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A Behavioural Perspective on the Relationship Between Transport and Climate Change

Howarth, Candice and Ryley, T (2012) A Behavioural Perspective on the Relationship Between Transport and Climate Change In: Transport and Climate Change. Transport and Climate Change (Transport and Sustainability), 2 . Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 281-286. ISBN 978-1-78052-440-5

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To provide a behavioural perspective on the relationship between transport and climate change.


The factors influencing travel behaviour and the elements critical to behaviour formation are reviewed. The importance of behaviour change measures to reduce the impact of transport on climate change, and the application of behaviour change measures to increase the sustainability of transport, are examined.


There have been a range of travel behaviour measures implemented, such as individualised marketing programmes and travel plans, which have demonstrated some behavioural change impacts, in turn affecting climate change emissions, although they tend to be localised and small-scale.

Social implications

There is a real challenge to encourage individuals within society to exhibit more sustainable travel behaviour.


A range of behavioural issues still need to be resolved in terms of the relationship between transport and climate change, including a need to influence attitudes, to bridge the gaps between attitudes and both behaviour and intention, to make an impact at points of transition for individuals, to use cognitive dissonance as a way of harnessing social norms, and to understand more fully social pressure and group influence.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Ryley, T
Editors :
Chapman, L
Date : 1 January 2012
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Uncontrolled Keywords : Sustainable travel; behaviour change; attitude-behaviour gap; sustainability; climate change
Depositing User : Jane Hindle
Date Deposited : 13 Jul 2017 14:47
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 18:54

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