Sustainable Transportation refers to any means of transportation that is ‘green’. Greenhouse gas emissions from transport are increasing at a faster rate than any other energy-using sector. Public transport overall is generally considered to be one of the better options when it comes to reducing the negative environmental impact of urban mobility.
What is sustainable transportation?
There are a number of sustainability criteria that define sustainability. These range from the material used to make a transport device and the greenhouse gas emissions produced while a transport device is in operation. Some consider that electrical vehicles should be referred to as sustainable transportation due to the reduced reliance on fossil fuels. In the EU, a transport vehicle must provide a range of values when it comes to being sustainable. The ‘expected lifetime of the vehicle, for example, must be a factor when determining the sustainability of transport. Also, renewable resources must be used in the manufacturing of transport.
Why does sustainable transportation matter?
Transport accounts for around 17% of total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions globally. The US transport sector alone accounts for around 22% of total global CO2 emissions. Even after implementing green transportation solutions, global transport emissions will only fall by a third by 2050. This doesn’t take into account the fact that many people might start riding bicycles or shifting from fossil fuel-powered cars to electric vehicles. These options may be more sustainable in the long run. Improvements in sustainable transportation options might help to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by a further 2.1% by 2050. This equates to a further 43 million tons of CO2 emissions per year by 2050.
Public transport is one of the better options for reducing negative environmental impacts
Roads are one of the most common forms of transportation. They are used in various modes of transport such as public transport, private transport, freight transportation, passenger transport, cargo transport, etc. All these modes of transport are subject to a negative impact on the environment. Road transport is the most negative, because it involves the use of fossil fuels for the conversion of energy into mechanical energy, with the major source being fossil fuels. This requires fuel and related energy to be transported across the world. Public transport is another important, though a less negative option, as it uses fuel in its generating process. Yet there are concerns with the adequacy and reliability of public transport to cater for a large number of public transport users.
Sustainable transportation is an area of great importance because of the environmental and economic impact it has on the industry. Therefore, it is imperative that every organization seeking to meet its business goals adopt a sustainable approach to transporting its employees. Find a total cost of ownership analysis of your current business travel experience.