Greener Transport Solutions assembles thought leadership and insight on how to decarbonise the sector.  We regularly post news and blogs and we welcome guest blogs from the Transport Knowledge Hub community.  We run national workshops and regional events to encourage best practice.

The Green Road Ahead?

Greener Transport Solutions logo Published on: 14th January 2021 by Stuart Thomson.

The role of transport in the delivery of the climate change agenda is fundamental. The Government has made a series of high-profile announcements, not least bringing forward the date for ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030.  But detail on delivery is lacking and that is what makes the…

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A fair transition in transport

Greener Transport Solutions logo Published on: 21st December 2020 by Tim Anderson.

Ambitious decarbonisation targets are now set in stone, with net zero by 2050 ingrained in our consciousness, along with the more challenging target of 2030 for the ban of new petrol and diesel car sales. These targets give us something to work towards and highlight that the UK is leading the way on setting ambitious…

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To find the best route to net zero, ask directions

Greener Transport Solutions logo Published on: 14th December 2020 by Lilian Greenwood.

If the UK Government is serious about wanting to deliver its own legally binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, the public’s acceptance and engagement with the need for behaviour change is absolutely vital. Step forward, Climate Assembly UK – a ground-breaking initiative for Parliament in which six select committees…

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We need to stop building roads just for cars

Greener Transport Solutions logo Published on: 8th December 2020 by Lord Randall.

In 2019, Essex County Council didn’t declare a climate emergency, the Authority instead went further by committing to a significant and sustained programme of climate action. The first step of this was to establish the independent Essex Climate Action Commission and invite academics, industry experts and business representatives to join.  I have the privilege of…

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Urban mobility arrives at its own crossroads

Greener Transport Solutions logo Published on: 7th December 2020 by Simon Dixon and Justine Bornstein.

Against the backdrop of the pandemic, rumours of the death of public transport have been greatly exaggerated (with apologies to Mark Twain). Yes, urban transport planners and operators are currently facing some of their biggest challenges ever: rising costs, legacy infrastructure and ever-decreasing passenger numbers. Personally, I am keen to get back to regular commuting…

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The end of the ‘ICE age’ is upon us

Greener Transport Solutions logo Published on: 4th December 2020 by Neil Wallis.

So, the starting gun has been fired and 2030 is the deadline for phasing out cars and vans with a standard internal combustion engine (ICE). This extraordinary invention, an increasingly dominant feature of all our lives since the late 19th Century will soon be consigned to our industrial history (at least in lighter vehicles). This…

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Greening the EV Transition

Greener Transport Solutions logo Published on: 2nd December 2020 by Greg Marsden.

The end of the sale of internal combustion engine cars has been brought forward to 2030. This must be greeted with enthusiasm. It’s a big step and I am glad the government has done this. However, if this is to play its part in a Paris-compliant pathway to zero emissions, this can only be the…

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Levelling up to zero carbon

Greener Transport Solutions logo Published on: 30th November 2020 by Jim Steer.

It all come out last week. A Budget (understandably set for one year only); a National Infrastructure Strategy (Government’s formal response to the National Infrastructure Commission’s advice from 2018); and a review of HM Treasury’s Green Book. Each of them has great significance to the transport sector, and each contains revealing insights into the post…

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SUPERPOWER

Greener Transport Solutions logo Published on: 27th November 2020 by Keith Moverley.

I am a lifelong rail engineer, not a philosopher yet during these COVID times with more time to read, write and philosophise, I was drawn to a recent statement made by Bill Gates who summed up my thinking — “COVID-19 is awful. Climate change could be worse.”  Despite the warning signs, progress on climate change has,…

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Sustainable Congestion-Busting Alternatives to a new M4 Motorway in South East Wales

Greener Transport Solutions logo Published on: 26th November 2020 by Lord Burns.

South East Wales is home to some of the most populated areas of Wales, including the capital Cardiff and the city of Newport.  It has long suffered from an acute congestion problem on the M4 motorway. The independent South East Wales Transport Commission was set up in 2019 by Wales’ First Minister, Mark Drakeford, following…

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An idea whose time has come

Greener Transport Solutions logo Published on: 24th November 2020 by Claire Haigh.

Centrepiece of the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for a “green industrial revolution” was the announcement on ending sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030. Let’s not underestimate how significant this is as a statement of UK intent and a signal to the rest of the world.  The PM had been…

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