Abstract for: Exploring applications of GMB to support decarbonising the transport sector

Global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continue to rise rapidly despite the urgency to address climate change. The stagnation is highly apparent in the transport sector which more than 95% of the energy consumed are from fossil fuels. Past studies have elucidated how interactive simulation and participatory approach can be effective in engaging community and inspire climate actions. We set up three workshops to explore how Group Model Building (GMB) can support the decarbonisation of the transport sector. We compared how the provision of a preliminary Causal Loop Diagram (CLD) and a computerised collaborative tool (IC-T) affected the groups and assessed the effects of GMB CCIC (communication quality, consensus forming, insights, and commitment) questionnaire. The results indicate GMB is a useful tool to support the decarbonisation of the transport sector. We report the positive effects of IC-T and how providing a preliminary CLD to the participants may lower the benefit of GMB. The exercises also highlight possible improvements to the process that should be considered in real-life implementation. We reflected on the setups of these pilot workshops and discussed the outcomes and future works. This study is a collaboration between the Global Carbon Project (GCP) and Global Teamwork Lab (GTL).