A recent report from the un intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) reflect staggering data on what many government leaders, C40 mayors and business leaders already know: that climate change has reached a point that will render major cities uninhabitable if there is not collective effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions immediately.
The transport industry consumes 30% of the world’s energy, and is reported to contribute 23% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions due to the burning of fossil fuels. Road transport alone contributes 75% of total global greenhouse gas emissions, and this trend is projected to increase. While the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted this upward trend by causing drastic reduction of air and ground travel, recent forecasts predict a dramatic bounce back: passenger movement will be 3x compared to pre-COVID times, and global urbanization will approach 70% by 2050.
Transportation infrastructure in the US and the UK will experience even greater stress. It is essential that we “greenify” our transportation systems now as part of creating a low-carbon economy, and to mitigate these negative impacts and improve the quality of our communities.
This session will focus on the innovation and challenges in two key market sectors regarding improving sustainability and efficiency, and decreasing the consumption of carbon-based fuels:
- “Green” Innovation in the Rail & Transit Industry
- “Green” Innovation in the Aviation Industry