Decarbonisation Island Discs: a playlist critique of the Transport Decarbonisation Plan

bike leaning against a palm tree by the sea

by Greg Marsden I was really pleased to see the Transport Decarbonisation Plan released on Wednesday 14th July. In 2008 the UK government set out an 80% commitment to CO2 reduction with no plan for transport. The result – no change in emissions. There are of course shortcomings and key questions which are unresolved (how … Read more

DecarboN8 funds five new research projects

Map of round 2 Seedcorn projects

Five fantastic new research projects have been awarded funding via our recent EPSRC DecarboN8 Network Plus seedcorn funding call and sandpit. Applicants worked with partners from different sectors to co-design research projects which responded directly to real-world transport decarbonisation challenges in the North of England, building in local knowledge and resources. We received a large … Read more

Work from home if you can: the carbon impact of reduced commuter journeys in different places in the UK

by Kadambari Lokesh Commuter journeys make up 15% of all journeys in the UK, the second-highest, next to shopping. DecarboN8’s ‘COVID-19 and travel patterns’ research team has published findings on how the Covid-19 travel restrictions effected commuting and carbon emissions in 2020. The study asks: What impact did the COVID-19 “work from home if you … Read more

New video: Will electric cars stop the climate emergency?

To celebrate Earth Day we are launching a short video which asks, ‘Will electric cars stop the climate emergency?’ DecarboN8 researchers recently posted a series of responses to the UK’s ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2030, our new video summarises these points in just over 2 minutes and is … Read more

“Is this new road OK? It’s only a bit more carbon…” A guide to carbon budgets and new infrastructure development

slow down sign on scaffolding

By Professor Greg Marsden The choices are simple, it’s the answers that some organisations don’t like. This article is a very short and simple guide to explain the impacts of carbon budgets on new infrastructure development. I apply it to roads, but you can also use it to think about new airports, terminals or, indeed, … Read more

Stick, Twist or Fold? Reflections on a year of Covid-19 travel adaptations

14% fewer trips if people continue working from home 2 days a week

by Professor Greg Marsden It feels long overdue to get out and meet friends, to hug family members and to go and see what state my coffee cup is in back in my office. When we think about what an opened-up economy looks like, everyone will have their own take on what this means for … Read more

THE SOLUTION IS THE PROBLEM: a response to the UK Prime Minister’s plan to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030

traffic jam in Ipswitch

By Kevin Anderson & Dan Calverley This post originally appeared in The Ecologist The Prime Minister this week announced a ‘10-point plan’ for a ‘green industrial revolution’, intended to create jobs and make ‘strides towards net zero by 2050’. Decarbonising road transport features heavily, with measures to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars … Read more

From motorway city to active travel city

By Paul Chatterton This post originally appeared in Medium Some reflections on how to build a safe, sustainable future In this article I reflect on one of the defining issues of our age — how we move around our towns and cities in a way that can support wellbeing, reduce inequality, improve quality of life … Read more