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An economic perspective: The cost-effectiveness of carbon reduction measures in transport

Bristow, AL and Zanni, AM (2012) An economic perspective: The cost-effectiveness of carbon reduction measures in transport In: Transport and Sustainability. Emerald, pp. 225-259. ISBN 978-1-78052-440-5

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Abstract

Purpose

To examine the cost-effectiveness of UK government policy with respect to the mitigation of carbon emissions from the transport sector.

Methodology/approach

Existing policy as set out by the Department for Transport in Low Carbon Transport: A Greener Future is examined. This document elaborates a Low Carbon Transport Strategy intended to achieve annual emissions savings of 17.7 MtCO2 by 2020. A wide range of policy areas where further action could be taken to reduce carbon emissions are examined and their cost-effectiveness considered.

Findings

Measures that influence behaviour including smarter choices, eco-driving across modes, freight best practice and modest price increases are highly cost-effective. More cost-effective routes to saving 17.7 MtCO2 are identified, as are further cost-effective savings.

Originality/value

It appears that government targets could be delivered and indeed exceeded at lower cost than the Low Carbon Transport Strategy. However, policy development is influenced by a wide range of factors which help to explain why cost-effective measures are not always fully exploited.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Bristow, ALa.l.bristow@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Zanni, AMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 January 2012
Identification Number : 10.1108/S2044-9941(2012)0000002012
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2012 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited All rights of reproduction in any form reserved.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 13:52
Last Modified : 04 Oct 2017 08:42
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/840643

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