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The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook: Mobility

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Transportation currently produces 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions—we can decrease the carbon intensity of transportation while increasing mobility choices and health benefits.

Mobility and transportation are essential components of a community. They define how we access jobs, education, services, and social events. For regional governments, the focus should be on enabling cities to invest in better mobility options, and building the interconnections that integrate these services across municipal boundaries.

Developed in partnership with the Under2 Coalition 

Action 4: Electric Vehicle Charging

Description

Increase and improve region-wide infrastructure for electric vehicles through funding, codes to support infrastructure build-out, public-private partnerships to facilitate third-party ownership of infrastructure, building extra capacity to facilitate further growth, and engaging the public for feedback on charger deployment.

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The Catalan Institute for Energy (ICAEN) has launched different initiatives to transform Catalonia into an EV-friendly jurisdiction. One of these is the creation of the Catalan Fast Recharge Infrastructures Network, which will be completed by the end of 2019, and include a network of recharging stations within a 30 km radius.

‐Damià Calvet, Ministry for Territory and Sustainability, Catalonia, Spain

Action 5: Fleet Electrification

Description

Facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles by commercial and government fleet operators through fleet emissions reduction requirements, targeted public policies, tax credits, and increased charging infrastructure. Promote electrification of taxi, carsharing, and police fleets.

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Our Switched on Fleets initiative has delivered over 500 ULEVs [ultra low-emission vehicles] into the Scottish public sector.

‐Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands, Scotland

Action 6: Clean Vehicle Manufacturing

Description

Set manufacturing efficiency requirements for vehicles, including zero-emission vehicle standards, a low-carbon fuel standard, and air-quality standards.

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Action 7: Clean Freight Delivery

Description

Improve freight efficiency through setting efficiency standards, building efficient links between urban, regional, and national logistics networks, and adopting market-based congestion mitigation policies. Address logistics sprawl through planning and zoning decisions and use fiscal and nonfiscal incentives to accelerate the adoption of electric trucks.

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Action 8: Public Transit

Description

Support public transit infrastructure through investing in new bus transit routes, donating land for stations and terminals, promoting transportation demand management and transit-oriented development, and implementing real-time information.

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Sustainable mobility is easier, more economical, and provides faster travel through integrated means in the built and natural environments.

‐André Fortin, Ministre des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports (Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility, and Transport Electrification), Quebec, Canada

Action 9: Mobility Alternatives

Description

Promote nonmotorized travel through funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs, policies to support multimodal transportation, and laws that ensure the safety of nonmotorized travelers.

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Browse Additional Recommendations by Sector

Buildings

More efficient buildings provide multiple benefits including lower emissions, greater comfort, improved health, and lower ongoing costs.

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Mobility

Regional governments can enable cities to invest in better mobility options, lowering emissions while increasing mobility choices and improving health.

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Electricity

Ensuring that our electricity comes from renewable or zero emission sources is critical to a cleaner and more resilient future.

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Industry

Regional governments provide the right scale to support industry—the foundation of many regional economies—in transitioning to low-carbon solutions.

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Land Use

Sustainable and regenerative agriculture, forestry, and other land use can help offset some of the large emission impacts that this sector produces.

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Waste

Managing waste in a sustainable manner can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also creating economic opportunities.

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Finance

Regional governments can organize and deliver financial solutions to enable all the recommendations covered in the Handbook.

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