Sustainable Mobility the Chinese way

Within mobility, China has become the world’s largest market for electric vehicles, shared bicycles, high-speed trains and other important parts of the drive towards sustainability. In many of these areas, it is also the world’s largest producer, proving that a strong home market is great for business. Let’s not kid ourselves, the Chinese are not doing this for the climate.

China has the world’s largest emissions of greenhouse gases, the biggest market for passenger cars, the most rapid growth in bicycle-sharing and the toughest targets for electromobility. It combines a state-controlled system with market incentives, linking overarching long-term targets with continuous legislative updates and revisions of incentives.

There is much to learn and be inspired by from China’s move to electromobility, shared bicycles, high-speed trains and many other areas. All of this may also serve as basis for cooperation: Europe’s similar targets and ambitions, as well as industrial know-how and leading research makes us an ideal partner, strengthened by the fact that many European industries are now partially or wholly owned by Chinese interests.

The purpose of this publication is to give a better understanding of China’s work for sustainable mobility, as well as the underlying motives for the country’s development in this area. It’s written for policymakers, academia and businesses, as inspiration within the area of sustainable mobility, but also with the aim to give a critical and balanced perspective. Our aim is further cooperation with China when it is appropriate, and competition when it is advantageous


Do you wish to know more about the publication, our work at Fores or the climate area, please contact

Mette Kahlin McVeigh
Climate programme Director