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Exploring strategic approaches towards a sustainable transport system

Potter, Stephen (2007). Exploring strategic approaches towards a sustainable transport system. In: International Conference and Annual Meeting of the Chinese Institute of Transportation, 4-6 Dec 2007, Taipei, Taiwan.

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This paper undertakes a ‘backcasting’ analysis exploring strategic approaches for overalsystems sustainability in personal transport. Starting from a robust definition of sustainability for the personal transport sector, the research examines the impact of combinations of transport technologies and changes in travel behaviour in reducing CO2 emissions towards a sustainable level. In doing this a simple equation model is used. This is purposely simple to
provide a tool developing understanding by anyone exploring transport’s sustainability challenges.

It is concluded that technical measures in isolation are likely to be ineffective and politically problematic. Equally, even substantial modal shift from car to public transport cannot on its own attain the sustainability target. A combined strategy of both technical
improvements and demand management addressing trip length, trip generation and modal share can deliver the necessary improvement, although the implementation of such a package
remains politically challenging.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Keywords: Transport policy; sustainability; transport technology; CO2 emissions
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 9945
Depositing User: Stephen Potter
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2020 20:44
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