A Sustainable Transport Strategy for London: Baseline Policy and Implementation

A Sustainable Transport Strategy for London: Baseline Policy and Implementation


WILLIAMS J, University of Luton


1.1 Sustainable Systems


1.1 Sustainable Systems

Sustainability is a concept being aired in the current environmentally and socially
aware climate. It is a concept relevant within all areas of society, not least transport.
Sustainability is both an idea in its infancy and one which is perceived in a variety of
ways. A sustainable system is one in which physical and social environments are
protected to maintain or improve the quality of life for present and future generations.
The Brundtland Report (1987) suggests that a sustainable system must preserve the
physical environmentÕs ability to provide basic Òlife supportÕÕ services, such as clean
air, fresh water, fertile land, diverse and stable ecological systems and climate
regulation. A sustainable system is one which accepts that the environment places
absolute limits on some kinds of human behaviour and that the human race lives
within its environmental means.

The key requirements for a sustainable system include the following:

* A reduction in energy and resource consumption

* Minimisation of waste production and emissions

* The protection of the diversity and variety of life

* Equity within present society

1.2 Criteria for Sustainable Transport Systems

The criteria for sustainable transport systems were outlined in the ÒDraft Guide:
Advice on Strategic Planning Guidance for LondonÓ ( 1993), produced by the London
Planning Advisory Committee. The criteria included:

* The need to reduce emissions from all modes of transport

* The need to protect species and natural habitats

* The need to provide an environmentally friendly transport system which is
accessible to all people


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