Sustainable transport mix

In the transport energy sector, we consume about half the energy for our private mobility needs of the German reference family. Here, we profit first of all from the fact that we live in a large city with a well-developed public urban transport network. In particular, the sustainable urban development of the Messestadt Riem quarter has created short distances to schools, recreation facilities, shopping etc.

Our average annual mobility pattern is shown in Table 16.3. First of all, it is worth pointing out that we limit private air travel for the whole family to only once in five years. This was the typical average for the last 10-15 years and the usual destination was Southern Europe. Note that this air travel once in five years accounts for about one third of our transport energy consumption!

Most of our mobility demand is met by public urban transport – essentially underground train for me going to the office – and railways. Only a small part is met by cars. Yes, cars, not a car. As mentioned above, we have some 250 cars at our disposal, being members of the car-sharing organization STATTAUTO Munchen, offering transport vans and small buses as well as a range of passenger cars including mini, small and family cars. We book a car only three or four times a year as the rest of our travel needs can easily be met by other means of transport.

Table 16.3 Breakdown of our average annual mobility and related energy consumption

public urban transport

railway

car

airplane

sum

person-km/yr

13,125

20,000

1100

4000

38,225

kWh/km

0.2

0.2

0.6

0.89

0.28

KW/yr

2625

4000

660

3552

10,837

% of renewable energy

10%

10%

0%

0%

6%

Source: Michael Stohr