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Developing pathways to low carbon land based passenger transport in Great Britain by 2050

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posted on 01.09.2008, 15:21 by Abigail Bristow, Miles R. Tight, Alison Pridmore, Anthony D. May
The key aim of this paper is to examine strategic pathways to low carbon personal transport in Britain and to compare these with the current trajectory of transport policy. A 2050 baseline was established using trend information, forecasts and best evidence from the literature on response to policy intervention. A range of strategies are tested including: technological development, pricing, public transport and soft measures. We conclude that even dramatic technological advance cannot meet the more stringent targets for carbon reduction in the absence of considerable behavioural change. The most promising combinations of measures involve clear price signals to encourage both a reduction in the use of motorised transport and the development and purchase of more efficient vehicles; decarbonisation of public transport and facilitating measures to enhance access whilst reducing the need for motorised travel.

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BRISTOW, A.L. ... et al, 2008. Developing pathways to low carbon land based passenger transport in Great Britain by 2050. Energy Policy, 36(9), pp. 3427-3435 [doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2008.04.029]

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© Elsevier

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2008

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This is an article published in Energy Policy [© Elsevier]. The definitive version is available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03014215

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0301-4215

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en