The project METRASYS – Sustainable Mobility for Mega Cities is one of ten projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the scientific program "Research for Sustainable Development of the Mega Cities of Tomorrow – Energy and Climate Efficient Structures in Urban Growth Centres". With the topic of mobility and transportation in its focus, the project deals with one of the most exigent problems of current and future mega cities and metropolitan regions.
The METRASYS project concentrates on Hefei, the capital of Anhui Province, China. In close cooperation with the Chinese local partners, the German project partners are going to analyze the current planning processes for the city development and transportation. Regular workshops, presentations and lectures provide a platform to develop a common understanding of the current planning situation in Hefei. Furthermore, the cooperation of the Chinese and German partners will be the basis for the development of a traffic management system. The traffic management system will be one part of a sustainable planning process including the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), a method of the emission trade, for the development of sustainable mobility in Hefei.
The project has two phases with different focus: phase 1 (2006-2008) on orientation and project planning, phase 2 (2009-2013) on development and realization.
Since 2007, more than 50% of the world population is living in urban areas, and the share of urban population is likely to grow during the next decades.