Clearing the Air: Transportation, Land Use and Carbon Emissions in Metro Vancouver
David Suzuki Foundation
Authored by: Franziska Förg, Rose Murphy, Mark Jaccard
Climate solutions, Cities climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable transportation, land use, British Columbia
Many initiatives that cities and metropolitan areas take to reduce carbon emissions encourage or require changes to the built environment. Together, these changes are often referred to as “smart growth.” This report looks at the potential of this strategy to reduce end-use greenhouse gas emissions from personal transportation in Metro Vancouver. The results highlight the overlap that exists between the smart growth policies that are simulated and existing senior government policies promoting energy efficiency and fuel switching. Ambitious smart growth land-use policies are found to offer fairly small additional GHG reductions from personal transportation in Metro Vancouver when combined with current and announced federal and B.C. policies. Ambitious smart growth policies would be expected to have a larger impact on carbon emissions in a different geographical context with weaker senior government carbon-reduction policies. The report’s literature review suggests that smart growth policies may contribute to increased livability, social equity and affordability.
New Mobility and Autonomous Vehicles: Impacts on Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Metro Vancouver
New technologies, like self-driving or autonomous vehicles, will be game-changers as they arrive on our streets. This report looks at how new mobility could affect greenhouse gas emissions in Metro Vancouver. Strategies that reduce carbon emissions and improve well-being for AV introduction are highlighted.
Pricing It Right for Climate: Using Mobility Pricing to Drive Down Transport Emissions in Metro Vancouver and Montreal
Cities around the world have been using mobility or road pricing to successfully tackle traffic congestion. But the climate emergency also demands urgent action. This report evaluates whether mobility pricing can help reduce transportation emissions and traffic congestion while ushering in a better quality of life.
Shifting Gears: Climate Solutions for Transportation in Cities, Metro Vancouver Case Study
We’re at a pivotal moment to act on the climate crisis. Transportation accounts for some of the highest carbon emissions. Low-carbon transportation solutions are vital to meeting public demand for climate action. This report looks at the most effective policies in low-carbon transportation for B.C. and Metro Vancouver to reach 2030 and 2050 carbon emission targets.