Challenges for Hamburg

Large metropolitan areas are increasingly being measured by how successfully they implement such future indicators as securing urban quality of life, economic development, sustainability and climate protection. For years now, Hamburg has been setting international standards. The Hamburg Senate’s climate protection concept, which targets a reduction in the total annual carbon emissions by 40% by 2020, is leading the way. By 2050, carbon emissions are forecast to be reduced by 80%. Beyond this, the German Federal Government has, within the scope of the diesel summit, decided to promote measures to improve air quality.

Hydrogen and fuel cell technology offers the best prerequisites to fulfill these stipulations. Hydrogen as a source of energy is already being successfully used in Hamburg’s public transportation system as well as in corporate vehicle fleets. The use of fuel cells enables a very efficient and local emission-free energy source as a replacement for the existing climate-damaging installations, particularly those that supply the auxiliary units of ships, which have rightly been criticized.

Beyond this, Hamburg is leading an ambitious program for a rapidly growing expansion of the charging station infrastructure for electric vehicles. This includes, aside from the increasing number of charging columns, also the timely conversion to innovative charging systems for fast charging. The use of e-vehicles in fleets and for private consumers has shown that this form of mobility is suitable for the many short routes used in city travel as well as for delivery and transportation vehicles.

Digitalization also offers numerous new possibilities for the structuring of future mobility solutions. For example, previously disconnected processes can be combined to create new, networked offers. This brings the user’s need and the product offer closer together, saves valuable resources for suppliers (employees, material, and financial resources), increases flexibility and the utilization of the offer, as well as enables the management of capacities closely in line with demand. In 2021, Hamburg will host the 28th ITS World Congress. The city of Hamburg is hereby demonstrating its readiness to intensively grapple with the opportunities of digital change in the mobility sector and to introduce and test digital solutions for passenger transport in the Hamburg metropolitan area.