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Pathways to Decarbonisation

Our Mobility and Transport NUCoRE team aims to reduce harmful emissions.

Transport is a main enabler of economic and social prosperity. But it has also directly contributed to the significant rise in greenhouse emissions.

We need a radical approach to tackle the global climate emergency and achieve the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals. We must remove transport’s dependency on fossil fuels. We need a behavioural reset on how society uses and accesses mobility solutions. The developing net zero and decarbonisation agendas aim to address these issues.

Via this theme, we’ll develop meaningful contributions to global decarbonisation efforts. This will include:

  • building on the multidisciplinary strengths at Newcastle University
  • working across faculties building on analytical and behavioural strengths to develop methodologies
  • creating methods and tools to design, assess and deliver decarbonisation strategies
  • designing policies and strategies that can help achieve transport decarbonisation
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We can apply quantitative and qualitative analytical approaches to understand societal habit changes. For example, working arrangements, online shopping and perceptions such as acceptance of climate emergency.

Another key aspect is the role of infrastructure in its broadest sense. For example:

  • resilience to extreme weather events
  • digital infrastructure supporting changes in habits
  • energy infrastructure requirements to deliver electrification of mobility
  • changing urban form enabling active travel
  • role of novel materials in developing infrastructure with a lower carbon content
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This theme is closely related to our other two themes. It also relates to complementary NUCoREs including:

  • Energy
  • Data
  • Cities
  • Climate and Environmental Resilience