Metropolitan regions around the UK and the wider world are pledging to move to net zero carbon emissions on ambitious timescales. With transport a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions (in the UK transport is now the largest source), urban transport authorities have a key role to play in the transition to net zero.
Some of the measures that urban transport authorities can take are solely transport measures, such as promoting modal shift. However, others require transport authorities to make better connections with other sectors — connections which are both institutional and knowledge based in order to realise more opportunities for complementary cross-sector measures, and which are capable of delivering greater carbon reduction benefits than would be the case if the transport sector worked in isolation.
Florian Beiberbach, CEO of Stadtwerke Munchen, will present the innovative local authority owned utility company that brings together, amongst other things, the energy supply and an integrated local public transport system. Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy, will talk about the renewable energy sector in the UK and opportunities for closer links with local transport systems.
The subsequent discussion will explore how local institutional and governance arrangements support or hinder strategic and project-based cross-sector approaches and the lessons that could be learned. Panellists include Rasita Chudasama, Principal Transport Planner, who is working to join the dots on carbon between transport, energy and the built environment for Nottingham City Council; and Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council’s executive member for environment and transport.