Addressing the four Key Challenges of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning


Achieving sustainable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly transport systems is one of the European key aims. Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) are an instrument that contributes to reaching the climate and energy targets set by EU leaders. However, cities frequently face major barriers while creating their own Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans.

CH4LLENGE addresses the four most pressing challenges in SUMP development and implementation and develops innovative and transferable solutions in the areas of:

  • Stakeholder participation and citizen involvement
  • Institutional cooperation between sectors and disciplines
  • Identification of the most effective policy measures
  • Monitoring and evaluation of progress in SUMP development


IEE- Intelligent Energy Europe Programme


Nine European cities are involved in CH4LLENGE and they are grouped according to their status of sustainable urban mobility planning. The Optimising Cities of Amiens, Dresden, Gent and the county of West Yorkshire have all worked extensively with SUMPs and will optimise their SUMP processes in the four thematic areas. The Advancing Cities of Brno, Budapest, Krakow, Timisoara and Zagreb are ambitious partners from New Member States and currently moving towards sustainable urban mobility planning. The Optimising Cities will assist them in developing strategies and implementing pilots in all four challenges.

CH4LLENGE also supports 26 Follower Cities outside the consortium which are committed to improving their mobility planning. Among them Turku and Kotka from Finland, Gdynia from Poland, Kaunas from Lithuania and Tartu from Estonia and Kalmar from Sweden.

To facilitate the take-up of Sustainable Urban Mobility plans in European cities CH4LLENGE offers a great variety of training and learning opportunities:

  • The project organises SUMP Challenge Training workshops, National SUMP Challenge Seminars, Summer and Winter schools to local practitioners;
  • Four e-learning courses consisting of several modules will be developed;
  • CH4LLENGE kits, the key output of the project, will recapitulate the lessons drawn from the cities’ pilot schemes and the results of the project’s training activities to facilitate the take-up of SUMPs in Europe. Each kit will address one challenge and will consist of a comprehensive manual, a brochure and the relevant e-learning modules;
  • CH4LLENGE contributes to the knowledge consolidation between different SUMP initiatives by organizing an SUMP Exchange workshop.

Addressing the four most pressing challenges in the development and implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans.

2013 to 2016




2 440 000€