Sustainable transportation seeks to improve access to goods while simultaneously reducing environmental and social impacts. Research indicates that transporatation is a major cause of climate change.
According to reseach by A. Schafer titled, "The global demand for motorized mobility," transport systems generate approximately one quarter of world energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
Air pollution is an unavoidable byproduct of the traditional fossil fuel powered transportation industry. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, greenhouse gas emissions from transport are increasing at a faster rate than any other energy using sector. Road transport is also a major contributor to local air pollution and smog.
Green transportation is defined by its low environmental impact. A truly sustainable transportation system makes a positive contribution to the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the communities they serve.
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