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About the paper
This talk will detail the current plans to reduce emissions in transport and illustrate the uphill struggle that the nation faces to achieve it. The roles that electric vehicles and biofuels will play in this transition will also be explored. The urgency and ambition of the plans will be discussed and the likelihood that these plans will be achieved given several past failures. Transport in Ireland is at a cross-roads, should we continue as normal but just electrify or should we seek system change and take back our cities from private vehicles and congest them with pedestrians and cyclists instead.
About the Speaker
Dr Brian Caulfield is an Associate Professor and Head of Discipline in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin. He has been active in transport research for over 10 years and to date has attracted €3.8m in research funding from both National and EU funding sources. His research focuses upon the optimisation of transportation networks with the goal of reducing emissions and meeting our climate change targets.
In 2017, he addressed the Irish Citizens Assembly on Climate Change, providing evidence on what low carbon transport options Ireland could adopt to meet emission reduction targets and in 2020 provided evidence to the Climate Change Advisory Authority on transport and climate change. In 2021, he addressed the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Action twice on this this topic. He is currently a member of the steering group for the update and renewal of the Greater Dublin Area transport strategy for the National Transport Authority.
Dr Caulfield has published 80 peer-reviewed journal papers on the topic of transportation and is an Editor of Transport Policy (Impact factor: 4.674) and a Senior Editor of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (Impact factor: 14.982).