Moving EVs beyond automobility culture

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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

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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

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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

DecarboN8 Covid-19 impact survey results in full

by Richard Walker Last month DecarboN8 surveyed our network members. We asked what you would like DecarboN8 to focus on and how you would like to interact with us during the coronavirus lockdown. We are now making those survey results available in full. 63 network members responded, and provided valuable feedback. The message we took … Read more

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

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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