Our Common Future was a landmark document, as it placed sustainable development firmly at the centre of the debate over the future of the planet—and it has stood the test of time. This chapter has two main parts. The first reflects on the main arguments embedded in Our Common Future, commenting on whether they are still relevant today and whether actions have matched expectations. The outcomes over the last 30 years have not all been positive, and we have made little or no progress towards sustainable development, even though there have been some positive signs. The second part takes a forward look to the next 30 years to see whether the same objectives are still relevant and to outline four issues that will define sustainable development going forwards. The agenda is even more formidable than it was in the past, but is it still achievable?
Edited by Moshe Givoni and David Banister
Moshe Givoni and David Banister
Robin Hickman and David Banister
This chapter examines the potential contribution of the transport sector to environmental sustainability. It has three parts: first, the scale of the challenge is outlined, including current levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other impacts. Second, we discuss the need for visions for sustainable transport, including scenario building, addressing environmental limits, and the sustainable mobility paradigm. We speculate how visioning and scenarios might become more central to decision-making. This would allow forward-looking strategies and programmes, focused on the achievement of long-term policy objectives, to be developed more effectively. A wide range of policy measures can be utilised in strategy development, including Avoid, Shift and Improve measures. Finally, we reflect on the implications of such a revised approach for research and practice, including resolving issues of constrained space, capacity and prioritisation between modes. Transport planning can be developed as a participatory and deliberative process, providing access to transport and activities for all.