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WBCSD Mobility 2030 report - general commentary

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  • metz@integerconsult.org
    ... From: Paul Metz [mailto:metz@integerconsult.org] Sent: Sunday, July 18, 2004 9:21 PM To: Eric.Britton@ecoplan.org Dear Eric, Thank you for this initiative.
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 18, 2004
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Paul Metz [mailto:metz@...]
      Sent: Sunday, July 18, 2004 9:21 PM
      To: Eric.Britton@...

      Dear Eric,

      Thank you for this initiative. If July 30 is indeed the end, I can only
      now make some remarks and wish they serve you in these 2 weeks.

      1. In the early stage of this WBCSD-project I met with the organisers
      and told them that their focus cannot credibly claim to cover
      "mobility". The report should be named more correctly "some first steps
      towards sustainable AUTOmobility". If not, I urged them to include
      public transport and the potentials for reduction of physical mobility
      by ICT, telework, teleconsults, telemeetings, ... Some other members of
      the same associations should be invited, not only the cars and fuels
      interests. And how can e.g. city design be included, if 'urban sprawl'
      is not accepted as a fact of nature ?

      2. The (inofficial) strategy of the WBCSD is to 'defend the licenses to
      operate' of its members as as long and cheaply as possible. It does so
      by presenting success stories, which support its lobby for voluntary and
      subsidised actions and against legislation. It mainly - if not only -
      represents transnational companies and usually agrees with the general
      business lobby ICC. In 1996 I co-founded and since then represent the
      pro-active European Business Council for Sustainable Energy. See
      <http://www.e5.org> www.e5.org for its agenda, which includes active
      support for Kyoto, carbon taxes and trading, elimination of perverse
      subsidies, etc. also on behalf of small and midsized companies. Also on
      my own website you find more.

      3. This report should be confronted with the Millennium Development
      Goals - should there be "access to mobility" in it ? - and with the
      Climate Convention. It is unlikely that the scenario until 2030
      projected in this study is compatible with these global superpriorities.
      It may be a good start, but does not show the appropriate sense of
      urgency. And how can mobility in developing countries 'leapfrog' and
      avoid repetition of the fossil, land-intensive route we try to end here?

      Finally, I am convinced of the good intentions of the experts involved
      in the WBCSD project group. My questions here aim at their bosses, the
      strategy of the companies and at the governmental decision makers they
      try to influence.

      Good luck and please explain why we have only 2 weeks. In August more
      experts may have time to contribute.

      Paul Metz

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    • eric.britton@ecoplan.org
      ... From: Terence Bendixson [mailto:t.bendixson@pobox.com] Sent: Sunday, July 18, 2004 7:15 PM To: Eric.Britton@ecoplan.org Subject: Re: International Peer
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 18, 2004
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        From: Terence Bendixson [mailto:t.bendixson@...]
        Sent: Sunday, July 18, 2004 7:15 PM
        To: Eric.Britton@...
        Subject: Re: International Peer Review of a major report - an example?

        Dear Eric et al.

        I am sure I am putting my head in the oven in sending you the attached
        Independent Transport Commission report 'Suburban Future'. It refers
        only to
        England, is based on research by Marcial Echenique at Cambridge, and
        concludes that transport policy for the suburbs (pretty well
        non-existent in
        England) will have to be car based. Of course public transport has a
        (currently 4 to 8 per cent of the trips [including walks] of English
        suburbanites and exurbanites are made by bus and train) but getting a
        on cars is top priority. What does this mean? Fiscal measures to promote
        hyper-economical vehicles; variable road user charging to promote
        changes in
        travel behaviour; and company travel plans because firms like Vodafone
        BAA at Heathrow show they can be made to work.

        It is not radical but it could make a difference. Fuel at $50 a barrel
        be a wonderful addition.



        Terence Bendixson, Secretary
        Independent Transport Commission
        University of Southampton
        c/o 39 Elm Park Gardens, London SW10 9QF
        Tel 020 7352 3885
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