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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A new joint report from the Bipartisan Policy Center, SAFE, and the Electrification Coalition (EC) makes the case that medium- and heavy-duty (MHD) commercial vehicle electrification should be a key policy priority for the transportation sector as it embarks on its most important shift since the invention of the internal combustion engine itself: the transition from a gasoline and diesel past to an electric future.
Electric vehicles and package deliveries are poised to go together as naturally as stamps stick onto envelopes. FedEx is one of the big players moving forward in that space. The company now has 150 electric delivery trucks in its Southern California fleet.
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.
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.
FedEX cover a lot of miles over air, land and sea, but now they're taking it even further for that last mile delivery. FedEx Express Canada is leading the way in Toronto for fast, emission-free delivery with a new fleet of electric cargo bikes.
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.