Evidence-based solutions to the nation’s fastest growing source of emissions will be explored by leading figures in transport, infrastructure and planning, when the Reducing Australia’s Transport Emissions seminar is held in Sydney on 15th September.
Engineers Australia’s new CEO, Romilly Madew, and one of the world’s leading climate scientists, Professor David Karoly, are among the speakers at the event, organised by the Institute for Sensible Transport.
Micromobility will be a key topic at the event, including measures to encourage more people to use bicycles, scooters and light electric vehicles for short and medium-distance trips.
Institute for Sensible Transport Director Dr Elliot Fishman said Australia is one of the worst-performing OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries in transport efficiency. Its levels of car dependency are among the highest, while it has one of the lowest levels of electric vehicle uptake.
Australia’s transport emissions have risen by 60% since 1990, faster than emission levels of any other sector.
He said the seminar would bring together some of Australia’s leading thinkers and policy makers to highlight practical, evidence-based solutions and provide pragmatic strategies for lowering transport emissions.
The topics will include all modes of transport, to identify the right tools for the job, and demonstrate how urban planning impacts transport emission levels.
Romilly Madew was previously CEO of Infrastructure Australia and the Green Building Council of Australia.
She will be joined on the list of speakers by Dr Jennifer Kent, a senior research fellow and urbanism research lead at the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning. Jennifer’s research interests are at the intersections between urban planning, transport and human health.
A prominent author on transport issues, Professor Levinson, will speak on how Sydney’s transport emissions can be significantly reduced through land use and policy interventions.
Authorities from the Institute of Sensible Transport will also speak at the seminar, headed by Dr Elliot Fishman who has provided advice on sustainable mobility to the Prime Minister’s Office, the OECD, the National Government of Singapore and many councils and state governments.
A Senior Transport Analyst at the institute, Vaughn Allan, will discuss the role of local and state government in active transport projects.
He will be joined by another Senior Transport Analyst at the institute, Liam Davies, who has in-depth knowledge of electric vehicle transition pathways for organisational fleets and large-scale transport projects to reduce emissions.
Registrations are open for the seminar, being held at Customs House in Circular Quay from 9am to 5pm.
The seminar will be preceded by a masterclass of transport and accessibility on Wednesday 14 September from 9am to 5pm.