Innovative UK policy interventions applied to the Brazilian context

World Resources Institute (WRI) Brasil Cidades Sustentáveis

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Drawing on its local knowledge in Brazil and its UK urban mobility expertise, Steer Davies Gleave identified policies and technologies that could address Brazil’s urban mobility issues.

Our role

Steer Davies Gleave was commissioned by WRI Brasil Cidades Sustentáveis to develop a desktop assessment on the state of the art low carbon policies and urban mobility technologies in the UK that could be applicable to address Brazilian urban transport needs. The study was part of the “Urban Mobility: UK expertise supporting PAC funded projects” project, developed by WRI Brasil Cidades Sustentáveis with financial support from the British Embassy in Brazil. The municipalities directly benefiting from the project were Florianopolis, SC and Salvador, BA, but the aim was to multiply the knowledge across a wider range of municipalities.

How we did it

Steer Davies Gleave used our local knowledge to identify urban mobility needs in cities like Florianopolis and Salvador, and international experience to identify key aspects of the development of successful urban mobility interventions in the UK. Based on those aspects, we developed an analysis of how we could assist the processes to implement successful policy interventions in Brazil. The work included:

Review and evaluation of available data, and consultation with urban mobility professionals from both Brazilian cities. 

Needs assessment in terms of availability and integration of different transport modes, air quality and travel demand management strategies, as well as clear paths for financing sources and monitoring tools.

The Steer Davies Gleave team identified ten policy interventions and five technologies that were implemented in the UK and could be adapted to suit Brazilian needs. The interventions included the development of active transport strategies, and inclusion of freight transport in their policies, as well as clear actions to engage and involve the public sector to contribute to improving urban mobility around the cities. 

A critical analysis to evaluate and validate the appropriateness of the different UK interventions was undertaken, highlighting key aspects such as: changes in regulation, technical capacity and stakeholder engagement among others. These aspects were considered critical on the success of the interventions. 

The study aimed to present the connection between the government´s urban transport policies, innovative interventions and how the results reflected on the policies´ objectives. 

The document produced was distributed among transport officials from IPUF (Florianopolis´ Urban Planning Institute) and the results were presented by Steer Davies Gleave during the ‘Climate Change, mobility and innovation’ seminar. The seminar took place in the city of Florianopolis and was organised by IPUF and WRI Brasil Cidades Sustentaveis, with support from the British Embassy in Brazil.

Similarly, the document was also distributed among transport officials from SEMOB (Salvador´s Municipal Secretary for Transport) and the results were presented by Steer Davies Gleave during the ‘More transport, less emissions’ seminar. The Seminar took place in the city of Salvador and was organised by SEMOB and WRI Brasil Cidades Sustentaveis, with support from the British Embassy in Brazil. 

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