#TIL: For Blue Skies: Avoid-Shift-Improve!

By Snehil Singh

As blue skies become the new normal, the COVID-19 crisis has reinforced the importance of a sustainable world. The crash in world crude oil prices and the reduction in air pollution worldwide are driving conversations on how the ongoing pandemic can be used as a catalyst to get cities worldwide to move on the path of sustainability.

To continue efforts to make cities efficient, safe and livable in the post-COVID world, sustainable transportation is imperative and various urban and transport planning approaches are already being considered by countries. One such people-centered approach is the Avoid -Shift-Improve (ASI) framework.

Image Description: The Avoid-Shift-Improve Framework
Image Description: The Avoid-Shift-Improve Framework

What is the A-S-I Framework?

ASI is a widely used framework for adapting sustainable transportation and alternative mobility solutions. The A-S-I approach was initially developed in the early 1990s in Germany and serves as a way to structure policy measures to reduce the environmental impact of transport and thereby improve the quality of life in cities. It is focused on the demand side and offers a holistic approach for a sustainable transport system design.

The A-S-I approach encompasses the following three:

The evolving and shifting trends in consumer behaviours, increased environmental sensitivity through switching to electric vehicles and other renewable sources of energy, are already bringing in the transition to more sustainable and efficient transport modes. Another example of such transition can be seen in the sharing economy that allows real time demand and supply, thereby reducing underutilisation of assets and need for private vehicle ownership .

In India, national policies such as the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan, 2020 (NEMMP), Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME-II), Smart City Mission schemes provide unique opportunities for adoption of green technologies such as electric vehicles to create shared, energy efficient, clean, and connected mobility systems.

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