Sharing information on bus transport systems is made easier thanks to new database

The International Energy Agency has helped create a database that will act as a one-stop-shop for researchers, planners, and policymakers to source information and data on Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) systems, such as the costs of such systems in different countries, which until now has not been possible.

This database, which will be launched in February 2012, is the first globally encompassing effort to map out BRT Systems around the world and will include a web portal, which is publicly available for anyone wishing to access information about BRT data. 

San Francisco and Medellin Win 2012 Sustainable Transport Award

San Francisco, USA and Medellin, Colombia are being honored today as the winners of the 8th annual Sustainable Transport Award. This year’s slate of nominees is unique in that all four cities showcase a breadth of interventions that put citizens first.  Each city is also a leader in embracing social media and online technologies to reach out to those citizens, giving a better more informative and convenient service.
 

Guest Article #0: ICAO En-Route to Sustainability

Although air transport currently represents only 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions, traffic is expected to increase at an annual average rate of 4.5% over the next 20 years, which will put tremendous pressure on the sector to find ways to maintain and ultimately reduce its impact on climate change.

SLoCaT Partnership push to achieve sustainable transport enabling universal access to safe, clean, and affordable mobility

On October 30th the world welcomed Danica May Camacho as the world’s 7th billion inhabitant. She joined the world in Manila, one of the fastest growing megacities in the world. Manila typifies in many respects what is wrong with transport in developing countries. Streets that are choked with cars, motorcycles and other vehicles that make it unsafe for children like Danica to breathe the air or cross the streets.

Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system

The European Commission adopted a roadmap of 40 concrete initiatives for the next decade to build a competitive transport system that will increase mobility, remove major barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment. At the same time, the proposals will dramatically reduce Europe’s dependence on imported oil and cut carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050.

By 2050, key goals will include:

Advancing Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport through the GEF, an advisory document

GEF, being a major multilateral agency and being an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the UNFCCC, has a critical role to play in promoting interventions aimed at reducing GHG emissions. In this context STAP initiated a study to provide information and guidance on options for advancing sustainable low-carbon transport during GEF-5. The report was prepared by Holger Dalkmann (TRL) and Cornie Huizenga (SLoCaT).

SLoCaT and Bridging the Gap recommend on COP16 outcome

The Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport and the Bridging the Gap Initiative today published recommendations to parties on the outcome of COP16 in Cancun. The aim is to describe needs to the parties of the UNFCCC from the perspective of achieving sustainable transport in developing countries. The paper will be distributed in the next days to delegates.