Transport is the fastest growing source of global greenhouse gas emissions and the biggest emitting sector of the UK economy.


As hosts of the COP26 UN climate summit in November the UK will need a credible plan for decarbonising transport. Our thinking needs to change if we are to rise to the scale of the challenge.

Join us for a webinar series which will consult widely on the five key themes that emerged in the recent Greener Transport Solutions publication Rising to the Challenge: Achieving net zero will require new thinking, creative solutions and systemic change.

  • The decarbonisation of transport will involve changes to the wider economy.
  • Technical solutions will be insufficient, we also need behaviour change.
  • Fares and taxes should encourage people to make lower carbon travel choices.
  • We must ensure a fair and just transition to net zero.
  • Greater devolution will be a key driver of decarbonisation.

Hosted by Greener Transport Solutions, Addleshaw Goddard, Transport Times, Foundation for Integrated Transport & The Transport Knowledge Hub, the events will bring together leading academics, politicians, business leaders, consumer groups and think tanks to discuss what is needed to decarbonise transport. Experts will discuss and respond to questions from the Greener Transport Council.

The series will culminate in the Greener Transport Solutions publication of ‘A Manifesto for Decarbonising Transport’ to be published in the Autumn 2021.

Event details

September 2021

Greener Transport Solutions Webinar

Webinars

Webinar 1 - Not the journey but the destination: how our whole economy needs to change

Chaired by Professor Peter Jones OBE, Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development, this session focussed on how can we overcome the silos of government to ensure that change can be driven across all areas of policy making, how private sector investment can be harnessed to drive investment in green transport and energy infrastructure and what changes will be required to support that transformation.

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Webinar 2: How the Government can support technical and policy solutions to encourage people to make lower carbon travel choices

Chaired by Professor Stephen Glaister, Emeritus Professor of Transport and Infrastructure, Imperial College London and LSE, the aim of the second webinar was to tackle issues such as: How government should engage with the public on the substantial behaviour changes required. whether or not government policy should include a commitment for reducing traffic, and what can be done to make a carbon tax more equitable?

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Webinar 3: The role of localism in ensuring a fair and just transition to net zero and driving decarbonisation

The last webinar in the What will it take to Decarbonise Transport series was Chaired by Hilary Chipping, Chief Executive, South East Midlands LEP and posed the questions: What are the barriers to greater devolution and how can these be overcome?; where might there be conflicts between levelling up and achieving net zero? how can these be resolved?; and how should local funding and governance be reformed to ensure that local leaders can plan for housing, jobs and transport on an integrated long-term basis?

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Read the overview of the discussion here

Key contacts

Meet the team
Paul Hirst

Paul Hirst

Partner, Global Infrastructure and Co-head of Transport
United Kingdom

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Anna Heaton

Anna Heaton

Partner, Real Estate and Co-head of Transport
Leeds, UK

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Suzanne Moir

Suzanne Moir

Partner, Infrastructure, Projects and Energy
Edinburgh

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