Do we have to choose between environment and economy?
Many challenges exist for the transport sector – spanning from its dependence on oil, the prevelance of carbon emission, the costs of maintaining large-scale transport infrastructure, congestion on many parts of the network and so on. Job creation is often in the foreground when calling for more (road) transport infrastructure. But is the creation of transportation infrastruture the best approach to job creation? Can the above mentioned problems be dealt with constructively by expanding road transport infrastructure? Should we give up when looking at the impact of transport on climate gas emissions for the sake of job creation?
The EU-funded Interreg North Sea project CARE-North-plus (“Low carbon transport strategies for the North Sea Area”) shared some provocative concepts about alternative approaches to mobility infrastructure, economic stability and job creation at the "Transportation Transformation" event in the European Parliament in Brussels on February 12th, 2014. This dialogue contributed to the stimulation of a political debate about mobility and transport models of the future. The event was held in cooperation with the MEP Michael Cramer, Speaker for the Green Party in the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN).
Speakers, from left to right: Christian Byrith (Head of the North Sea Region Programme Secretariat), Prof. Jeff Kenworthy (Professor at CUSP in Perth and University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt), Dr. Joachim Lohse (Minister for the Environment, Construction and Transport in Bremen), Michael Glotz-Richter (Senior advisor for sustainable mobility and coordinator of CARE-North plus, City of Bremen), Michael Cramer (MEP, Speaker of the Green Party in the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and Prof. John Whitelegg (Professor of Sustainable Development in the Stockholm Environment Institute in York and Professor of Sustainable Transport in Liverpool).
All for the presentations and pictures of the event can be seen/downloaded from Gallery and below, in the attachments section.