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Net Zero Transport: A place-based approach

02 March 2021 at 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM / North East England / England / Online

02 March 2021 at 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
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RTPI North East brings this webinar to you as part of the RTPI Online events. 

Transport is now the largest contributor to UK greenhouse gas emissions, with very little progress in reducing carbon compared to other sectors. The upcoming Transport Decarbonisation Plan, from the Department for Transport, promises to include ‘place-based solutions’ which help to reduce overall travel demand and increase the use of sustainable transport modes, alongside measures to encourage the switch to electric vehicles. But will these be ambitious enough?

A new report from the RTPI, carried out by LDA Design, City Science and Vectos, explores how different places can achieve an 80% reduction in surface transport emissions by 2030, as part of a pathway to net zero by 2050. This reflects the ambitious climate targets set by many local authorities in the North East and across the UK.

It shows why transport decarbonisation requires a radical change in planning: one which ensure that growth generates no new transport emissions, while enabling local authorities to deliver comprehensive measures that reduce travel demand and encourage modal shift. It argues that, through a place-based approach, spatial planning can rapidly reduce transport emissions while creating healthier, safer and more equitable communities.

The report demonstrates what this transformation could look like for typical places in the North East and across the country.

Join several of the report authors in a conversation with our Jan Bessell, Strategic Planning Advisor for Pinsent Masons LLP/member of the RTPI NE RAC to discuss the report and its implications for planning in the region.  


  • Spencer Powell, LDA Design -- Planning for net-zero: why we need a vision-led approach
  • Laurence Oakes-Ash, CEO, City Science -- Moving Quickly – Actions to Accelerate Change
  • Paul Curtis, Vectos -- Low Carbon Planning and Mobility Interventions. How do we prioritise?

Reading material

If you experience any problems when booking, please contact Kim Walker Regional Coordinator for assistance.