Environment Sustainable Transport

MIT Energy Initiative report charts pathways for sustainable personal transportation

Sustainable Transport

Explores how individual travel decisions will be shaped by interactions between technologies, markets, business models, government policies, and consumer preferences.

  • Continued technological innovation must be accompanied by cross-sector policies and changes to consumer behavior to meet Paris Agreement targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
  • There is considerable opportunity for reducing emissions from personal mobility by improving powertrain efficiency and deploying alternative fuel vehicles in the coming decades.
  • Reducing the carbon intensity of the light-duty vehicle fleet contributes meaningfully to climate change mitigation goals
  • Early government support for alternative fuel vehicles and charging and fueling infrastructure can help launch a self-reinforcing trajectory of adoption.