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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

Moving EVs beyond automobility culture

traffic jam

By Professor Monika Büscher and Dr Nicola Spurling Electric Vehicles (EVs) which mimic the current car-based system, are not the answer to the epochal challenge of decarbonising transport. In his mobility justice critique of EV, Henderson[i] highlights three reasons for this: EVs perpetuate a broken car-based mobility system. They actively detract from, or even physically displace, compact … Read more

Smart charging needed to support phase out of petrol and diesel cars

EV charging

By Professor Hongjian Sun On UK roads in 2019, cars and vans were driven 333.7 billion miles[i] by burning petrol and diesel. This distance is equivalent to about 1,800 round-trips between the Earth and the Sun. This generated a massive amount of carbon emissions and air pollution. Banning sales of new petrol and diesel cars … 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

Government meets with top scientists to discuss net-zero options for UK transport

[Press Release: 30 September 2020] Officials responsible for decarbonising UK transport met with leading researchers from the Cut Carbon Network yesterday, to discuss cutting-edge evidence about how best to deliver the transition to net-zero in the transport sector. While most sectors have reduced their carbon emissions in recent years, emissions from transport have remained stubbornly … 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