MOVE 21 aims at transforming European cities and their surroundings into smart zero emissions nodes for mobility and logistics

The project will help participating cities achieve a 30% reduction of transport-related emissions by 2030 via the implementation of 15 transport-related innovations.

Transport major challenge

Transport currently accounts for about a third of all climate emissions in Europe. Without significant measures, transport will be the largest source of climate gas emissions by 2030. It is expected that passenger and freight transport will grow by more than 40% and 60%, respectively, by 2050. With the COVID-19 pandemic, massive shifts in transport patterns are occurring overnight, intensifying transport related challenges in cities.

The Project

MOVE21 has received 9 million EUR funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. MOVE21 started in May 2021 and will run over 4 years. The project is coordinated by the City of Oslo, innovator city in C40 and European Green Capital in 2019. The partners represent seven European countries: Norway, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, and Greece.

Testing and upscaling

MOVE21 will connect urban systems in an integrated approach and address both goods and passenger transport. The aim is to improve efficiency, capacity utilization of existing vehicles and transport related infrastructure, accessibility, and innovation capacity in urban transport. As a welcome side effect, cities will become better equipped to handle rapid changes in transport patterns due to unforeseen events such as pandemics.

The idea of cities as testbeds is central to MOVE21, and the project comprises three Living Labs in Oslo, Gothenburg, and Hamburg, together with three replicator cities: Munich, Bologna and Rome. The project will test and upscale different solutions for passenger and goods transport in these six urban areas across Scandinavian-Mediterranean (Scan-Med) Corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). The idea is to harness positive effects of new solutions, not only in the so-called urban nodes, but across the Scan-Med TEN-T corridor.

MOVE21 delivers new, close to market ready solutions that have been proven to work in different regulatory and governance settings. The cities are also committed to upscaling the most prominent solutions – which can range from new technological integrations or business models to new procurement and governance methods.

“We will never make the targets in the Paris Agreement without decarbonising the transport sector. This project will look at passenger and goods transport through one lens by applying a holistic approach that includes governance, technology, infrastructure, and energy sources. This is a hands-on project that will drive tangible progress in European cities”, says Project Coordinator Tiina Ruohonen (City of Oslo).



Project Coordinator: Tiina Ruohonen, email

Communications Manager: Raffaele Vergnani, email


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