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Green transport is a category of sustainable transport which uses human power, animal power and renewable energy. In common usage public transport is considered a green transport option in comparison with private vehicles, as is car pooling. But some people prefer a definition that does not include public transport or vehicle movements which relies on non-renewable energy.

Green transport includes:

  • walking
  • cycling and some other types of human-powered transport
  • Green vehicles
    • solar powered vehicles
    • wind powered vehicles

Often there can be a sliding scale of green transport depending on the sustainability of the option. Public transport on traditional diesel buses uses less fuel per passenger than private vehicles so is more green than private vehicles, but is not as green as using a solar powered bus. It can often be useful to talk about moving a community towards the ultimate green mode transport outcomes - instead of declaring that they are there if they cross a particular sustainability threshold. Walking across sensitive environments can often cause considerable damage and so is not always the greenest option.

Green transportation is for reducing the environmental damage originated in individual's use of cars and light trucks.

More info about GREEN TRANSPORT:

  1. European Commission: Transport
  2. Green Paper on Urban Transport
  3. Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - Greening Transport
  4. Greening transport - new Commission package to drive the market towards sustainability
  5. Green Paper TEN-T policy review. Towards a better integrated trans-European transport network at the service of the common transport policy
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 February 2009 )