Greener transport, reducing travel's carbon footprint
Today, there is a major drive globally to reduce carbon outputs in all walks of life and transport is not an exception. In 2013, cars alone were responsible for 8.7% of all energy-related carbon emissions- a staggering number when you think of the various industries adding to the problem.
Other aspects of transport have contributed significantly to the problem; aviation emissions have dramatically risen in recent years, the EU stated the volume of greenhouse gases from aeroplanes had risen 87% between 1990 and 2005. So, aside from the problems increasing how are the solutions developing?
Long touted as the clear solution for congestion, public transport has undergone major changes globally. In fact, on the 1st of July 2018, Estonia will become the world's first country to offer free public transport. Meanwhile, in Aberdeen, the city now fuels a fleet of buses using Hydrogen and in super-city Shenzhen 10,000, electric buses are in use across the city.
Many large cities such as Barcelona, Melbourne and Calcutta are creating car-free spaces. In these instances, roads will be reserved for public transport and cyclists.
These vehicles often split opinion, many people say they are adding to congestion others claim they extend access in cities and avoid wide scale private car ownership. One initiative may bring both sides closer together; more eco-friendly taxis. Already in London, the traditional black taxis are turning green, with diesel versions being replaced by electric-powered cabs.
By the end of 2019, UberX in London has stated that they will only allow hybrid or fully electric cars on the app, so goodbye diesel engines.
All forms of transport have come under scrutiny, not just those transporting the public, but goods as well. The long-term solutions to these bulky problems have been as impressive and as innovative as those above. Recently, Scania and Siemens teamed up on a proposal for the German Environmental Ministry. While electric cars and trucks are one thing, this scheme really raised the bar. The project will power HGV vehicles using overhead power lines in adapted lanes. Scania's VP of Research stated; "Vehicle electrification is developing quickly and with its environmental, social and cost benefits, it will play an important role in the shift to a fossil-free transport system".
At ReGen we not only welcome this shift away from fossil fuels, we act on it. Our low emissions transport fleet reflects our green-focused work such as aiding councils with MDR collection and dispatching RDF (refuse-derived fuel) to the plants powered by recycled energy.