Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

ITF Transport Outlook 2017

The ITF Transport Outlook provides an overview of recent trends and near-term prospects for the transport sector at a global level, as well as long-term prospects for transport demand to 2050, for freight (maritime, air and surface), passenger transport (car, rail and air) and CO2 emissions.

This edition looks at how the main policy, economic and technological changes since 2015, along with other international developments (such as the Sustainable Development Goals), are shaping the future of mobility, and presents alternative policy scenarios for long-term trends in transport demand and CO2 emissions from all transport modes, freight and passenger. A special focus on accessibility in cities also highlights the role of policies in shaping sustainable transport systems that provide equal access to all.

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Policy Insights

  • The 2016 Paris climate agreement must be translated into concrete actions for the transport sector.
  • Policy will need to embrace and respond to disruptive innovation in transport.
  • Reducing CO2 from urban mobility needs more than better vehicle and fuel technology.
  • Targeted land-use policies can reduce the transport infrastructure needed to provide more equitable access in cities.
  • Governments need to develop planning tools to adapt to uncertainties created by changing patterns of consumption, production and distribution.

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