Transportation and the Environment

Posted: 5 Nov 2011

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David Banister

University of Oxford

Karen Anderton

University of Oxford

David Bonilla

University of Oxford

Moshe Givoni

University of Oxford

Tim Schwanen

University of Utrecht

Date Written: November 2011

Abstract

The growth of CO-intensive transport, mobility and the impact of transport on the environment are reviewed. The recent global exponential growth in transport is unsustainable and must end unless the transport sector can decarbonize. The paper examines solutions for low-carbon transport systems; the behavioral options; possible demand reduction; the role of innovative technologies; and the means by which international agreements on pricing, standards, and regulations can be effectively used. Transport brings enormous benefits to society, and it has been instrumental in the globalization of the world economy, with substantial capital investments in its material infrastructure. Transport governance also needs rethinking to understand the major challenges, to implement major policy changes, and to address the problems of fragmented decision making. Holistic approaches, using ideas from transition management and niche development, are proposed as a framework within which both technological innovation and new patterns of travel and trade can be brought about.

Suggested Citation

Banister, David and Anderton, Karen and Bonilla, David and Givoni, Moshe and Schwanen, Tim, Transportation and the Environment (November 2011). Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 36, pp. 247-270, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1955062 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-032310-112100

David Banister (Contact Author)

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Karen Anderton

University of Oxford

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Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
United Kingdom

David Bonilla

University of Oxford

Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
United Kingdom

Moshe Givoni

University of Oxford

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Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
United Kingdom

Tim Schwanen

University of Utrecht

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Netherlands

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