Sustainable mobility in focus at the MaaS Summit 2019
This year the focus of the MaaS Summit was on the questions around sustainable mobility and MaaS, focusing especially on the environmental impacts and climate change mitigation, but also covering other pillars of sustainability, i.e. the economic and social aspects.
The aim of this high-level summit was to bring fresh ideas and input to the discussion surrounding MaaS by bringing actors from the local, national, EU and global levels to endorse sustainability in the MaaS context and deployment of the latest digital and shared mobility innovations to create benefits for people, societies and the planet.
Minister of Transport and Communications Sanna Marin opened the Summit, followed by the European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport, Mrs Violeta Bulc.
"MaaS is one of the key concepts which should be able to improve the energy efficiency of the whole transport system, and diminish the ecological footprint of personal mobility compared with conventional transport systems," said minister Sanna Marin in her opening speech.
The MaaS Summit is a high-level event on Mobility as a Service (MaaS). The MaaS Summit was hosted by the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications, the European Commission and the MaaS Alliance and was held in conjunction with the Digital Transport Days conference on 8 October 2019.
Approximately 90 high-level transport experts from around the world, representing the business community, EU Member States and other public sector organisations attended this year's event. The Summit programme included keynote speeches and roundtable discussions involving all the participants. The MaaS Alliance published a summary of the outcome of the discussions on its website.
The MaaS Alliance is an international public-private partnership creating the foundations for a common approach to MaaS. The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications is one of its founding members.
Saara Reinimäki, Senior Specialist, tel. +358 50 303 3065