Achieving sustainability in urban transport in developing and transition countries

The key factor to achieving sustainability is no longer money but using available resources appropriately, according to a new study published by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

The study suggests that the success of sustainability projects crucially depends on knowledge and functioning institutional structures at local, regional and national levels.

Sustainable transport is an urgent issue for a number of reasons. The transport sector was responsible for 23% of global CO2 emissions in 2007, and adversely affects air and noise pollution, land use etc. These effects are especially relevant in cities, where half of the world’s population is living today. With a growing world population and ongoing urbanisation, the number and share of city dwellers will rise considerably in the next decades. Thus, sustainability in urban transport is becoming increasingly important.

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