Urban Environmental Management

Sustainable Transportation


Its more about accessibility than mobility or transportation
     Sustainable transportation concerns systems, policies, and technologies. It aims for the efficient transit of goods and services, and sustainable freight and delivery systems. The design of vehicle-free city planning, along with pedestrian and bicycle friendly design of neighbourhoods is a critical aspect for grassroots activities, as are telework and teleconferencing.

   Documents and Reports

   Programmes and Initiatives

   Online Resources
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In 2001, a study was done in Montréal on the environmental impacts of housing location choices: for each household choosing to reside near the Metro instead of on the periphery of the metropolitan region, there are each year:
  • 1050 fewer automobile trips;
  • 15 000 fewer kilometers travelled by car;
  • 6000 fewer kilograms of greenhouse gases;
  • 625 more transit trips; and
  • 425 more trips on foot or by bicycle.

About 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to the transportation sector - PNAS
Buses travelling at 27 km/h on exclusive bus lanes can carry an average of 20,000 passengers - Global Urban Development
About 79.5 percent of transport-related greenhouse gas emissions come from road transport. (13% from air travel; 7% from sea travel, and 0.5% from rail transport) - Climate Action Network & Adema, 2005
JAPAN: To transport one person for one kilometer, a car emits 168 gms of carbon, an airplane 109 gms, and a train 19 gms.

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