Net zero: How solutions like EVs and powering jets with animal fats can help our planet

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From sustainable aviation fuel to electric vehicles, here are green solutions for the future of travel

Close your eyes and listen to the bustling sounds of traffic. Our roads will get quieter in coming years, as more electric vehicles replace their petrol-guzzling counterparts.

Now look to the skies. The airplane flying overhead could be powered by fuel partly derived from used cooking oil and agricultural waste.

A revolution in clean transport is underway, as governments, companies and consumers take on climate change.

“Climate change has become a pressing concern as we see food, water and land security being threatened by the increase in frequency and severity of natural disasters,” says Ms Juliet Teo, head of transportation & logistics, Temasek.

How we commute is a key area that demands urgent action as the transport sector relies more heavily on fossil fuels than any other.

Globally, transport accounted for 37 per cent of carbon emissions by end-use sectors in 2021, said the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA).

Last year, the IEA warned that the worldwide transport sector is not on track to meet its net-zero target, which requires a 20 per cent reduction in emissions to less than 6 billion tonnes by 2030.

Net-zero carbon emissions refer to the state where the amount of man-made carbon emissions produced equals the amount removed from the atmosphere.

“Collective and collaborative efforts are required from governments, businesses and consumers to transit towards clean transportation and mitigate the effects of climate change,” says Ms Teo. “This transition will benefit everyone and better prepare us for the future.”

How do we get to the future of clean transport?

Drivers of change: On the road

Today, electric vehicles (EVs) generate about half the emissions of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, estimates the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA). 

If all local light vehicles such as passenger cars go electric, carbon emissions will be reduced by up to 2 mill...

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