The transport sector is the fastest-growing contributor to climate change, accounting for a quarter (23%) of global emissions.
Electrifying transportation systems can combat climate change and improve air quality. The Transport program examines the benefits in making our transport systems clean and efficient. From developing electric public transport systems to building electric vehicle charging infrastructure, this program showcases how we can scale innovation to build a cleaner, net zero future.
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When Philadelphia’s offices, museums, and shops all shuttered in March 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city’s Indego bike-share service saw its total ridership plummet. Downtown commuters began working from home, and tourists stayed away. But one group — low-income passholders — began riding the light-blue bicycles like never before.
Most drivers on the road today are used to filling up their tanks with fuel; they know exactly how far they can get by looking at their gas gauge, what it costs them to fill it up when it’s nearly on E, and which type of fuel they have to put in their tanks. When it comes to electric driving, this works differently.
Con Edison is developing a space in Brooklyn for clean energy storage systems and electric vehicle charging stations. By increasing the number of chargers on our streets, they're making it easier for New Yorkers to own and drive a plug-in hybrid or electric car in their service area.
Traffic is so ubiquitous in U.S. cities that until recently, imagining urban life without it meant looking to other nations for examples. Then, in 2020, COVID-19 closures and lockdowns took drivers off the roads. The thought experiment became real.
In California, 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions comes from transportation. There is a myriad of solutions: electric vehicles, public transportation, ride share, e-scooters and more. But people’s behaviors and habits as well as bad land-use planning make this one of the most difficult sectors to decarbonize.
People around the world are demanding clean air -- and cities are starting to respond, says electrification advocate Monica Araya. See what a future without the internal combustion engine could look like -- and what it will take to get there.
"As we transition away from a fossil fuel economy to one powered by renewable energy, we must acknowledge the inequities of + lack of access to adequate transportation. Acknowledging and understanding these social, economic and racial inequities is the first step to dismantling them and creating new frameworks for a future of transportation planning that is just + accessible for all." Visit their website.
Get involved in the conversation by attending a Climate Week NYC event: in-person or online. Look for events in the transport program for more on electric vehicles (EVs), public transport, clean transport policy, air pollution and air quality impacts, health and more. As the core of Climate Week NYC, the events program is the primary way for communities and individuals to engage. Join us to make 2021 the most impactful year yet.
About Con Edison
Con Edison operate one of the world’s largest energy delivery systems. Founded in 1823 as the New York Gas Light company, their electric, gas, and steam service now provides energy for the 10 million people who live in New York City and Westchester County.