Transport issues must be central to our approach to sustainable development
Transport issues must be central to our approach to sustainable development, and travel planning is by far the most cost effective intervention in reducing emissions from transport, Wales’ Sustainable Futures Commissioner Peter Davies told the first annual South East Wales Travel Planning Awards event on April 23rd 2013 at Cardiff City Hall.
Mr Davies said transport is responsible for 20 per cent of devolved emission targets, while transport infrastructure is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The Welsh Government’s Climate Change Strategy includes 13 transport measures addressing both mitigation and adaptation, including Sustainable Transport Centres, behaviour change initiatives, eco driving programmes, investment in rail services, buses, alternative fuels etc.
“Transport issues must be central to our approach to sustainable development – with the associated impacts on the economy, environment and social fabric,” he said.
“There is considerable research evidence, notably in work done for the Scottish Government that travel planning is by far the most cost effective intervention in reducing emissions from transport – combining travel planning at the workplace, schools and with individual households.
“I hope we can do more to support Sewta and the other regional transport partnerships in promoting travel planning and in spreading the word of the excellent examples that we are celebrating today.”
The free-to-attend Sewta awards event recognised and rewarded best practice and excellence in travel planning demonstrated by organisations in South East Wales. Bronze, silver or gold level certificates were presented to successful organisations which had achieved the required standard of excellence in travel planning.
As well as Peter Davies’s keynote speech representatives of award winning businesses, Lloyds TSB and the Intellectual Property Office also told about their experiences creating their own travel plans.
The event included a series of free training workshops which provided valuable advice, tips and best practice on travel planning, marketing and sustainable travel.
Exhibitors present, included Sustrans the UK leading sustainable transport charity, Traveline and Carbon Heroes who host the Welsh ShareCymru car share service.
Sewta, (the South East Wales Transport Alliance) which which co-ordinates transport strategy, plans and programmes for the 10 local councils of South East Wales offers businesses and organisations a comprehensive travel planning service through its specialist team.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, the Chair of Sewta, said:
“Sewta is playing a vital lead role in travel planning in South East Wales and employees of many firms and organisations and students at colleges throughout the region are reaping the benefits of our team’s work in promoting the advantages of offering sustainable alternatives to single-occupant daily car use.”