5 ways the world can reduce emissions from global transport systems

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Transport lags behind other sectors in the race to decarbonize. Image: Unsplash/jtkyber1

Stephen Naimoli
Associate, Energy, Systems Change Lab
Brynne Wilcox
Communications Coordinator, Systems Change Lab
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Breakdown of total of global GHG emissions by sector in 2019
Breakdown of total of global GHG emissions by sector in 2019 Image: WRI/Piers Forster, et al. 2022.

1,282,000 million people died from road traffic accidents in 2019
About 17 out of every 100,000 people in the world were killed on roadways in 2019. Image: WRI, WHO.


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The distance travelled by cars is increasing - a trend that needs to reverse
We need to reduce car dependence. Image: WRI, Bloomberg NEF.

Deployment of other modes of transport is behind the 2030 target
Change will be driven by investments that vastly improve other modes of travel. Image: ITDP, TUMI.

Key milestones in the exponential growth of electric vehicles
Some types of electric vehicles are actually cheaper to run than their fossil-fuel-powered equivalents. Image: Dennis, IEA.
Zero-carbon car and bus adoption is growing but trucks lagging
Medium- and heavy-duty trucks are more difficult to decarbonize. Image: Bloomberg NEF, CAT, IEA.

Carbon emissions for aviation by top departure countries, 2019
For aviation, zero-emission options are beginning to emerge. Image: International Council on Clean Transportation.

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