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Media opportunity: Dalhousie project will measure GHG emissions in the municipal transportation sector with $3.6‑million grant from climate action fund
Researchers at Dalhousie University are leading an important project that will determine how much greenhouse gas is emitted daily within the transportation sector -- information that is vital to the federal government's stated goal of reaching net-zero by 2050.
The project, being led by Dr. Ahsan Habib, a professor in Dalhousie's School of Planning, aims to understand greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the municipal level by collecting data in fine detail. Monitoring emissions at this level will have significant impacts on climate mitigation strategies and allow municipalities to establish benchmarks.
Data will be collected from so-called people movement -- how we get around, by what means, at what time of day and for what reasons. It will also look at goods movement, including online shopping habits and how products move in cities as part of the overall transportation sector, which contributes 23 per cent of the overall GHG emissions in Canada.
The project was awarded $3.6 million over five years after being selected as a recipient of Canada’s Climate Action and Awareness Fund.
Dr. Habib is available to discuss the research and possible ways to reduce transportation emissions, such as investing in public or active transportation and making it easier for people to work from home.
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