Election 2021: How local authorities can decarbonise transport and support a green recovery

Elections took place across the UK on Thursday 6th May. The policies supported by those elected will be key in determining whether the UK delivers on its climate commitments. This is especially true when it comes to transport, as local authorities have considerable influence in shaping the transport options in their communities. Last year we … 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

“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

If not now, when? Road space reallocation and climate smart recovery

five people waiting to cross a street attempting to stand 6 feet apart

by Dr Kadambari Lokesh The Covid-19 “lockdown” restrictions have had a profound effect on travel. Car-based commutes have dropped by about 60-70%. Air quality in our major cities has never been better. However, there are some critical decisions to be taken quickly about how the gradual easing of social distancing is managed. Nowhere is this … Read more