Compact Cities Electrified: United States

January 2024


Addressing the climate crisis will require rapid, sustained transformation in every country and every sector of industrial activity. In The Compact City Scenario – Electrified report, researchers from ITDP and the University of California, Davis (with support from the ClimateWorks Foundation) modeled the global changes that will be necessary to decarbonize urban passenger transport.

The team found that only through vehicle electrification and modal shift combined can urban transport emissions be reduced enough to limit global warming to less than 1.5°C. While this original report was both global and regional, ITDP is now producing a series of country-specific Compact Cities Electrified reports that leverage regional contexts and data to outline various scenarios for the future of urban transport. The third report in the series takes a closer look at four highly ambitious, but feasible, scenarios for the next few decades of the US’ urban transport sector.

Among the four scenarios — Business-As-Usual, High Electrification, High Shift, and Electrification + Shift — the brief finds that only an Electrification + Shift approach can help US cities effectively lower transport emissions.


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