Why the world needs to decarbonise transport now

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The world depends on transportation by land, sea and air. However, it faces some of our most pressing economic, environmental and social development challenges.

Moving people and goods accounts for one-quarter of global energy use, and the demand for energy from this sector continues to grow. This is mainly due to the increasing number and size of vehicles on our roads: there are currently over 1.42 billion in use, with two billion expected to grow by 2040. Road vehicles, which are still powered by fossil fuels, account for about 75 percent. Total transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.


Emissions from aviation and shipping are also projected to move upward between now and 2050. Flight contributes 12 percent of the world’s total carbon dioxide emissions, while the maritime sector, if it were a country, would rank sixth between Germany and Japan. Largest source.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has demanded that action must be taken to curb emissions. Industry must increase the rate at which it develops new technologies needed to decarbonize every sector of the economy, while lobbying governments to support the introduction of these technologies.

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The transport sector has an important role to play if the zero-zero ambition is to be achieved by 2050. Without aggressive and sustained reduction policies, transportation emissions could grow at a faster rate than in other sectors. This would threaten the 2015 Paris Agreement goal of keeping global temperature rise below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels.

The challenge is clear: the deadline for action is shrinking.

Reducing transport emissions requires the development of low-emission alternative fuel sources, including advanced biofuels, electricity, hydrogen and renewable synthetic fuels; investment in the electrification of transport systems; and promoting clean modes of transport, including public transport and bicycles.

Ricardo, a global environmental, engineering and strategic consulting company, operates uniquely at the crossroads between environment, energy and transportation. The company’s expertise in policy, strategy and technology innovation is trusted by organizations around the world seeking solutions to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The company is doing substantial work in making transportation carbon-free by land, sea and air. “We are delighted to make a difference and support innovation and implementation,” says Sujit Kollamathodi, Ricardo’s Director of Strategy and Innovation. ‘From hydrogen-powered planes to solar-powered trains, we are focused on creating solutions that enable mobility to grow and support economic aspirations, while recognizing it as fundamentally different. It has to be done differently if we are to limit the effects of climate change.

We may not be able to completely reverse the effects of the fossil fuel era in our lifetime. But with sustainable mobility solutions, we can correct the course of environmental change and improve the quality of life for the next generation.

originally published on business reporter

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