New Research Reveals the Hidden Cost of Transport Infrastructure

Everything counts press release

[Press Release: 24 February 2022] New research from DecarboN8 shows that transport’s carbon problem stems not only from tailpipe emissions but also from the construction, maintenance and operation of roads and railways themselves. All transport infrastructure generates carbon emissions in its construction, maintenance and operation. This hidden carbon cost, known as embodied emissions, can be … 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

“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

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

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