Driving CO2 reduction by Integrating Transport and Urban Design strategies

Publication year: 2011
Source: Cities, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 12 June 2011

Reena, Tiwari , Robert, Cervero , Lee, Schipper

Can the climate problem be framed as an urban development and transport problem where CO2 reduction is understood as a co-benefit of good development and transport?The third largest source of greenhouse emissions in Australia is transport, and road transport accounts for 88% of transport emissions. A move towards sustainable urbanism, matched with the use of sustainable technologies (vehicle and fuels), is critical to arrest the increased dependence on fossil fuels and the escalating air-pollution at both the local and global scales. An approach towards sustainable urbanism, besides requiring a strong emphasis on land use and transport integration, demands the attainment…

 Highlights: ► 3Ds of sustainable urbanism (Density, Diversity and Design) & ASIF (Avoid, Shift, Improve and Finance) paradigm are explored. ► A resulting coherent framework for the development of a sustainable green town is generated. ► Sustainable urban development requires land use, transport integration, and certain levels of urbanity through place-making. ► The authors question whether CO2 reduction can be understood as a co-benefit of good development and transport.