The role of public transport in reaching net-zero emissions
At COP26, the 2021 United Nations climate change conference, which took place in Glasgow, specialists urged countries to strengthen their emissions-cutting plans and encouraged them to set out long-term strategies by the end of next year to reach net-zero emissions.
COP26 had a dedicated “transport day,” which emphasizes the importance of transport in the battle with global warming. The transport sector is responsible for a quarter of CO2 emissions. Thankfully, the world already has all the tools required for bettering the situation. Data shows that using public transport instead of driving personal cars is one of the most effective actions that we can take to help stop global warming.
What can we do to reach net-zero emissions?
Advances in autonomous, electric, and data-driven technologies could reduce transport emissions by 80%. It will not be an exaggeration if we say that without advances in public transport, the world will not meet its climate objectives. So it is not surprising that cities embrace automation and electrification and include the public transport sector in their long-term strategies. It is now clear that if we want to reach net-zero emissions, we need to promote the use of public transport. And we can only do that by improving transit services.
The benefits of public transport automation are immense. For example, Automatic Vehicle Management System is a great tool for helping transit operators collect vehicle data. It improves the quality of their services and improves their fleet effectiveness. Automated Fare Collection System makes public transport much more accessible and user-friendly. It enables Account-Based Ticketing and acceptance of different payment media (smart cards, contactless bank cards, QR codes, NFC, Apple, and Google Pay). It also significantly shortens the time vehicles spend at stops while collecting fares. Public transport automation improves fleet effectiveness and thus allows the use of fewer vehicles on the ground. And fewer vehicles means less CO2 emissions.
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