Innovation by Nabil Nasr
Industrial Engineer's quarterly column about sustainability and innovation (September 2012)
The sustainable mobility connection
Sustainable mobility – defined by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development as “... mobility that meets the needs of society to move freely, gain access, communicate, trade and establish relationships without sacrificing other essential human or ecological requirements today or in the future” – is widely seen as the long-term solution for economic and ecological issues with fossil-fuel-based transportation. Sustainable mobility embraces renewable alternative fuels (e.g., ethanol, compressed natural gas and hydrogen), mass and public transportation (e.g., light rail, maglev trains), and promising new vehicle power sources (e.g., fuel cells, advanced batteries and ultra-capacitors).
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