Transport sustainability, the next step: monitoring emissions
Cities are where most GHG emissions from transport are generated: from carbon-fuelled vehicle traffic on roads. City governments do the work of planning and providing infrastructure, regulating traffic and managing public transport. The city level of governance must be involved in the effort to reduce emissions, and many municipal and city-regional governments around the world are rising to this challenge. Cities like London and Paris, even Melbourne, have ambitious goals and policies. But we simply do not know if these policies are actually having an effect, or which policies are having most effect at least cost. Monitoring the effects of cities’ actions on emissions is the next big challenge.
Nick Low has been working with Master’s students in his subject ‘Sustainable Transport and Public Policy’ to research this issue. This seminar will outline some of the findings and the issues involved.
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Professor Nicholas Low is the author or editor of ten books, two of which have won national and international prizes. He is known for his contributions to the study of the politics of planning and transport, and for his international research on urban sustainability published in numerous international journal articles. He convened the 1997 conference at the University of Melbourne on Environmental Justice. His book (with Brendan Gleeson) Justice, Society and Nature won the Harold and Margaret Sprout Prize of the International Studies Association 1998 for the best book published on ecological politics in that year. He won a major grant from the Volvo Foundations to create the Australasian Centre for Governance and Management of Urban Transport (GAMUT) which he directed from 2006 to 2011.