Strategies that Work:  Transportation

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Overview

Transportation accounts for approximately 25% of CO2 emissions, and 14% of greenhouse gas emissions globally.

 

Emissions result directly from the modes we use to transport ourselves and goods -- whether via foot, bicycle, car, bus, train, plane, ship or other.  To reduce emissions, we can address the mechanical fleets themselves, by retrofitting existing fleets, choosing less polluting fuels, and buying zero-emission vehicles. We can also reduce emissions by making different choices, such as reducing our travel, and/or combining our travel with other people or activities.  Do we need to fly to a meeting or would it be equally effective to have a video call?  Can we provide incentives to workers to carpool and take public transit? 

 

In this track, we will explore how our active evaluation and behavior choices, combined with support for transportation modes that move us towards zero emissions, can reduce organizational greenhouse gas contributions and support a healthier transportation sector.

Big Opportunities

  • Existing Fleets: Convert to low-carbon fuels, and/or add filters that reduce pollution by 90%+

  • New Vehicles: Purchase no-carbon vehicles, such as electric vehicles (EVs)

  • People and Practices: Change mobility routines to reduce greenhouse gases and increase quality of life

  • Supply Chain: Explore reductions of emissions from movement of materials across your organization's circular value chain

  • Policies: Advocate for policies supporting greater vehicle efficiency, R&D, infrastructure, incentives, greening the grid, with attention to environmental justice, inclusion and equity

Explore: Readings

Transport sector CO2 emissions by mode in the Sust Development Scenario
Learning Tool
Examples of US City and State Climate Action Plans
Web Resource
Fully Electrifying Delivery Vehicles
Report
EU Climate Action on Transp. Emissions
Website Resources
Electric Vehicle Podcast
Podcast
Energy Transitions Commission on Transp.
Website Resources
Project Drawdown on Transportation
Website Resources
UN Environment Program on Transportation
Website Resources
AR5 CLIMATE CHANGE 2014: MITIGATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Report
The Future of Urban Transport
Podcast
Outrage and Optimism: The Future of Shipping
Podcast
UN SDGs in Sustainable Transport
Website Resources
The Help-Yourself City
Podcast
Going Electric with a Light Commercial Vehicle Fleet
Report
Lessons in Electrifying Your Fleet
Article
Electric vehicles
Additional Reading
The Future of Fuels
Podcast
Lighting the Path to Net Zero
Additional Reading
Climate Disclosure Project
Learning Tool
Sustainability Trends In the Automotive Industry
Podcast
Hydrogen in North-Western Europe
Report
The Carbon Footprint of Global Trade
Report
US Dept of Transportation VOLPE Center
Website Resources
US DoE - Alternative Fuels Data Center
The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) provides a wealth of information and data on alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, fuel-saving strategies, and emerging transportation technologies. This site features interactive tools, calculators, and mapping applications to aid in the implementation of these fuels, vehicles, and strategies.
Learning Tool
Joint Policy Proposal to Accelerate the Deployment of Sustainable Aviation
Report

Explore: Media