Net Zero Transport Neighbourhoods

Using spatial planning and place-based strategy to decarbonise transport and deliver well-functioning environments.

SESSION: Friday 11th March, 2:50pm - 3:20pm
Gemma Dioni

This presentation will demonstrate how a place-based approach applied in Ōtautahi will deliver net zero transport neighbourhoods and create communities that are healthier, happier, and more resilient.

The latest IPCC report states that global warming of 1.5°C and 2°C will be exceeded unless deep reductions in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions occur in the coming decades.

Transport is the largest contributor to Aotearoa carbon emissions. There has been little progress in decarbonisation of the transport sector, and large-scale transport projects increasing capacity on our road networks continue.

Whilst technological based mobility solutions and the electrification of the fleet may assist in getting to net zero, doing the same things differently (driving electric vehicles) isn't the overall solution to the problem.

A more strategic, spatially based approach would increase transport options and access, decrease emissions and lead to the greatest transformation in how we use space in our towns and cities. With a focus on regenerative systems and design, aligning land-use and transport, we can plan and design places to maximise accessibility, deliver new and affordable homes, and connect with nature through low impact multi-functional green infrastructure and urban agriculture. Living locally and making smart transport choices is the behaviour change needed to reduce surface transport emissions.

A spatial plan to restructure rail-side suburbs of Ōtautahi from Middleton to Waltham, overlaid with a place-based approach with interventions from the 'Sustainable Accessibility and Mobility Framework' (Vectos, 2021), will demonstrate how a vision for a net zero transport neighbourhood, with all its benefits, can be achieved in Aotearoa

Presented By

Gemma Dioni