Better, Fairer, Cleaner – The Transport Decarbonisation Plan v2.0

by Greg Marsden This is the imaginary foreword to a Transport Decarbonisation Plan which addresses how we really get to zero emissions in a hurry. It is written in the style of a White Paper foreword. Where possible it builds on existing commitments in the July TDP There is a climate emergency Transport is the … Read more

Real zero in a hurry: a UK transport policy maker’s guide to climate action

bus and bike in front of Manchester station

by Greg Marsden and Richard Walker This post originally appeared on Policy Leeds Previously in this blog series for COP26, Paul Chatterton laid down the challenge for urban policy makers to “act like it’s an emergency” in their response to the IPCC’s call for “immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions”. Here Richard Walker … Read more

Feeling the climate emergency: what Covid has taught us about facing up to necessity

Climate demonstration

by Richard Walker This post originally appeared on Policy Leeds “It’s a chilling moment” — Richard Walker, on secondment from the Department for Transport to the University of Leeds, speaks of his personal realisation of the scale and speed of change needed to keep to our Paris climate commitments. Here he reflects on what we … Read more

Life course and changing travel patterns

car on the game of Life

by Greg Marsden Drive Less? Who? Me? As local and national transport authorities work through the task of what decarbonising transport in line with the UK’s commitments really means we come to one inescapable truth. It means travelling less by car. Transport Scotland has written it down as a 20% reduction in kilometres travelled by … Read more

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

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

Budget 2020 – Transport: We can’t build our way out of the climate challenge

DecarboN8 Director, Professor Greg Marsden, analyses the implications of Budget 2020 for decarbonising transport The budget is a missed opportunity to rebalance what we spend our transport funding on. Too much capital spending on road schemes will undermine the increases in spending on public transport, as will the 10th consecutive year of frozen fuel duty. … Read more