Transitions to Low Carbon Transport Futures. Strategic Conversations from London and Delhi
R Hickman, Halcrow Group and Oxford University, UK; O Ashiru, Takedo International and Halcrow Group, UK; D Banister, Oxford University, UK
Climate change is a global problem and across the world the transport sector is finding it difficult to break projected rising trends in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This paper reports on two studies carried out by the authors in London (UK) and Delhi (India). It considers the common objectives for transport CO2 reduction, but the very different contexts and baselines.
Different packages of measures are selected and scenarios developed for each context which are consistent with contraction and convergence objectives. CO2 reduction potentials are quantified. London is considering deep tonne per person reductions on current transport CO2 emission levels; Delhi is seeking to break the huge projected rise in transport CO2 emissions.
The scale of policy intervention required to achieve these goals is not yet being appreciated by policy makers and there is certainly little public discussion of the future lifestyle changes required. The paper argues for a ?strategic conversation? at the city level ? discussing the priorities for intervention in delivering low carbon transport futures. The conclusions made are that a greater focus is required in developing participatory approaches to decision making. Only then will a wider awareness and ownership of potential carbon efficient transport futures improve.
Association for European Transport