Environmentally-friendly paths to more mobility

The number of cars will grow to 1.3 billion in the next 20 years. The motorization of the emerging market economies is a major contributing factor – accompanied, by the way, with the release of 1.9 billion additional tons of CO2.

  • Globally, the transport of passengers will increase by 1.6 %, and the transport of freight by 2.5 % by 2030.

  • The ton-kilometers in freight transport will double to 30 trillion (compared to 2000).

  • Overall, the transport of passengers and freight will account for 25 to 30 % of global energy consumption.

  • Passenger and freight volume in aviation will increase annually 5 to 6%.

  • Rail traffic is only responsible for 2 % of energy consumption.

So, the greatest potential for reducing energy consumption lies in road traffic. Solutions that support transferring traffic from the road to the rails also play an important role.

In the city center: More and more mobile people

Experts predict that 90 % of future population growth will be concentrated in cities. Already today, more than 70% of EU citizens live in urban areas. Demand continues to grow for a smoothly-operating and energy-efficient infrastructure, both within urban centers and between towns:

  • Demands for individual mobility

  • Increasing transportation capacity demand

  • Constricted traffic flow due to traffic jams

  • Urban traffic accounts for roughly 40 % of CO2 emissions   (*Source for 3-5:

  • In terms of surface area, cities only cover one percent of the earth’s surface, but they account for 75 % of global energy consumption and produce 80 % of all greenhouse gases

At the same time, a study shows how a nearly CO2-free metropolis can become a reality: by combining numerous measures for more energy-efficiency in buildings, increased development of electric mobility on rails and roads, and by using low-CO2 energy sources.

*exact citation Siemens (Munich study)

To ensure smoothly-operating and resource-friendly mobility in the future, we need closely networked transportation and information systems. Regardless of whether the traffic is in city centers, small towns or in the country – we can only master the various challenges when all types of transportation are coordinated appropriately and function smoothly.

With its “Complete mobility” solutions, Siemens is paving the way for tomorrow, today – for sustainable growth.