SUMI was a service contract for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport providing technical support related to sustainable urban mobility indicators (MOVE/B4/2017-358). Within the project 46 European urban areas tested a sustainable urban mobility indicator set based on the “SMP2.0 Sustainable Mobility Indicators” developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Duration 12/2017 - 08/2020
Coordinator Rupprecht Consult
Indicators play a vital role in a city’s efforts to make and monitor progress towards a more sustainable mobility system. To support cities in this important activity, the European Commission (DG MOVE) funded the SUMI (Sustainable Urban Mobility Indicators) project to review and “Europeanise” the existing indicator set SMP2.0 of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (https://www.wbcsd.org/Programs/Cities-and-Mobility/Transforming-Mobility/Transforming-Urban-Mobility/SiMPlify/Resources/Sustainable-Mobility-Indicators-SMP2.0) in order to make the indicators more suitable to the European context, more compatible with the availability of existing data sets and with the institutional context of data owners. Between 2018 and 2020, the SUMI consortium worked with nearly 50 urban areas in almost all EU Member States to apply this resulting indicator set and thus to test, validate and improve it. The overall goal was to have a methodologically rigorous, yet practical tool with concrete benefits for cities and with the potential to become the European standard of sustainable urban mobility indicators. The project also resulted in an online tool for cross-city comparison and benchmarking which is available from the SUMI page on the DG MOVE website: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/urban/urban_mobility/sumi_en.
The main result from the project were the (non-public) recommendations for the EC about further action, including ways in which the indicator set can be improved further, based on a thorough documentation and analysis of the experiences made with the concrete application of the indicator set by the cooperating cities.
Rupprecht Consult was the coordinator of the SUMI project and was responsible for the overall project management and coordination. In addition, Rupprecht Consult was coordinating the development of the recommendations, primarily targeted to the European Commission.