Low carbon transport has many social and economic benefits that can accelerate local sustainable development and that deserve recognition beyond their role in addressing climate change. A series of five new papers, ‘LEDS in Practice’, from our LEDS GP Transport Working Group highlights case studies on the social and economic benefits of low carbon urban transport – from job creation and saved time and money, to fighting poverty, and achieving safer roads and cleaner air.
This series explores how low carbon urban transport can present win-win opportunities, including:
- City investment in low carbon transport structures such as bicycle lanes and pedestrian pathways would promote commuter safety on the roads.
- More affordable, efficient, and safe travel connects people to more employment and social
- Low carbon urban transport offers a practical opportunity to save people’s time and household income as well as government budgets.
- Along with the short term employment impact, longer term jobs in public transport systems tend to be more formalized and secure.
- The clear links between greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter make low carbon transport an increasingly sustainable investment at local level—both by reducing emission levels and thus mitigating climate change; and by improving public health through better air quality.
Download the LEDS in Practice series below:
- LEDS in Practice: Make roads safe
- LEDS in Practice: Fight poverty
- LEDS in Practice: Save money and time
- LEDS in Practice: Create jobs
- LEDS in Practice: Breathe clean
For more information, contact our Transport Working Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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