Major business players in the road transport sector have set out
their long-term objectives for sustainable mobility as global
demand for cars continues to soar.
Focusing on road transport in particular, the report says that
the world’s present mobility trends are unsustainable if consumer
demand is to be met with fast growth led mainly by China.
The report describes the situation as a mobility dilemma:
meeting demand without putting the environment and human health at
risk. To address these challenges, the signatories have set
themselves seven goals:
- Reducing emissions from road transport to
levels that do not constitute a significant public health concern:
The report focuses on cutting down emissions in developing
countries through technological improvements. Large vehicles with
high emission levels are likely to be targeted first.
- Reduce Greenhouse gas emissions from
transport to sustainable levels: The ultimate objective is to
eliminate transport as the largest source of GHG emissions but the
report warns that this goal cannot be achieved until “much later
- Reduce road deaths and injuries: Driver
education, improved infrastructure and better technologies for
crash avoidance are highlighted in the report.
- Reduce transport-related noise:
Technological developments are to be introduced to decrease the
noise levels of cars and trucks.
- Ease traffic congestion: Proposed actions
include increasing road capacity and making an increased use of
information technologies to improve the usage of existing mobility
systems and infrastructure.
- Narrow the ” mobility divide” between
poor and rich countries: Lack of mobility inhibits economic growth
in the poorest regions of the world and should therefore be
tackled, the report says.
- Enhance mobility in developing countries:
Based on wider access and affordability.