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Communication 1: Can green infrastructure development in cities be equitable? An eclectic review of Dundee City’s electric vehicles strategy

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conference contribution
posted on 2021-03-15, 21:22 authored by Ayodele Asekomeh, Obindah Gershon, Smith I. Azubuike
Dundee City has been successful in installing green infrastructure for charging electric vehicles (EVs). This intervention apparently matches the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of affordable clean energy (7), sustainable cities and communities (11) and climate action (13). Local authorities can align interventions with SDGs according to needs. Thus, we undertake an eclectic examination of the elements of the plan against the city’s peculiar socio-economic environment, questioning whether the EV plan is equitable for the city’s residents. Equitability may be either the complementarity and benefits of the strategy from the obvious lenses of SDGs 7, 11 and 13 or the alignment or otherwise of the EV strategy with the other SDGs. We note that the EV strategy achieves some equitability but does not fully address all inequalities. Although this approach could be adopted by smaller, similar or bigger cities, we recommend that local priorities should be ranked to improve alignment with SDGs.