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Rupprecht Consult – Forschung & Beratung GmbH



About Rupprecht Consult – Forschung & Beratung GmbH

Rupprecht Consult – Forschung & Beratung GmbH is a fully independent private research and consultancy company, based in Cologne since 1996.

Our mission is to contribute to sustainable development of cities and regions in Europe and worldwide, by developing innovative ideas in cooperation with other stakeholders, and by implementing concepts through concrete projects. Our thematic focus is on sustainability in the areas of:

  • collective and intelligent mobility
  • people-focussed mobility solutions
  • integrated planning

Our perspective is interdisciplinary and international. In response to global challenges we help to develop people-centred solutions, able to meet local needs in practice.

We deliver quality services in project development and management, evaluation and assessment, good practice identification and take-up, dissemination of results, capacity building, and project monitoring. Our multidisciplinary team of experienced consultants has qualifications in economics, social sciences, geography, spatial planning, environment, technology and public relations. All employees have international work experience and are fluent in several languages.

Our extensive network of partners and customers includes major international and European organisations, authorities on all levels of government (local, regional and national), user networks and non-government organisations, service operators and commercial companies from various sectors, as well as academic and research institutions.


Location: Cologne, Germany

SLoCaT Focal Person:

Siegfried Rupprecht, Phone: +49 221 60 60 55-0, Email: s.rupprecht[at]

Programs & Projects on Transport & Climate Change


The LOW-CARB project aims to enhance capacities for integrated low-carbon mobility planning for functional urban areas in Central Europe countries by tackling burning issues such as integrated coordination, institutional cooperation and action plan implementation including joint financing and public investments in low-carbon mobility systems in times of austerity. LOW-CARB puts low-carbon public transport (PT) organisation at its centre to reduce GHG emissions, with new combined mobility offers like bike sharing and PT or multimodal information services.

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SUMP (part of Eltisplus)

A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) is a way of tackling transport-related problems in urban areas more efficiently (both for goods and passengers). Building on existing practices and regulatory frameworks in the EU Member States, its basic characteristics are:

  • A participatory approach
  • A pledge to sustainability
  • An integrated approach
  • A clear vision, objectives and measurable targets
  • A review of transport costs and benefits

Rupprecht Consult’s work in the area of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans was part of the Eltisplus Project that was in charge of the European Local Transport Information System (ELTIS), the number one transport portal in Europe.

The specific goals of the work on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (as part of the Eltisplus Project) were to raise awareness on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans and to provide guidance and training materials for urban mobility professionals all over Europe. Rupprecht Consult coordinated the SUMP knowledge consolidation and promotion/training activities of a 13-partner consortium.

The most important outputs of the project were the “SUMP Guidelines – Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan” and the “SUMP Report on the State-of-the-Art of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Europe”. The SUMP guidelines are available in several languages (see section “download reports” below).

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The ELIPTIC project (Electrification of public transport in cities) addresses the topic of transforming the use of conventionally fuelled vehicles in urban areas and aims at analysing the potentials for upgrading and/or regenerating electric public transport systems (i.e. trolleybus, tram, light rail and metro) while ensuring the safe integration of electric vehicles into infrastructure, in line with the trend towards electromobility.

The main objectives of ELIPTIC are:

  • Safe integration of ebuses into existing electric PT infrastructure:
  • Upgrading and/or regenerating electric public transport systems (flywheel, reversible substations)
  • Multi-purpose use of electric public transport infrastructure: safe (re)charging of non-public transport vehicles (pedelecs, electric cars/ taxis, utility trucks)

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The goal of the FLOW project is to put walking and cycling on an equal footing with motorised modes of transport when it comes to the ability to reduce urban congestion. In order to achieve this, FLOW has made improvements to existing transport modelling tools and developed an impact assessment tool, which assesses the impact of walking and cycling activities on urban transport network performance (i.e. congestion) as well as on other socio-economic factors.

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The FUTURE-RADAR project is supporting the European Technology Platform ERTRAC (the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) and the European Green Vehicle Initiative PPP to create and implement the needed research and innovation strategies for a sustainable and competitive European road transport System.

FUTURE-RADAR is also facilitating exchange between cities in Europe, Asia and Latin America on urban electric mobility solutions. Rupprecht Consult is responsible for capacity building of local stakeholders through e-learning activities such as webinars and e-courses.

