“We are drunk on tech-solutions!“ Expert forum “Connected, mobile and sustainable – the digital city” October 06, 2016 at the Berlin GIZ Representation

IMGP6329On October 06, 2016 numerous experts of the mobility and transport sector discussed how the future of innovative urban mobility could look like and what main constraints are hindering the implementation of their visions. Panel experts included state secretary
Gunther Adler (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, BMUB), head of the directory Dr. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ), city officials and start-up representatives from Uber, Ally or Moovel.

Are innovative approaches just a gap-filler for a malfunctioning public transport system? How could they help to reduce private car ownership in urban areas? Should Uber and allygator shuttles be seen as a competitor or a meaningful addition for urban transport systems? Are they contributing to the sustainable development of the transport sector? The mobility scene is divided: on many occasions questions are raised if innovative mobility solutions are overrated and technologically idealised and if they have a blind spot for the demands raised by local and national
decision makers and their administrations. On the other hand too little is done to foster innovation and digitalisation, some technological innovation are even impeded by established players in the mobility sector. It seems necessary to enable actors to directly discuss and exchange ideas with each other.



The open expert forum with some 60 experts and city officials from Berlin, Freiburg, Bremen and Munich brought together the different perceptions and perspectives of mobility professionals. Moderator Hanna Gersmann, chief editor of the TAZ journal ZeoZwei, was leading the active exchange among panellists and experts in the audience and was able to touch some sore points during the discussion through her determined enquiry.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as well as the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and IMGP6266Nuclear Safety (BMUB) gave opening speeches at the event. Karin Kortmann, head of the GIZ Representation, welcomed this high level expert round and led over to an exciting discussion. Dr. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, head of the directory Environment and Infrastructure (BMZ), gave a strong reminder on the global responsibility to develop sustainable solutions and the necessity to give worldwide support, especially concerning the rising urbanisation and motorisation rates. State secretary Gunther Adler (BMUB) pointed out in his Keynote-speech, that sustainable mobility is strongly linked with quality of life and that in many partnering countries, cities already choke on their traffic. A way out towards the direction of more liveable cities can just be achieved by a triumvirate of “avoiding, shifting and improving traffic”.

The controversial debate made clear how important it is to have an intensive dialogue between these interdisciplinary actors. A local and global shift in transport policy can only be successfully achieved if everyone participates. The TUMI Friends is therefore actively involved in planning further events and exchange platforms on the topic of sustainable mobility and transformative change.


This event has been hosted by the TUMI Friends. The TUMI Friends-initiative is a joint initiative by the federal ministries BMZ and BMUB.

For more information visit: https://tumifriends.transformative-mobility.org/