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

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

Covid-19: Other mobilities are (im)possible

Monika Büscher, Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University Other mobilities are possible. But will a systemic shock engender systemic change? Covid-19 (aka Coronavirus) has shut down air travel and the global economy, and incited a mass-move online to work, meet, and socialise. When the catastrophe is over, will some of the lessons, values, and new … Read more