Rehan Shaikh

The role of transport in creating “the coolest little low-carbon capital”.

Transportation is a basic need, but the industrial revolution, which brought with it significant changes in modes of transport, was powered by fossil fuels which add CO2 to the atmosphere, trapping heat reflected from the earth’s surface.

In New Zealand buildings are serviced largely by renewable electricity, whereas road transport produces more than 40% of total CO2 emissions. Many transport ideas seem to focus on new technologies but transport is also a result of built environment choices and behaviour changes. How much difference could these options make in developing workable transport for a low-carbon city?

It can be achieved though available and affordable technology and simple changes in behaviour. We don’t need to change our cars, we just need to change our minds.


Prof. Robert Vale.