The 2023 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK theme is Save Energy. Why is it important to save energy through sustainable urban mobility? Because energy and mobility poverty are rising due to higher costs for residents and businesses across Europe. Meanwhile, operating public transport continues to be a high expense for city budgets - reducing this expense through energy efficient transport will support affordable and sustainable transport infrastructures.
Following Russia's unwarranted invasion of Ukraine, it is also crucial to reduce dependency on Russian oil and to shift to sustainable energy sources, which will simultaneously move Europe toward a climate-neutral future by 2050.
Collective action to reduce energy use has already made a positive impact on fuel reserves and prices, but there is more to be done! This year, let’s explore ways to make sure our mobility habits contribute to these collective efforts.
The main event takes place from 16-22 September each year, culminating in the popular Car-Free Day. Local authorities are encouraged to use the main week to try out innovative planning measures, promote new infrastructure and technologies, measure air quality, and get feedback from the public.
With more towns and cities joining every year, and with its huge media appeal, the campaign is widely recognised as a driving force towards sustainable urban mobility in Europe and beyond.