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|Title: ||An exploration of household response to personal travel carbon reduction targets|
|Authors: ||Tight, Miles R.|
Bristow, Abigail L.
May, Anthony D.
|Issue Date: ||2007|
|Publisher: ||© Talylor & Francis|
|Citation: ||TIGHT, M.R. ... et al, 2007. An exploration of household response to personal travel carbon reduction targets. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 1(3), pp. 143-159|
|Abstract: ||Transport is currently responsible for around a quarter of the UK’s total anthropogenic CO2
emissions and this proportion is projected to increase. The transport sector will undoubtedly
need to play a significant role in achieving carbon reductions if the Government is to meet its
ambitious long term goal of a 60% reduction by 2050. This paper examines current carbon
use by households for personal land-based transport and considers how feasible it would be to
change that use over the period up to 2050 in the UK. It provides a unique insight into how
much and in what way households and individuals may be willing to adapt their transport
behaviour to achieve carbon reductions.
A computer based transport carbon calculator was developed to investigate individual
households’ CO2 emissions from various modes based on travel diary information. This
formed the focus of a series of interactive interviews in which participants were asked to
consider how their future low carbon transport strategy could look. Households’ views on
various abatement measures were explored, including technological change in vehicle design
or fuel source and behavioural change through, for instance, traffic restraint and investment in
Overall, a 40% reduction in carbon emissions was seen to be feasible through a combination
of behavioural change measures and a realistically achievable degree of technological
improvement, falling well short of the UK government’s goal of a 60% reduction. Through
changes in behaviour alone the households involved could only achieve around a 20% cut in
carbon emissions – seemingly a threshold beyond which further reductions will be difficult
and may necessitate significant lifestyle change.|
|Description: ||This article was published in the journal, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation [© Taylor & Francis]. The definitive version is available at: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/15568318.asp|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Civil and Building Engineering)|
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