Panel Discussion

Towards new solutions in mobility? Municipal responses to the mobility-transition

26 May 2020
68161 Mannheim

For over a year now, the Fridays for Future movement has been calling for consistent and effective climate policy from politicians and business worldwide. Every Friday, young people take to the streets with great media attention. The activists demand the fulfillment of the Paris Climate Agreement and repeatedly refer to scientific findings. In this way, research on climate policy measures is increasingly attracting public attention.

Within the framework of the BMBF funding measure Economics of Climate Change II, scientists at the ZEW Mannheim and other scientific institutions in Germany investigate climate economic and sustainability issues from different perspectives. Their results are now to be introduced into the debate – with a special focus on measures in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. At our event, which will take place as part of the Dialogue on the Economics of Climate Change at the Institute's headquarters in Mannheim on May 26th 2020, the key players in the metropolitan region will be brought into discussion with one another.

Mannheim is one of five model cities in Germany for the development and implementation of nitrogen dioxide reduction measures. The aim is to help shape the mobility revolution by e. g. limiting particulate matter and reducing emissions. At the same time, mobility should remain fast, efficient and affordable for the citizen. Will the city live up to its claim to be a "model city"? Will measures in public transport such as cheaper tickets and more frequent services be sufficient to reduce pollutant emissions and make mobility in Mannheim fit for the future?

Our event starts with a keynote speech by a ZEW mobility expert summarising current research results on possible transport policy measures. Afterwards, ZEW scientists will discuss with representatives of Fridays for Future, the city of Mannheim and the transport sector. The audience is invited to contribute to the discussion with their own questions (interactive via smartphone).