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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that the severe adverse impacts of climate change can only be avoided by a reduction of CO2 gases in the range of 50-60 percent by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. However, by 2030 carbon dioxide emissions from transportation are projected to rise by 60 percent. The majority of this CO2 increase will be in developing regions like China, India, and Southeast Asia.
While more energy efficient vehicles and cleaner fuels will play a role in reducing the negative effects of climate change, they will not provide enough of a decrease to reach international targets. Therefore, more fundamental transformations in the modes of transportation will be essential to decrease the severity of the climate change. ITDP works at all scales – metropolitan, national, and international – to initiate and support action toward more sustainable transportation, urban planning and design, and policy.