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Traffic causes roughly a fifth of the carbon dioxide emissions in Finland. Cities have an important role to play in cutting emissions from traffic. New mobility services, such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS), are a growing market with a worldwide business potential worth hundreds of billions of euros. New mobility services can reduce carbon dioxide emissions caused by traffic effectively and create new business at the same time. The challenges and opportunities in the field of traffic are typically so comprehensive that they require wide-reaching cooperation and ecosystem-based thinking. The national growth programme for the traffic sector encourages operators in the public and private sector to engage in even closer cooperation than before.

The ‘Low-carbon transport in mobility hubs’ project examines, develops and experiments with reducing the carbon dioxide emissions of traffic in Espoo, Oulu, Tampere and Turku. The project is conducted in cooperation with companies. So-called mobility hubs or centres with large numbers of passengers and a strong public transport system serve as platforms. The cities have appointed a hub or hubs with identified potential for the development of various mobility services as development platforms for business cooperation.

The goal of the project is to improve companies’ business opportunities in the following areas:

• new forms of mobility and the development of travel chains
• the development of the parking system
• robot buses and electronic transport vehicles.

The City of Espoo is coordinating the project, partners are Business Tampere, City of Oulu, Turku University of Applied Sciences and City of Turku. The project period is 1 August 2019–31 October 2021 with a budget of 1,927,797 euros.

Further information:
Sanna Rönkkönen
Senior Specialist
City of Espoo
tel. +358 (0)40 645 8877, sanna.ronkkonen(at)espoo.fi