Transport and mobility choices in 2050

Potter, Stephen (2012). Transport and mobility choices in 2050. In: Herring, Horace ed. Living in a Low Carbon Society in 2050. Energy, Climate and Environment. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 60–74.



Transport is possibly the most problematic area with regard to achieving a low carbon society. It is the UK’s fastest-growing source of CO2emissions, with domestic transport contributing 27.5 per cent of the UK CO2 emissions. This chapter shows that transport policies at the local, national and international level need to blend technical improvements to vehicles with modal shift and also reduce the growth in journey lengths. Transport’s environmental challenge is of such a magnitude that, unless substantial progress is made on all these fronts, we will inevitably fail to get on track for transport sustainability.

The key to transport sustainability may lie in finding alliances with social and economic trends towards the information society leading to the reinvention of how access is achieved. This has major implications for the nature of transport planning, which needs to shift towards a focus on service development, delivery and social marking. Indeed very concept of transport planning may cease to have much meaning in a low carbon society.

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