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New Year’s resolution sustainability – for a greener 2020
We are starting this year as we finished the last one: with a special focus on sustainability. And this can best be achieved together. So at the beginning of the year and as a reminder for all of us, we have put together a few proven tips for more sustainability.

In everyday life

Everybody should know the basics of sustainability in everyday life by now: own cup instead of to-go cup, waste sorting instead of all in one bin, seasonal fruit instead of flight mango and jute bags instead of plastic bags…

But even though a lot has changed in the meantime with regard to plastic bags, there are still more than one trillion plastic bags used worldwide every year. Lined up together, this amount of bags makes 10,000 trips around the world! In Germany we still use two billion plastic bags a year – or to put it another way: every minute 3,700 bags are issued in this country.

So there is still a need for further measures for more sustainability in everyday life. For example, the use of energy-efficient household appliances, the avoidance of environmentally harmful cleaning products, or the switch to sustainable fashion and second-hand items can also make an important contribution to a greener consumer behaviour.

On the street

In addition to the small, important steps in everyday life, the discussion and adaptation of sustainable mobility concepts plays a decisive role. Our common goal for 2020 should therefore be to leave the car at home (even) more often and to use the bicycle and public transport for longer distances instead.

For all city dwellers, new forms of mobility and a well developed public transport infrastructure already offer many attractive alternatives. But also in rural areas, digitisation and demand-responsive new offers as well as the expansion of existing services can herald a sustainable and successful turnaround in transport.

Would you like to reflect not only on your own mobility behaviour, but also proactively help to shape sustainable mobility concepts as a pioneer? A data-based mobility analysis will tell you which measures you can support on your way to future mobility in 2020.

On the job

After holiday season is before rush hour: especially in the cold season, crowded employee parking lots are not a rare sight. Needs-based solutions such as mobility budgets, employee shuttles or organized car pools provide employees with a convenient alternative to the daily commuter stress and congestion on the highways, and have an equally positive impact on the company’s ecological footprint.

Want a small calculation? A commuter who uses public transport instead of his own car for a 25 kilometre journey to work not only saves money, but also 320 kilograms of CO2 per year!

And now? Our suggestion: First look at the size of your own ecological footprint and derive the best measures for your individual behaviour. To a greener 2020!

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Silke Höhl is a PhD student at the Research Lab for Urban Transport (ReLUT) at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. The construction and industrial engineer won the «Best Idea 2019» competition at the Allianz Pro Schiene Innovation Award 2019. Her concept: an innovative parcel delivery service. Hereby, the idea is not to create a new transport infrastructure, but to use public transport that is already well developed in the cities. The idea: underground and tramways take care of transporting the parcels to the city centres and a load wheel takes care of the last few kilometres to the front door.

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