Moving Towards Low Carbon Mobility

Moving Towards Low Carbon Mobility

Edited by Moshe Givoni and David Banister

The transport sector has been singularly unsuccessful in becoming low carbon and less resource intensive. This book takes an innovative and holistic social, cultural and behavioural perspective, as well as covering the more conventional economic and technological dimensions, to provide a more complete understanding of the mobility and transport system and its progress towards high carbon mobility.

Chapter 2: Mobility cultures

Eda Beyazit

Subjects: economics and finance, environmental economics, transport, environment, climate change, environmental economics, transport, urban and regional studies, transport


The start of the twenty-first century is marked by high levels of mobility: people, capital, finance, technology, commodities, ideas and information as well as risks and disasters are increasingly recognized as being ‘on the move’. As noted in Chapter 1, more people are travelling further to reach places of employment, education, health, leisure and other activities and there is a general consensus on the need for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, especially from transport. Strategies are being developed by governments and especially by companies in the energy and automobile sector in order to overcome the consequences of this situation. However, the main criticism towards this approach is that such measures solely cannot reduce the negative impacts of transport on climate, and more drastic changes are required. Banister (2008) proposes the sustainable mobility paradigm as a way forward to solving the problems that we are facing, arguing that there is a crucial need for a change especially in the way in which people travel and how much they travel. In the above context, the purpose of this chapter is to understand the role of the culture of performing mobilities in influencing the way in which people travel and how much they travel, and to find out whether there is a need to reformulate our ‘mobility cultures’ in order to build a low carbon society. First, the new mobilities paradigm is briefly reviewed.

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