Re: [New Mobility/WorldTransport Forum] WBCSD & the auto industry - part of the solution, but how?
- I was a strong supporter of the idea of the WBCSD, helping informally to
set it up when I was at the IEA and then Shell Int'l. Long conversations
with organizers at both auto and oil companies, potential consultants.
Organized 1 of the expert forums (Mexico City, last year) and
participated in a few others.
I will read the material and report back here -- rumors fly that the
final report is weak -- seems like the fuel companies are very agressive
about clean fuels, which is the easy part, but the car makers are wont
to say "less cars than otherwise", and that's really what all gazes into
the future are all about. But let me look carefully first.
>>> eric.britton@... 7/7/2004 6:30:24 AM >>>Wednesday, July 07, 2004, Paris, France, Europe
Our old friend and colleague, Ken Orski, formerly the original
of the urban transport environment of the OECD's environment unit
ago when it was just getting started, has just kindly shared with us
abstract of and commentary on the just published report of the WBCSD.
His closing phrase caught my attention, and I would like to invite
commentary on it here. He writes:
"While it is too early to predict the report's longer term influence,
the sponsoring companies clearly hope that their initiative will, at
the very least, help to establish the auto industry's sincerity and
faith in trying to come to grips with the impact of its activities on
Now, I for one get no great pleasure in bashing the auto or energy
industry - indeed I think it's a pretty dumb and counter-productive
thing to do since one way or another they are also part of the
(indeed they are important clients for my personal consulting work as
keep trying to edge them toward a more truly proactive approach in
helping create and advance the New Mobility Agenda - I am not that
reassured about either (a) the usefulness or (b) the sincerity and
faith - precisely! - of their participation in this particular
I have my own thoughts on this as you can imagine, but I would be
interested to hear what others of you might have to say. Indeed,
the main issue behind this from our shared perspectives here is that
need to make them part of the solution. There can be no doubt about
that. The question of course is: will they do it without firm
leadership from the public policy end. And if so, what form should
take? (I attach to this note our short original 'mission statement'
for The Commons which goes back now to several decades. Still pretty
much the way it looks around here.)
The Commons, Paris
" The Commons: Increasing the uncomfort zone for hesitant
and politicians, pioneering new concepts for activists, community
groups, entrepreneurs and business, and through our joint efforts,
energy and personal choices, placing them and ourselves firmly on the
path to a more sustainable and more just society."