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17:30 - 19:30 20 March 2013

UCL ISR Cross Disciplinary Seminar: Sustainable Transport - Meeting the Challenge

Location

G.01 | Central House (link Map)
14 Upper Woburn Place | London | WC1H 0NN |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge but registration required
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

Dr Peter Jones, Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development, Environment & Geomatic Engineering, Before joining UCL in 2005, Peter was director of the Transport Studies Group at the University of Westminster where he carried out numerous research projects funded by organisations including the Department for Transport, the European Commission, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and BAA.

Transport contributes 20%-25% of global CO2 emissions, consumes large quantities of metals and other non-renewable resources, is a major contributor to local air and noise pollution, and is responsible for the deaths of over 1.2 million people annually. These problems are growing in many parts of the world, particularly in urban areas.

Exacerbating these problems is the strongly growing demand for transport globally, over which the transport sector has limited influence, other than by modifying the provision of supply. The real drivers of demand lie in other sectors of the economy, which often take little account of the transport implications of their decisions.

The lecture will outline these challenges and illustrate some of the measures that are being taken by transport and other professionals to address them - and poses the question of whether we can 'short circuit' the learning curve that developed countries have gone through.


Contact

Helen Rand
+44 (0)20 3108 5935 | h.rand@ucl.ac.uk


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