Welcome to #TRVSTLOVES. We curate news, ideas, and inspiration from across the world that demonstrate how real action can accomplish a positive social impact. This month we’re looking at some great sustainable travel initiatives and what they mean for the future.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the "transport sector is the fastest-growing contributor to climate emissions." The climate impacts are significant: around 23% of global carbon dioxide emissions in 2010 came from transport alone. To address this, the WHO have strategies in place which look at increasing public transport systems (rail, metro, and bus), and networks to encourage cycling. Technology is being explored for cleaner vehicles and cleaner fuel. Check out a few of these case studies to get an idea of what's happening.
The European Union has announced a €117 million investment across 39 key sustainable transport projects within Europe. The projects look at things like energy performance, improving the quality of pollutants, and upgrading existing railway lines. The projects were selected via a competitive process looking for innovative sustainable transport ideas. We think a competition is a great way to encourage original and creative thinking! If you're interested in the details, you can find them in this brochure.
The annual CIVITA awards have just announced the sustainable mobility winners. There were many categories, but one which we think was particularly outstanding was the "Transformation Award" which went to Bremen (Germany). Bremen has reduced its vehicle usage via car-sharing and has hugely improved public transport options. Most impressively, of those who are part of the car-sharing scheme, 80% now do not own a car at all. Behavioral changes are absolutely key when it comes to challenging old habits, so this is a fantastic result for Bremen.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to loan €115m to Rotterdam for investment in hybrid and electric buses. The Dutch are setting tough targets when it comes to green transport: all buses will have to be electric by 2030. The UN's Sustainable Development Goals aim to provide "access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all" by 2030, so Rotterdam is taking a massive step towards meeting this goal, perhaps even achieving it earlier than anticipated.
These playfully named "seabubbles" sound and look rather fun, but more importantly, they offer a pollution-free way of traveling around Paris. They're currently in the testing phase, but, if approved, it will be possible to book them via your smartphone. Any initiative which offers pollution-free transport options gets a huge thumbs up. These battery-powered bubbles can travel up to 30km an hour and make use of the cities natural waterways so could be a great solution to roads brought to a standstill because of car traffic.
Sam produces our regular #TRVSTLOVES where she seeks out inspiration, news, and ideas from across the globe that both highlight and celebrate how actions can make for social and environmental change.
Sam is passionate about seeking out small businesses that are implementing remarkable and exciting projects to tackle the climate crisis; she enjoys exploring how their innovation will help change the future of our world.
A degree in English Literature from the University of Southampton has given Sam the research expertise to share and contextualize stories around innovative projects, legislation, and changemakers.