Prof Peter Jones, University College London
Cities have received attention from researchers, planners and policy makers for the contributions they make to climate change, which poses a serious global threat. The shift towards net-zero greenhouse gas emission pathways is accelerating, as smart cities take on the leadership roles in optimising the green transition. Novel approaches towards carbon neutral cities require innovative actions toward low carbon transport networks, integrated mobility, multimodal hubs and inter-connection points. Examples of this approach are airport cities and port cities, where combining sustainability and smart mobility has great potential to immediately contribute to start driving the transition towards GHG-neutral aviation and waterborne transport, while adding knowledge to the decarbonisation process in cities and regions. The entire pathway relies on innovations, as they are critical to a low-carbon future; they are making our cities more liveable, lowering the impact on climate and improving local air quality with a direct benefit to health and wellbeing.