Climate change panel says government must move away from unclean motorised transport strategy


Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change report calls on global Governments to prioritise infrastructure for pedestrians & non-motorised road users.

Its quite a technical (and slightly boring read)  with lots of supporting data , graphs and charts to back up its assertions- but its recommendations are clear. We must make positive steps to move away from fossil fuel use – before its too late. This includes heating systems, residential and office buildings etc. Significantly motor transport received attention – with governments advised to rapidly move away from any system that encourages individualised petrol or diesel engine use (most commonly used forms of transport) in favour of local journeys by foot, bike. canal boat etc. It was recognised that infrastructure changes would be needed and these were encouraged.’s take on it…..written by Carlton Reid.

“Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issues wake up call to the world: reduce energy use, walk and cycle more.

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued a practical guide for what the world can do to reduce the impacts of climate change. Among the densely scientific recommendations are calls for Governments to reduce reliance on individualised motor transport and, instead, prioritise walking, cycling and public transport. Not only would such measures be good for the planet they would also make sound economic sense, said the panel of the world’s leading environmental scientists.

“Prioritizing infrastructure for pedestrians and integrating nonmotorized and transit services can create economic and social co‐benefits in all regions,” says the report.

Criticising roads built for motor transport the panel’s report said: “Established infrastructure may limit the options for modal shift and lead to a greater reliance on advanced vehicle technologies… For all economies, especially those with high rates of urban growth, investment in public transport systems and low‐carbon infrastructure can avoid lockin to carbon‐intensive modes.”

The report doesn’t feel electric cars are a significant part of the answer to reducing transport’s emissions because the emissions are merely displaced, not reduced.”

It was notable that one commenter to the the Bike biz site – “AV Lowe” had this t say about recent trends in car schemes :-


Notable that DHL has replaced 33 vans with 33 bikes doing same deliveries in NL saving €400,000/year.

Commuter by rail saving £1200/year by getting off early and riding last 4 Km (reducing overcrowding on last stages of journey & tube, and demand for buses)

Whilst Royal Mail has converted from using 39,000 bikes to nil bikes and a fleet of vans, TNTPost in UK is heavily using bikes along with other competitors with mail delivery licences – all using bikes. In Germany DHL DeutschePost is using 18,000 bikes, 8,000 electric assist bikes and fleets of electric vans.

A big move with massive financial savings for Councils, Corporates and Institutions would be to stop the use of the grey fleet, paying up to 65p/mile to employees for using their own cars, which (in H&S terms) are often of uncertain quality, age, and emissions standard. My own use of hire cars delivers a rate including fuel of under 30p/mile, and experience of councils switching to car share schemes is being reported by the Energy Saving Trust. Car share scheme vehicles are almost all below the low emission limits, many are hybrid or battery electric, and paying only for what they use.Dumfries and Galloway saved £400,000 in a year cut their mileage and dramatically cut their carbon footprint. Combining the car share system with bike share or hire can provide a choice of the most appropriate transport.

Car sharing also sees car club members making 2-3 times as many trips by bike as many will have given up car ownership when joining the car club – thus for the bike industry the 126,000 UK car club members are a key target audience, given that they will have £2,000 to £3,000 per year to spend in the cash typically saved through not owning a car.”

Food for thought……

Friends of the Earth (Scotland)’s view of it.
Reacting to the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report setting out the pathways the world must take to avoid climate disaster, Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said:

“Bold international action to cut our use of fossil fuels is urgently required to steer the planet away from catastrophic climate change.

“If we’re to avoid levels of climate change that will be impossible to adapt to, governments must stand up to the fossil fuel industry and get serious about the huge potential of clean renewable power. Scotland has a major contribution to make in making this transition.

“Rich nations must take the lead by rapidly weaning themselves off coal, gas and oil and funding low-carbon growth in poorer countries.

“The IPCC report is clear: we already have the technologies to make the journey to safe, clean energy. But the clock is ticking, we must act now.”



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