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This project coordinates and supports the efforts of the current and upcoming projects of the CIVITAS Initiative (, the European Commission’s flagship initiative on sustainable urban mobility. CIVITAS is a network of cities for cities dedicated to cleaner, better transport in Europe and beyond. Since its launch in 2002, the CIVITAS Initiative has tested and implemented over 800 measures and urban transport solutions as part of demonstration projects in more than 80 cities.

CIVITAS SATELLITE aims to help cities gain better access to innovative solutions to properly address transport challenges they are facing. Cities, as the closest link to citizens, are the focal point of SATELLITE’s efforts, with an emphasis on international cooperation as an essential aspect for cities to function as “activity hubs” in the global economy. Cross-project coordination, exchange mechanisms and capacity-building provide cities with access to the latest innovations resulting from European urban mobility research, as well as helping city practitioners to gain the necessary skills to apply innovations in their local contexts. Additional exchange activities and community building, where cities can learn from their peers, lays the foundation for these solutions to be applied in practice.

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The CIVITAS CAPITAL project capitalised systematically on the results of CIVITAS and created an effective “value chain” for urban mobility Innovation. CAPITAL initiated and supported a mainstreaming process of CIVITAS principles based on a strengthened community of stakeholders. CAPITAL helped CIVITAS to build the bridge towards a more advanced identity within Horizon 2020. It helped to create a more structured link with large-scale deployment in support of the EC’s Transport White Paper goals.

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The overall mission of the SOLUTIONS project was to support the uptake of innovative sustainable urban mobility solutions in Europe and other regions in the world. The project addressed a variety of regions, i.e. the Mediterranean, Asia (in particular China and Singapore) and Latin America.

SOLUTIONS brought together some of the leading experts and city networks from these regions, aiming to foster knowledge exchange and boost the uptake of innovative sustainable urban mobility solutions through the further exploitation of existing knowledge, focusing primarily on policy and the assessment of implementation processes.

Building upon previous experience in Europe, China, Singapore and Latin America, as well as the experience gained during the various phases of this project, the SOLUTIONS transferability guidelines aimed to bring about detailed steps towards the uptake of innovative sustainable urban mobility solutions and technologies in Europe and beyond.

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SUMPs-Up is the European Programme for accelerating the take up of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. An experienced consortium of public and private organisations, including four major city networks and seven front-runner cities will review, strengthen and integrate existing resources, designing a support system to assist cities to develop high quality SUMPs.

The leading objective for SUMPs-Up is to enable mobility planning authorities across Europe to embrace SUMP as the European-wide strategic planning approach, especially in countries where the take-up is low and the negative effects of transport are severe. To meet this goal, SUMPs-Up provides a comprehensive programme for accelerating the take-up of SUMPs.

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The CH4LLENGE project addressed the four most pressing challenges in developing and implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) and developed innovative and transferable solutions in the areas of:

  • Stakeholder participation and citizen involvement
  • Institutional cooperation between sectors and disciplines
  • Identification of the most effective policy measures
  • Monitoring and evaluation of progress in SUMP development

In twelve ambitious pilot schemes, CH4LLENGE partner cities successfully tested solutions to overcoming these challenges. In order to promote the SUMP concept and facilitate its take-up across Europe, CH4LLENGE’s SUMP expert team advised 26 Follower Cities on kicking-off SUMP development and progressing in existing SUMP activities. In addition, CH4LLENGE offered training on sustainable urban mobility planning to more than 700 mobility practitioners and young professionals. Based on the lessons learned from the pilot schemes, Follower Cities and training activities, CH4LLENGE developed a wide range of new SUMP knowledge resources.

Within CH4LLENGE, Rupprecht Consult also developed a SUMP Self-Assessment Tool which enables planning authorities to assess a plan’s compliance with the European Union’s SUMP concept and guidelines, both during the development of the plan and once the plan is completed.

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Mobility Academy

The Mobility Academy is Rupprecht Consult’s e-learning platform, containing e-courses developed in the context of European projects on sustainable mobility. The aim is to provide an open, friendly and flexible learning environment to help those working on sustainable urban mobility to create positive change in their own towns and cities. We do this by:

  • providing clear, concise, easy to understand information on sustainable mobility-related topics as well as links to relevant case studies, examples and other resources from across Europe and beyond
  • offering courses with a moderated forum where participants can share, exchange and learn from one another
  • building connections that can live on after a course has ended
  • helping participants look at their local context critically, identify challenges and opportunities and apply information gained through course participation

Participation in e-courses is free of charge. More information:

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