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The green industrial revolution: The need for a systems-led approach for transport

Holistic thinking is key to decarbonising transport

By Mike Bell  

This article is sponsored by Ricardo Plc

The UK government has laid out an ambitious 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. Before we look ahead to the transport elements of the plan, it’s useful to look back to the first Industrial Revolution which was successful but took centuries to develop. Rapid urbanisation, plus the expansion of agriculture, industry and trade—which fostered the UK’s high wage, cheap energy economy—provided the perfect environment for transformational technological innovations. These technologies eventually globalised, but at their outset were barely profitable and confined to the UK for many years, as they addressed…

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