Applus+ presents initial results of U-MOB LIFE, a project involving best practice in sustainable mobility in European universities


    This is a European Commission-funded project led by Applus+ through Novotec. It forms part of the LIFE Programme. Its aim is to establish a network of universities with a view to facilitating the exchange and transfer of knowledge on best practice in sustainable mobility among the participating European universities.

    U-MOB LIFE: European Network for Sustainable Mobility at University (July 2016 to June 2021), a project led by Applus+ through its Novotec brand, has seen excellent results in its first three years, bringing about a reduction in CO2 emissions thanks to improvements in the mobility of the university community.

    During this period, a total of 68 universities from 10 European countries (Germany, the UK, Italy, Poland, Greece, Croatia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and Spain) have joined the U-MOB network. This means that, Europe-wide, more than 1.5 million people have been involved in this project to date.

    Ten of the universities demonstrating the highest level of commitment have already drawn up Sustainable Mobility Plans setting out concrete measures to put in place by 2021. These measures seek to improve urban planning in their respective universities as well as to promote more sustainable mobility management through the use of bicycles, public transport and walking.

    In this three-year period, 78 examples of best practice in universities have been gathered and shared with the network. In addition, a training course has been developed to train the universities’ mobility managers, which will shortly be made available to members of the network. The project has also seen the creation of a range of communications materials to raise awareness within the network’s universities as well as the launch of video competitions in Spain and Italy to get university students and staff involved, with a good success rate.

    Two international conferences have taken place in the context of this project: one in Barcelona (March 2017) and the other in Krakow (March 2019). These conferences brought together many of the participating universities, along with public authorities and local transport providers, to discuss examples of best practice that could generate a shift towards sustainable modes of transport.

    All of these achievements contribute significantly towards the project’s ultimate goal of cutting CO2 emissions by way of a more sustainable transport model.