for enhancing public health, combating climate change, promoting economic development, fostering social equity and ensuring urban sustainability. Ultimately, these efforts pave the way for a more resilient, prosperous and inclusive society.
Active mobility can prevent noncommunicable diseases, which account for more than 70% of all deaths in the pan-European region. Evidence shows that shifting short car trips (accounting for 40% of emissions) to active mobility can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote everyday physical activity.
This session, organized under the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP), a tripartite policy framework, will demonstrate why and how to promote sustainable and healthy mobility at national and local levels. A module on e-biking under the Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) for walking and cycling will be officially launched, with a practical demonstration including good-practice examples on how the tool can be utilized to assess the health benefits associated with e-biking. Finally, the session will showcase how THE PEP Partnerships on Active Mobility and on Child- and Youth-friendly Mobility can help accelerate the transition to healthy, clean and sustainable mobility in the pan-European region.