In the coming decades nearly all of the world’s population growth will occur in cities, with urban populations expected to rise from 3.6 billion to over 6.3 billion in 2050, accounting for over half of the world’s population. According to the International Energy Agency, greenhouse gas emissions from transportation are expected to increase by 120% from 2000 to 2050, largely as a result of a projected three-fold increase in the number of cars worldwide.
Ensuring sustainable and equitable cities will require extraordinary transitions in transportation. Policies need to shift dependency from those that favor the polluting car towards those that are concentrated in reliable, convenient, and inclusive low-carbon solutions. For 30 years, the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) has been pioneering proven strategies that effectively mitigate emissions from urban transportation systems worldwide. Addressing climate change in the long-term will mean breaking down the barriers to building low carbon cities. ITDP believes that integrated urban places designed to bring people, activities, buildings, and public spaces together present a solution to mitigate climate change. Inclusive development is an essential foundation for long-term sustainability, equity, shared prosperity, and civil society in cities.
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