Thank you for the opportunity for input. We at Canada s Centre for Sustainable Transportation appreciate almost any kind of dialogue on sustainableMessage 1 of 1 , Jun 1, 2001View SourceThank you for the opportunity for input.
We at Canada's Centre for Sustainable Transportation appreciate almost any kind of dialogue on sustainable transportation. We find that after a while, the participants realize that their understanding of what is 'sustainable transportation' differs and that this realization is a major step in acknowledging the difficulties in dealing with sustainable transportation..
Our Centre's founders came to the same conclusion in late 1996 and adopted the following definition of sustainable transportation (it was amended slightly in 2000).
A sustainable transportation system is one that:
· allows the basic access needs of individuals and societies to be met safely and in a manner consistent with human and ecosystem health, and with equity within and between generations.
· is affordable, operates efficiently, offers choice of transport mode, and supports a vibrant economy.
· limits emissions and waste within the planets ability to absorb them, minimizes consumption of non-renewable resources, limits consumption of renewable resources to the sustainable yield level, reuses and recycles its components, and minimizes the use of land and the production of noise.
Many of you have seen this definition and we are pleased that it was incorporated into a resolution adopted by the European Ministers of Transportation in April this year.
Our Board also concluded that having a definition was fine but we needed a way to measure progress or lack thereof. As you could imagine, this is a difficult task but we are well on the way to dealing with it. We began a project called Sustainable Transportation Performance Indicators which essentially identifies the data needed to measure the key elements of our definition above. With the support if the Government of Canada, we are about to enter the third phase of this project which is promising indeed. You may see reports on this project and others at our web site www.cstctd.org.
In my view, a key accomplishment of the Workshop sponsored by the Shell Foundation would be to adopt a definition of Sustainable Transportation as a bench mark for ongoing activities. We offer our definition above if it serves the purposes of the workshop delegates.
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