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Modelling transport emissions in an uncertain future: What actions make a difference?

Craglia, M and Cullen, J (2020) Modelling transport emissions in an uncertain future: What actions make a difference? Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 89. ISSN 1361-9209

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Abstract

© 2020 Elsevier Ltd A range of technology and policy actions can be put in place to reduce carbon emissions from passenger cars, this paper aims to prioritise between them, based on their likely impact and uncertainty. Formal sensitivity analysis techniques are used for the first time to determine the relative importance of factors affecting future emissions from passenger vehicles in Great Britain. The two most important actions to limit future life-cycle CO2 emissions involve shifting to electric vehicles and limiting trends towards larger and more powerful vehicles. According to our analysis over 80% of the uncertainty in future cumulative CO2 emissions can be attributed to uncertainty in electric vehicle uptake and vehicle size and power. These variables are a priority for transport policy makers. The analysis also highlights variables of comparatively low importance; these include the share of hybrid electric vehicles, the Rebound Effect and the utilisation factor of PHEVs.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div A > Energy
Div E > Sustainable Manufacturing
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2020 22:46
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2021 01:09
DOI: 10.1016/j.trd.2020.102614