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Sustainable Mobility Transitions: (New) Pathways of Future Energy Systems

Energy, Sustainability and Society welcomes submissions to the thematic series on 'Sustainable Mobility Transitions: (New) Pathways of Future Energy Systems'.

Genesis, objective and overview of the special issue

The global pandemic has led to massive reductions in mobility worldwide. Post-lockdown travel is characterised by several restrictions still in place and an emerging upheaval in individual behaviour. Long-distance travel loses attractiveness, professional meetings are increasingly held online and holiday destinations in closer proximity become more appealing. To the mobility sector, this poses a considerable challenge, as it might need to readjust profoundly. Several cities see a window of opportunity for the mobility transition to finally gain momentum, and some, such as Brussels, Paris or Berlin, have already started to implement new concepts. For example, temporary bike lanes have been installed as part of an ambitious bike promotion strategy. Additionally, sustainability and green transformation efforts need to be accounted for: If we take climate protection seriously, then we need to fundamentally transform the transport sector. Until now, battery-powered electric vehicles have been among the most promising technologies, especially since batteries are expected to become cheaper and more powerful in the future. In the longer term, electric vehicles based on fuel cells and powered by green hydrogen will also have their place, at least in segments where battery storage is not manageable, such as long-haul aircraft and overseas ships. However, electrification only makes sense if renewable energies are available.
They are decentralised gained and at the same time fluctuate. In order to reach a balance between demand and supply of renewables, all consumption sectors - electricity, heat and transport - are increasingly coupled with each other in order to create flexibility in the overall system. This idea stands behind the technical concept of sector coupling.
The first aspect of the Special Issue concerns the question of which new forms of regulation and governance of the transport system are currently being developed or are already emerging in contours.
The second aspect of the Special Issue concerns the question of how a transformation of the transport sector is also a social question: a changed mobility requires the willingness of the population and is closely linked to living habits, individual attitudes and the structures of everyday life.
From a scientific perspective, a distinction can be made between individual and collective action: the change in traffic as a direct burden on the individual and as a task for society, which depends on consensus and legitimacy. The scientific debate often focuses on poverty and justice, on costs and consumption, and solutions for cities, communities and neighbourhoods. In particular, the distributional justice is emphasized, whereby the procedural dimension should not be ignored: Numerous studies show that not all parts of the population are equally represented in discursive participatory processes in the context of the development of new mobility concepts.
Most of the contributions are based on conference papers that have been submitted for the international conference "Energy Futures – Emerging Pathways in an Uncertain World?" by the Leibniz Research Alliance on Energy Transitions from the 22nd to the 26thof February 2021, which was originally supposed to take place at the WZB, but because of the Corona pandemic was held exclusively digitally. The list of papers has been supplemented by contributions given at the DVPW conference "Renaissance der Verkehrspolitik". This conference also took place digitally on the 18th and 19th of February 2021.

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Jörg Radtke, University Siegen, Germany


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Weert Canzler , WZB, Berlin, Germany 


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