Eurist – Who are we

European Institute for Sustainable Transport

The European Institute for Sustainable Transport (EURIST) is an organization dedicated to promoting the ecological, social, and economic sustainability of transport and mobility worldwide. Our work focuses on the relationship between transport and CO2 emission reduction, transport and the Millennium Development Goals, poverty alleviation, environmental protection, road safety, and freight transport.

EURIST is based in Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city and economic hub for northern Europe. We work with an extensive network of national and international partners to achieve these goals.

What we do

As a Centre of Competence for Sustainable Transport we transfer best practice to cities, local and regional governments. We provide project assistance, capacity building, lectures and seminars on different areas in passenger and freight transport.


The Problem

Most cities or regions receiving international assistance to make their transport systems more sustainable are often focused on technological solutions and do not have a holistic long-term policy.

Our Strategy

The Avoid-shift-improve strategy aims on a combination of non technological and technological solutions in a tailormade package for a specific geographical, cultural and social context.

The Challenge

The development of sustainable transport and mobility systems in an increasingly urbanised world will become one of the most challenging global issues of the future.

Developing and promoting e-mobility is a great oppertunity to tackle the mobility problems in Africa and improve the global climate. To this end, we have developed the „African e-bike“ in close cooperation with various partners

Our biggest Project: Africrooze

AfricroozE bikes are typically financed by users through microloans, aiming to reach even the poorer segments of the population. The donations collected through EURIST enable AfricroozE to provide e-bikes to even the poorest communities and individuals.

Learn more about AfricroozE Bikes



Prof. Kurt Bodewig
former German Transport Minister

“Especially EURIST´s focus on public transport and the increased use of the bicycle in urban mobility are important to me. Due to my experience as a former Transport Minister I strongly support an increase of safe walking and cycling and the use of public transport.“