Ramboll’s Director of Infrastructure and Regeneration, Chris Fry, who was a panellist at the Aldersgate event said, “In the UK, we have a necessity to overhaul our infrastructure system, modernising homes and transport while re-wiring all our energy systems.

If approached in an integrated way, we can have decarbonisation coming through naturally.”

There has however been little change in the level of GHGs (greenhouse gas emissions) from the transport sector since the nineties, with transport now the UK’s largest emitting sector, accounting for 28% of GHG emissions.

A smart, sustainable and decarbonised transport network is a prerequisite for supporting modern life as mobility plays a crucial role in social cohesion, economic development and public health – with poor air quality now posing a significant health risk to many in the UK. Urgent action is needed.

Shifting transport emissions

The panel session coincided with the launch of Aldersgate’s report Shifting Transport Emissions into Reverse Gear and featured representatives and information from John Lewis Partnership, Johnson Matthey, Michelin Tyres, Siemens, Tesco and Ramboll, and explored ways in which policies can help reduce emissions within the UK transport system.

During an interesting debate, a range of themes were discussed including the major issues concerning decarbonising long-distance road freight, the lack of clear policy around emerging technologies and the ways in which rail infrastructure needs to improve to make rail freight more efficient.

An integrated approach to decarbonisation

Adlersgate’s report sets out key policies needed to deliver deep cuts in surface transport emissions and calls for an integrated system approach to decarbonising transport. It argues that improving the overall efficiency of the transport system is as important as investing in new technologies and infrastructure.

Featured within the report are two Ramboll case-studies reflecting our work to create connected and sustainable societies. This first is our work as consultant for the overall construction of Nordhavnen, a sustainable city in Copenhagen. The size of 625 football grounds, this ‘5-minute city’ has been designed with the premise that you are never more than five minutes away from essential facilities, and plans are in place to extend the development to inhabit 40,000 people within the next 50 years.

The second case study relates to Ramboll’s role in the planning phase of Whim, a subscription service billed as the ‘Netflix of transportation’, which provides users with a single access point to different travel options across a city, including bus, urban rail, car hire, taxis and cycle hire, through a smartphone app.

About the report, Fry commented: “Ramboll welcomes the integrated approach outlined in this new report, which will enable a step change in transport decarbonisation, unleash opportunities in the clean growth economy and help to create liveable places. It is by combining new technologies with a people-centric approach - for example in the design of Nordhaven (Copenhagen) as a carbon neutral, ‘5-minute city’ that we can develop effective and feasible solutions to decarbonising. This makes it an incredibly exciting time to be in the sector.”

Further information

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