There are several aspirations that make up sustainable transport. It should be inclusive, safe, clean, healthy and decarbonised. Each of these aspects are connected: for a transport solution to be sustainable, it must consider all of them. Some of them Scania is handling head-on and others mainly through partnerships and dialogue.
Transport must be inclusive
Transport should be accessible to all, including users for whom access to current transport systems may be restricted for any reason. Transport solutions could also be designed for equality of access when it comes to gender.
Transport should be safe
Transport should be safe not only for drivers and transport users but also all other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and other road vehicles. The concept of safety should extend beyond physical safety: for example, it should be safe for women to use public transport without fear of harassment. If a transport solution is either unsafe for certain groups to use, or perceived to be so, it is not accessible to all.
Transport should be clean
Transport should minimise polluting emissions. Sustainable transport can also contribute to a cleaner environment by providing uses for products and materials that would otherwise go to waste – for example, by using agriculture waste to create biofuels. Products should be designed and manufactured in a way that minimises waste at every stage of the product lifecycle.
Transport should be healthy
Transport solutions should minimize harm to health. Less polluting vehicles contribute to a cleaner environment that is less harmful to human health, particularly in urban areas. Sustainable fuels such as biofuels can also contribute to human health by improving soil quality and access to clean water. Sustainable transport can also contribute to mental health by alleviating stress and other conditions associated with traffic noise, congestion and overcrowding.
Transport should be decarbonised
Finally, for the transport system to be sustainable, it must be decarbonised. This involves breaking the system’s dependency on fossil fuels by switching to other energy sources such as electrification and renewable fuels. It also involves engineering for better energy efficiency and providing real-time data to make transport flows more efficient. Decarbonising transport at the speed and scale required by the Paris Agreement demands rapid and widespread transport and energy infrastructure changes – a shift that calls for bold, coordinated action across the entire transport ecosystem.