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The Journey of the Green Bus

By Editor on 24th February 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

The Journey of the Green Bus, a new report by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), commissioned by Greener Journeys, describes the important contribution the development of cleaner, low-emission buses has made to the reduction of greenhouse gases from the road transport sector and in particular to roadside nitrous oxide pollution. 

The European Environment Agency has produced a non-technical guide summarising the current knowledge on vehicle emissions in Europe, explaining how they are monitored and the common technologies used to limit them.  It describes how vehicle emissions are measured according to EU legislation; the reasons for the differences observed in certain pollutants between emissions monitored according to legislative tests and real-world driving emissions, and the key policy implications of such differences.

This recent TERM (Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism) report by the European Environment Agency takes a retrospective look at Europe’s transport sector, highlighting past key developments in Europe’s overall policy framework for reducing the environmental aspects of transport and summarising key environmental trends with a view to identifying improvements and barriers to the environmental performance of the transport sector.

Sustainable Transport: Will it ever really count?

By Editor on 2nd December 2015
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 16:00 to 17:15

Leeds University, Leeds, UK

This latest in the programme of sustainability seminars, hosted by the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds, is presented by Professor Greg Marsden, Institute for Transport Studies, who will introduce some of the key concepts and messages from a five-year international collaboration exploring the development and delivery of ‘sustainable transport’ and reflect on the changing framing of sustainability and, therefore, sustainable transportation.

This resource provides a global reference guide to help cities save lives from traffic fatalities through improved street design and smart urban development. Over 1.2 million people die in traffic crashes globally, mostly pedestrians, and that number is growing every year. This hands-on guide aimed at planners and policy-makers takes examples from cities worldwide and includes 34 different design elements to improve safety and quality of life.

The EU-funded SOLUTIONS (Sharing Opportunities for Low carbon Urban transporTatION) project brings together a wealth of experience and technical knowledge from international organisations, consultants, cities, and experts involved in transport issues and solutions.

A recent study exploring attitudes towards congestion charging has found that public opposition is reduced when revenues are spent on environmental improvements. Researchers used a combined approach including qualitative and quantitative data collection to determine the factors that affected acceptability of congestion charges in a medium-sized city in Spain. Results showed a strong objection to the idea of congestion charging, largely based on a lack of transparency on how the collected money is spent.

This report analyses the reasons for and solutions to air pollution caused by diesel machines and cars. It analyses the scale of the problem in Europe, including how major car manufacturers are selling diesel cars that fail to meet EU air pollution limits on the road. As a consequence of this and emissions from diesel machines, much urban air in Europe is not fit to breathe.

This paper explores the opportunity for behavioural or demand side orientated measures (e.g modal shift) to play an important role in low carbon transitions of the transport system. For the first time, endogenous mode choice is integrated into a whole energy systems model, ESME, by representing mode speed, travel time budgets, infrastructure costs, and maximum rates of modal shift.

This new book by John Whitelegg at the Stockholm Environment Institute sets out a rationale for a transformation of the mobility landscape and argues that sustainable transport options simply cannot thrive in a world that remains wedded to more mobility and the manifestations of that cultural and political bias (subsidy, infrastructure and a lack of attention to death, injury, air pollution, climate change and social justice).

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