WIT Press


Toward Zero Carbon With Environmentally Friendly Transport Modes

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/UT120091

Volume

128

Pages

10

Page Range

97 - 106

Published

2012

Size

1041 kb

Author(s)

E. Ö. Aktuğlu Aktan

Abstract

The rapid growth of cities, the increase and distribution of population and building intensity, the increase in vehicle ownership, and related to these, Earth’s surface turning into built areas, rapidly increases energy consumption (which is not apparent but is vitally important) and also increases the production of carbon. For the cities of the world to have a sustainable future and be resilient, they must move toward Zero Carbon Emissions, developing strategies and starting implementation as soon as possible. The aim of this paper is to change the focus of reduction efforts to cities, specifically focusing upon transportation. Carbon, activated carbon, carbon footprints, and the reduction of carbon production in line with the Kyoto Protocol will be examined in terms of transportation issues. International studies on zero carbon emissions will be examined within the context of transportation. The place of environmentally friendly transport modes and their links will be discussed, especially in Chicago city center and in Masdar City, currently being built in Abu Dhabi (construction will be finished by the end of 2020). Recommendations highlight the importance of these discussions on the future of humanity. Keywords: zero carbon, green goal, carbon footprint, environmentally friendly transport modes, sustainable transportation, Chicago, Masdar. 1 Introduction Increasing population, urbanization, industrialization and uncontrolled resource usage cause negative results for living areas. Development transforms nature into an artificial environment. We have to utilize technology, information and other facilities of modern age for our own good.

Keywords

zero carbon, green goal, carbon footprint, environmentally friendlytransport modes, sustainable transportation, Chicago, Masdar.