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 11: Transport and the environment

Andre Neves

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


Transport has been essential in the development of the post-industrial society. Modern lifestyles and the economic growth of the last decades have relied extensively on the fact that transport enables people and goods to move fast, long distances and at affordable prices. These new patterns of mobility are, however, becoming increasingly associated with impacts on the environment. The transport sector is one of the main sectors responsible for the increase in emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and the subsequent impacts on climate change. Moreover, demand for transport and travel behaviour choices together with the increase in transport infrastructure have been associated with other environmental impacts such as the increase in air pollution and noise exposure, changes in land use, fragmentation of habitats or effects on biodiversity and wildlife among others (EEA, 2009). This chapter examines the transport sector’s impact on the environment and the challenges in moving towards a more sustainable transport system and to low carbon mobility. The first section examines how and to what extent the transport sector has negative effects on the environment.

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