Instead of driving to the shops or to work wouldn’t it make sense to have all amenities on your door step so that there would be no need to hop in your car?
This is the simple yet smart conclusion of a new report- Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change* which looks at past studies which assess the role of urban development in both contributing to and combatting climate change.
The key conclusion formed having analysed the various ways in which climate change can be tackled, or rather slowed down, is that ‘places’ should be built where people can easily get to without having to drive, thereby reducing vehicle emissions.
The RAC Foundation welcomes ideas to tackle climate change but would remind planners and developers that it is not feasible to expect people not to use their cars at all and that sufficient road networks are also required.
* research sponsored by: Urban Land Institute, National Center for Smart Growth, Smart Growth America and the Center for Clean Air Policy