Sustainable Low Carbon Development and the Transport Sector in India
This report done in 2011 focuses on four major issues in the field of sustainable transport in India -
- Lack of technical capacity at the city government level is a major problem. Engineers and planners have been trained to build roads and implement projects focused on improving conditions for private motor vehicles – similar skills in sustainable transport modes such as bus-based public transport, pedestrianisation and cycling are lacking.
- There is a lack of awareness about concepts of sustainable transport and the negative impacts of focusing on private motor vehicles, especially at the city level.
- Accurately measuring, reporting and verifying (MRV) the impacts of various interventions to reduce transport sector emissions is a problem.
- The current perception is that the solution to the growth of emissions in transport lies in improving technologies – developing better engines and fuels. This is perhaps because improving technologies is seen to be easier to accomplish. However ‘shift’ and ‘avoid’ will provide the greatest savings in emissions.