Six Environmental Transport Policy Papers You Should Read

The International Transport Forum, an intergovernmental organisation with 57 member countries that looks to foster a deeper understanding of the role of transport in economic growth, environmental sustainability and social inclusion has released six concise analyses on critical issues for decarbonising transport for the COP21 climate change conference that took place in Paris.

The 6 papers are

  • A New Paradigm for Urban Mobility: How Fleets of Shared Vehicles Can End the Car Dependency of Cities
  • Low-Carbon Mobility for Mega Cities: What Different Policies Mean for Urban Transport Emissions in China and India
  • The Carbon Footprint of Global Trade: Tackling Emissions from International Freight Transport
  • Reducing CO2 Emissions from International Aviation: Policy Options to 2050
  • Carbon Valuation for Transport Policy: Towards a More Coherent International Approach
  • Adapting Transport Infrastructure to Climate Change: How to Protect Assets Against Increased Risks from Extreme Weather

Those from a freight background are recommended to check out The Carbon Footprint of Global Trade. Worryingly the paper predicts that CO2 emissions from global freight transport are set to increase fourfold. In 2010 they recorded 2,108 Mt of CO2 equivalent emissions produced from trade-related international freight but are predicting that by 2050 this figure will have grown to 8,132 Mt.

The paper proceeds to explain their methodology for calculating future emissions and analyses the impact predicted longer supply chains, the impact of trade liberalisation and other scenarios will have in increasing emissions related to transport and logistics activity.

The six papers can be accessed at

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