Sustainable, low carbon transport in emerging and developing economies

This Issues Brief of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) highlights the transport sector in countries with emerging and developing economies, noting that rapid urbanization is changing the transport sector in these countries. The Brief uses the example of auto industries in these contexts beginning to shift from the internal combustion engine to electric vehicles. It further highlights that the focus on transport has shifted away from moving goods and people to ensuring access to goods and services, and implementing a so-called “avoid‐shift‐improve” (ASI) approach. Such an approach promotes measures to improve existing forms of transport via technological improvements to make engines and fuels less carbon intensive.