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Mobility-as-a-Service MaaS is taking up momentum in China. The seamless integration of public transport and new mobility services such as ride-hailing or smart bike-sharing is high on the agenda of policy-makers in China and seen as an important key to make transport – accounting for about 11 percent of China’s total CO2 emissions – more climate-friendly.
In order to provide a policy framework for low carbon-oriented development of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) in China, the Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport (CLCT) project commissioned the study “From Mobility-on-Demand to Mobility-as-a-Service: Promoting China’s Transport Transition Towards Sustainable Transport Integration” to the China Academy of Transportation Sciences (CATS).
On December 10th 2020, the kick-off workshop to the study took place in Beijing. During the workshop, the experts of GIZ, CATS, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport (BMCT), World Resources Institute (WRI), Didi Chuxing, Meituan Dianping, and the International Maas Alliance discussed the direction of the study and the current trends in MaaS development in China.
Some of the key points discussed during the workshop were:
- The level of mobility services integration in China is in general still low but good approaches for reference (e.g. carbon credit based MaaS in Beijing) are existing,
- Companies with relevance for MaaS come from different positions (e.g. Didi Chuxing: mobility services provider, Meituan Dianping: “Lifestyle platform”) with different potentials for making use of carbon credit-based service integration and behavioral change approaches via MaaS,
- China’s integrated mobile payment “environment” is a big advantage for MaaS,
- The potentials of MaaS for climate-friendly transport need to be deeply explored and a strong guiding policy-framework is needed, in particular to ensure that MaaS leads to overall reduction of total vehicle kilometers.
The results of the workshop will be summarized into the study report. The study will be completed in the third quarter of 2021. If you are interested in knowing more about the aims, the methodology and the progress of the research, please feel free to get in touch with us by contacting Dr. Marie Peters (email@example.com), project manager urban transport in the Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport project.