Reducing personal mobility for climate change mitigation

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Abstract

In the high-mobility countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), many governments are seeking to reduce personal mobility, particularly car travel, for a variety of reasons. Reductions can be justified in general by concerns about global climate change, oil depletion and supply security, and traffic casualties. In urban areas, additional concerns are air pollution, traffic congestion, take-up of land by transport infrastructure, and quality of urban life. Similarly, a variety of technological approaches are possible for addressing these problems in the context of global warming mitigation. This chapter examines policies for mobility reduction, as these can have a significant impact on climate change mitigation. It mainly restricts itself to the high-mobility countries of the OECD, and uses four such countries (Australia, Japan, the UK, and the USA) as case studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Climate Change Mitigation
EditorsWei-Yin Chen, Toshio Suzuki, Maximilian Lackner
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer
Pages1071-1105
Number of pages35
Volume4
Edition2
ISBN (Electronic)9783319144092
ISBN (Print)9783319144085
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Active modes
  • Air travel
  • Australia
  • Buses
  • Cars
  • Cities
  • Coercive measures
  • Cycling
  • Environmentally friendly modes
  • Fuel costs
  • Future
  • Global climate change
  • Greenhouse gas
  • Information technology
  • International energy agency
  • Japan
  • Journey to work
  • Land use planning
  • Melbourne
  • Motoring costs
  • Netherlands
  • Non-motorized travel
  • Occupancy rate
  • OECD
  • Oil depletion
  • Personal mobility
  • Perth
  • Pro-environmental behavior
  • Public transport
  • Recycling
  • Road pricing
  • Telecommuting
  • Teleshopping
  • Tokyo
  • Traffic congestion
  • Trains
  • Trams
  • Transportation
  • Travel convenience
  • Travel demand management
  • Travel projections
  • Travel reduction
  • Travel speed
  • Travel time
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Urban density
  • Vehicles
  • Voluntary measures

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