Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Public Transport insures against Emissions Impact

 Media advisory from the Bus and Coach Association

 15 July 2008

Public Transport is Insurance against Emissions Trading Impacts

Town planners should take note that investment in public transport is a highly effective tool for insulating against carbon costs, says an international expert on sustainable land transport.

Professor John Stanley of the University of Sydney was speaking yesterday (14 July 2008) at the New Zealand Bus and Coach Association (BCA) conference in Invercargill.

"Increased investment in public transport is certainly the best insurance against any future impacts of emissions trading. Authorities need to work together to introduce good public transport for all socio-economic groups and to create walking and cycling friendly urban areas."

He told the 300 conference-goers that car use was a main greenhouse gas emitter so even small moves to encourage people to take either public transport or active (walking, cycling) transport could make a real difference.

In Australasia, transport is the 3rd largest sector (behind agriculture and stationary energy) and 2nd fastest growing sector (behind stationary energy) for greenhouse gas emissions.

In turn, 88 percent of transport emissions came from road transport, with the main culprit being the car: cars generate about 60 percent of the road transport emissions. In comparison, buses only generate about 3 percent.

Professor Stanley said reaching a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to below the year 2000 levels by the year 2020 could realistically be achieved through a mind-shift away from intense car use.

But the onus was on central, regional and local authorities to improve land-use planning and public transport to make it easy for people to leave the car in the garage.

Raewyn Bleakley, Chief Executive Officer of the Bus and Coach Association, said that many people were probably not aware that cars contributed such a large percentage of overall carbon emissions.

"Urban transport needs to shift away from private car use and hopefully information of the type Professor Stanley shared today will provide some impetus to officials to increase investment in public transport in New Zealand."





© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election