4.1.1 Decarbonizing cities

Course subject(s) 4. Transport decarbonization II

Welcome to the final part of the course! In the past module, we have discussed how we can decarbonize transportation focusing on freight and aviation sectors and addressed transport related environmental concerns. This module, we will be continuing to discuss decarbonization of transport in more detail and address new aspects such as quantification of mode shift benefits and economics of fuel price.

In the first video of module 4, we will have a short recap of last week’s contents and present an agenda for this week. Furthermore, you will gain an insight into how COVID-19 pandemic has affected daily carbon emissions in the cities around the globe.

Feel free to explore some of the rankings (as well as browse online to find more) to possibly learn more about where your own city places.

The Global Liveability Index 2021 – link

Cities and Happiness: A Global Ranking and Analysis – link (make sure to check out Figure 3.1: Global Ranking of Cities — Current Life Evaluation where subjective well being in each city is presented).

Key takeaways:

  1. Currently, transport is highly dependent on oil, but efforts are being made to shift the sector towards electricity.
  2. Fuel carbon intensity, energy intensity and activity are the main three factors that determine energy consumption and emissions in transportation.
  3. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, many cities around the globe witnessed significant reductions in pollutions and emissions.
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