WASD 2023

Reorienting the Transportation Sector to meet the Challenges of a Sustainable Future

WASD is very pleased to invite you to its International Conference aiming to bring together academics, universities/research institutions and private sectors from across the world to collaborate and reconnect with the discourse of Sustainable Development (SD).

We are hoping the conference will take place Face to Face and we are following and monitoring all the health and legal guidelines by the host country government but WASD is also making all necessary preparations for running the conference online if the global pandemic lockdown continues across the world. As a result of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, WASD Conferences during the last two years were organised successfully remotely via video conference technologies. In doing so, WASD will use the latest technology in video conferencing from London with participants from all-over the world connecting from homes. 

The conference program will be published two weeks before the conference date and will normally be tentative and subject to changes due to the large number of participants. For a sample program structure, please check our previous conferences programs.

Global warming is real! Global surface temperature has increased by 0.6o to 0.9o over the last century. More significantly, the rate of increase has more than doubled over the last 50 years. Indeed, current models are predicting an increase in the global surface temperature of between 2o and 6o by the end of the 21st century. About 33% of the impact on climate change comes from Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and around 17% from Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), while the majority of the rest comes from contrail cirrus clouds. Hence, considering that the levels of CO2 and Methane (CH4) in the atmosphere has increased by 38% and 148% respectively as of the year 2009 as compared to their levels at beginning of the industrial revolution in the year 1750, human activities have contributed significantly to the global warming of today. As a result, the world emits around 50 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases each year.

The overall picture is that almost three-quarters of emissions come from energy use, almost one-fifth from agriculture and land use and the remaining 8% from industry and waste. Currently transportation, with a share of around 16.4%, is a major contributors of energy-related emissions. This can further be broken down to road transportation contributing 12%, aviation 2%, shipping 1.7%, rail 0.4% and pipeline 0.3%. However, industry and transportation sectors are the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions with the industrial processes growing by 187% and transportation by 56% since the year 1990. Indeed, aviation industry alone is predicted to produce around 40% of all global emissions by the year 2050.

When talking about emissions, one should also not only consider the transportation vehicle fuel consumption alone, but the whole industrial ecosystem from fuel production through manufacturing and other industrial processes to airport infrastructure. Additionally, consumer habits can generate unsustainable demands that the industry had to respond to in order to survive as a business. Therefore, left unchecked, sustainability footprints of the transportation industry ecosystem can present a serious challenge to our planet and way of life.

Target audience: To address the different topics in the conference, WASD is calling upon researchers from academia, industry and business to come together in this conference to present their latest research findings, plans for meeting the challenges ahead for the transport industry and exchange ideas for the roadmap for a sustainable future for our planet and achieving the UN SDGs. Other participants in the conference include: UN agencies, NGOs, civil society groups, women, youth, students, private sector, SMEs, government officials and agencies, policy makers, consultants and other stakeholders from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss recent developments and current challenges in both theory and practice. You can browse sample of  our previous speakers here