Abstract Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, whilst maintaining and developing society’s quality of life, is the most important and greatest challenge at all levels of transport infrastructure when devising a new transport strategy. Progress has to be made in implementing new technologies and innovative transport schemes, as well as encouraging a change in consumer behaviour and modal shift. If action is taken now the necessary cost of mitigating climate change is within the region of 5% of global gross domestic product (GDP). However, if this is left too late that cost could rise to 20% of global GDP. This raises a massive challenge for policy makers and transport operators. The economic recession and the classic NIMBY (not in my back yard) responses make this a significant political issue.
Submission Details Submitted on 30 September 2009 to European Union