AVOID: The adverse impacts from internal combustion engines such as the emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants like carbon dioxide and black carbon can be avoided. Promoting non-motorised transport (NMT) – walking, cycling and other modes running on human energy – means making this inherently clean form of transport increasingly used to meet daily mobility needs. High density and integrated transport planning are crucial ingredients to raise the modal share of NMT in cities. UNEP works closely with partners to support governments in making investments in multi-modal sustainable transport systems.
SHIFT: UNEP activities aim to encourage the shift from automobiles to public transport and NMT, especially where there is heavy congestion, and also to prevent the shift from public transport and NMT to automobiles as income levels rise. The majority of the explosive growth in motor vehicles will take place in developing countries. To dampen the negative effects of rapid motorization, UNEP supports governments and partners in implementing policies, technologies and investments that lead to low-carbon, green transport on the ground.
Share the Road is the UNEP-led initiative that advocates a systematic inclusion on NMT infrastructure in urban road investments as a matter of policy. It combines the agendas for mitigating climate change, improving road safety and increasing accessibility to essential services by investing in NMT infrastructure. For more information…