What the hell was this doing in the NoVa Sprawl newsleeter? Sounds like
a call for more cars, more roads, worldwide....
> GLOBAL ACTION NEEDED TO MAKE TRANSPORT SUSTAINABLE - Seven goals to
> meet sustainable mobility challenge -
> Brussels, 5 July 2004 -Global cooperation to limit the adverse social
> and environmental impact of motor vehicles, complemented by further
> technology advances, is needed to fulfil transport's vital role in
> the development of modern society, states Mobility 2030: Meeting the
> Challenges to Sustainability, a report released by the World Business
> Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) today.
> The report was developed by 12 global automotive and energy
> companies who have worked together over the past four years, under
> the sponsorship of the WBCSD to assess the sustainability of their
> products and to envision the future of mobility, with special focus
> on road transport.
> The report defines sustainable mobility as "the ability to meet the
> needs of society to move freely, gain access, communicate, trade and
> establish relationships without sacrificing other essential human or
> ecological values today or in the future."
> According to the report, if current mobility trends were to continue,
> social, economic and environmental costs worldwide would be
> unacceptably high. However, those costs can be avoided if society as
> a whole focuses on the achievement of seven goals set out in the
> Goal one: Ensure emissions of conventional pollutants from transport
> do not constitute a significant health concern anywhere in the world:
> Technology could drive conventional emissions down in developing
> countries. In the developed world, on the other hand, the focus will
> shift from setting standards towards making sure prescribed emission
> levels are met. "High emitter" vehicles are likely to attract the
> focus of attention.
> Goal two: Limit greenhouse gas emissions from transport to
> sustainable levels: The SMP members argue that society's long-term
> goal should be to eliminate transport as a major source of GHG
> emissions but warn that this cannot be achieved until much later than
> 2030. In addition, the members believe that the portfolio of
> technology options they are currently pursuing for vehicle fuels and
> powertrains will be a significant factor in achieving stabilization
> of CO2 emissions. Stabilizing CO2 emissions from transport should
> form part of a larger strategy of policy measures aimed at reducing
> GHG emissions from all major sources.
> Goal three: Reduce significantly the number of transport related
> deaths and serious injuries worldwide: Programs to reduce deaths and
> serious injuries from road vehicle crashes should focus on at least
> four factors: driver behaviour, improvements in infrastructure,
> better technologies for crash avoidance, and injury mitigation.
> Goal Four: Reduce transport-related noise: Overall, traffic noise is
> not likely to decrease. However, local authorities can address the
> increase in traffic noise through a combination of road surfaces and
> barriers that dampen noise, and by restricting the modification of
> vehicles by owners and others. Manufacturers are also continuing to
> improve the noise performance of transport vehicles.
> Goal Five: Mitigate traffic congestion: Congestion cannot be
> eliminated entirely, but its effects can be lessened substantially.
> Actions aimed at relieving congestion would need to include
> increasing infrastructure capacity, eliminating infrastructure
> choke-points and making more efficient use of existing mobility
> systems and infrastructure. Information Technology Systems should
> play a key role in enabling this.
> Goal Six: Narrow mobility opportunity divides that inhibit
> inhabitants of poorest countries and economically and socially
> disadvantaged groups within most countries from achieving better
> lives. This divide inhibits growth and works against the efforts of
> the very poorest countries and peoples to escape poverty. Sustainable
> mobility requires that the gap be narrowed
> Goal Seven: Preserve and enhance mobility opportunities for the
> general populations in developed and developing countries: Improved
> mobility opportunities for all societies - developed and developing -
> is an important pre-requisite for future economic growth as well as
> forming the basis of a more sustainable global mobility system based
> on wider access and greater affordability.
> The SMP encourages the development of inexpensive motorized vehicles http://www.wbcsd.org/plugins/DocSearch/details.asp?type=DocDet&DocId=6094
> that are appropriate to the harsh road environments typically found
> in some developing countries. In urban areas, pricing strategies will
> be needed to encourage the effective use of existing conventional
> public transport systems.
> The report says that mobility can be made sustainable. However, this
> is beyond the capabilities of any one company, one industry or one
> country to resolve, and will require cooperation and effort from
> every level of society. The report identifies no "magic bullet"
> solution. In addition, it says some mobility challenges will take up
> to half a century to resolve, but action should be started now.
> According to GM's Executive Vice President Tom Gottschalk, a project
> co-chair, dialogues and workshops were designed to tap professional
> opinion around the world and to develop a clearer understanding and
> appreciation of the mobility challenges faced by different countries
> and regions.
> Mr. Gottschalk also stated that Mobility 2030 is intended to be a
> catalyst. "The challenges to sustaining mobility are significant,"
> he said, "but they can be met over time, provided society supports
> constructive approaches and solutions and encourages real
> understanding and cooperation among stakeholders." He added, "This
> report contributes positively toward that goal."
How about instead providing access through proximity (progressive urban
design), and providing mobility through socially- and resource-efficient
But more cars, more roads, everywhere on earth? That's what this
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