India Needs More Compact, Electrified Cities to Meet Climate Goals

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Cities worldwide have two strategies available to decarbonize their transport sectors, but neither alone will be sufficient to address the impacts of climate change. One approach is extensive vehicle electrification across all modes, and the other is creating compact cities that minimize excess travel while encouraging a shift to walking, cycling, and public transport. Both strategies are important, but neither can have a sufficient impact on its own. These strategies are the two half-keys to unlock a future of sustainable, low-carbon cities. ITDP–UC Davis’ research involved modeling four scenarios of growth in passenger transport and resulting emissions:

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