— A special miniseries —

The Future of Transport

Some of the greatest advancements and best minds of their time created the locomotives, automobiles, ship engines and airplanes that fuelled the industrial revolution and transformed the ability of humans to trade and travel across vast distances. With a few technological improvements over time, these same modes of transport and travel still underpin the global economy in 2020. 

Whilst these forms of transport are more efficient today than when they were invented, mainly in the 1800s, their reliance on fossil fuels puts the transport sector and humanity in danger.  The continued use of fossil fuels in the transportation sector contaminates the air we breathe, the land and the ocean and is the major cause of climate change. Nearly 30% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from burning fossil fuels to power our cars, trains, ships, trucks and airplanes. We have to radically change it all. 

Over the next few months, this Outrage + Optimism investigative series on The Future of Transport will explore how the transport sector can shift from a growing problem, causing irreparable damage to the wellbeing of people and planet, to clean up at a systemic level, and become a beacon of hope.



This is our second episode of an Outrage + Optimism investigative series on The Future of Transport. There’s no denying that for over a century, fossil fuels have played a key role in humanity’s progress. But at a cost. They account for two-thirds of global greenhouse-gas emissions, and the pollution from burning them kills more than 4 million people a year.

So in a year where cars sat unused, and oil prices crashed…what is the future of fuels? We know that in order to meet the Paris Agreement, we need to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030. Because even though COVID-19 is expected to reduce energy-related CO2 emissions by 7% this year, we need massive changes in how we move people and things.

So will we see the end of the internal combustion engine? How will the world go electric? Can hydrogen scale to meet our energy demands? Our hosts Tom Rivett-Carnac, Christiana Figueres and Paul Dickinson pull out the roadmap to a zero-emission future, hit the road looking for answers to a decarbonized transport sector with experts who are in the driver’s seat.


This series is sponsored by NESTE.

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Ramez Naam
Angel Investor, Clean Energy Advocate and Author
Monica Araya
Transport Lead, COP26 Climate Champions
Mary Nichols
Chair of California Air Resources Board
Alejandro Agag
CEO at EXTREME E & Chairman of Formula E
Craig Knight
Co-founder of HYZON Motors
Sara Forni
Senior Manager, Clean Vehicles at Ceres
Robert Llewellyn
Writer, actor and host of Fully Charged

More Episodes in Miniseries

COMING SOON: January 2021
The Future of Ocean Transport
COMING SOON: February 2021
The Future of Urban Transport



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