Cutting pollution through multi-modal transportation options

This solution addresses lack of environmentally sustainable transportation in Paris, France for local communities

Problem Description

Anne Hidalgo, the first female mayor of Paris, has continued previous mayor Delanoë´s green transport policies with a host of actions, including 30 km/h speed limit zones, incentives for reducing car use, and plans to double cycle lanes and phase out diesel vehicles entirely by 2020. Furthermore, Paris, France’s National Earth Hour Capital of 2015, has launched a new Smart and Sustainable City project focused on smart city technology and participatory governance.

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In one of history´s biggest car-free days, Paris on 27 September 2015 shut down 30% of the traffic inside the péripherique ring road, effectively transforming the city center to a walkable space all the way from the Champs-Élysées to the Bastille. It was enough to cut pollution levels by up to 40% and noise levels by up to 50% in some areas and visibly clear the skies above the city, which despite 15 years of transport efforts is still so plagued by smog that the Eiffel Tower was almost completely obscured during a spike in pollution in March 2015.

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Developing and implementing5
Strong leadership, management, implementation skills
  • Policy design
  • Programme design
  • Business modelling
  • Organisational design
  • Prepare for some adaptation to implementation
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  • Programme funds, equity, loans, grants
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A robust and detailed case developed through formal evaluation and evidence gathering – use of a control group to isolate impact
An implemented and sustainable innovation

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