City regions in the UK have the opportunity to address the escalating climate crisis by making connections between the transport, energy and built environment sectors.
That is the key message of a new report from the Urban Transport Group, the network of city region transport authorities in the UK.
It represents seven strategic transport bodies including Greater Manchester (Transport for Greater Manchester), Liverpool City Region (Merseytravel), London (Transport for London), Sheffield City Region (South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive), Tyne and Wear (Nexus), West Midlands (Transport for West Midlands) and West Yorkshire (West Yorkshire Combined Authority). The Urban Transport Group is also a wider professional network with associate members in Strathclyde, Bristol and the West of England, Tees Valley, Nottingham and Northern Ireland.
The report - Making the connections on climate – draws together examples of the links that can be made on climate at the city region level between transport and energy and between transport and the decarbonisation and adaptation of property.
Projects include hydro-powered transport interchanges, homes heated by waste heat from underground rail, green bus depots and urban pocket parks.
The report features case studies from areas like Nottingham and Munich that highlight the way municipal ownership of public transport and utlities has enabled city authorities to be bolder in the pursuit of decabonisation.
Stephen Edwards, chair of the Urban Transport Group and executive director of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, said: “The scale and urgency of the climate crisis we are facing, and the actions it requires, can often seem overwhelming.
“This report seeks to give professionals in city region transport authorities a sense of agency, and source of inspiration, on practical measures that can be taken to join the dots between transport projects, energy efficiency and adaptation to a changing climate. It also points the way to how cities can scale up on the connections they can make to deliver more comprehensive climate wins for cities.”