How can e-cargo bikes decarbonise urban freight?

e-cargo bikes report

by Dr Luke Blazejewski and Dr Graeme Sherriff Project summary Funded by the DecarboN8, this study aimed to understand the potential of e-cargo bikes in the transition to low carbon cities. Through interviews and focus groups with people involved with and interested in e-cargo bikes, we investigated the current and potential uptake of this technology across different … Read more

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

Six ways for Government to make a serious shift to net-zero transport

Bus and cyclists

By Jillian Anable and Greg Marsden This post originally appeared on CREDS This week the Department for Transport (DfT) is expected to publish its long-awaited Transport Decarbonisation Plan. It will detail the steps needed to bring the UK transport sector in line with climate change legislation. The absence of such a plan has contributed to transport … 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

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

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

A New Green Shovel? Options for the transport stimulus package

By Jillian Anable, Greg Marsden, and Iain Docherty This post originally appeared on CREDS As we begin the difficult transition out of lockdown, attention is already turning to what kind of stimulus package will be required to ‘reboot’ the economy. It will not be long before lists of ‘shovel ready’ schemes will be asked for … Read more