Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this article or follow this journal

New technologies and their potential to reduce the environmental impact of transportation

Contents:

Author Info

  • Gwilliam, Kenneth M.
  • Geerlings, Harry
Registered author(s):

    Abstract

    This paper is based on a study to provide the European Commission recommendations on the priorities for research and development in transport technologies and other related areas in technologies. The paper provides a synthesis of the findings of five studies and elucates the interactions between technology, transport, and environment. The first partdescribes the different types of environmental impact of transport, e.g., global and local pollution, quality of life aspects, and resource utilisation. We argue that the environmental problem remains hitherto unresolved because very few of the technological possibilities are without some accompanying disadvantages. Four so called trade-offs are distinguished. The potential technological advances are described for five clusters of technologies and the picture that emerges from the assessment of these technologies is complex: some impacts can be reduced substantially by rapid diffusion of best practice technology, further technological developments can be envisaged that will reduce the adverse impacts of transport on the environment, other improvements need a longer timescale and are more speculative so that a policy concentrating solely on research and development support is not enough. It is improbable that a technological break through will take place on the short term. A sophisticated appreciation is proposed of those time scales and balances and a strategy. This involves a whole range of instruments capable not only of getting the best technology and getting the best out of the technology, but also of controlling the use of technology to ensure that environmental standards are not irrevocably damaged while we wait for a "technological fix" that is unlikely to arrive in time.

    Download Info

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
    File URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6VG7-466FHBN-D/2/cea5af370aebceef0a6ce381a9f3ca85
    Download Restriction: Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

    Bibliographic Info

    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.

    Volume (Year): 28 (1994)
    Issue (Month): 4 (July)
    Pages: 307-319

    as in new window
    Handle: RePEc:eee:transa:v:28:y:1994:i:4:p:307-319

    Contact details of provider:
    Web page: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/547/description#description

    Order Information:
    Postal: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/supportfaq.cws_home/regional
    Web: https://shop.elsevier.com/order?id=547&ref=547_01_ooc_1&version=01

    Related research

    Keywords:

    References

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as in new window

    Cited by:
    1. repec:dgr:uvatin:1997181 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. van Veen-Groot, Danielle B. & Nijkamp, Peter, 1999. "Globalisation, transport and the environment: new perspectives for ecological economics," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(3), pages 331-346, December.
    3. Chris Birchenhall & Paul Windrum, 2014. "Global Warming: Technology, Preferences and Policy," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, vol. 234(2-3), pages 366-387, April.
    4. Cees Gorter & Sytze A. Rienstra, 1997. "Factors influencing the Composition of the Urban Transport System in the Year 2030 - A Panel Analysis of Experts' Opinions," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 96-181/5, Tinbergen Institute.
    5. repec:dgr:uvatin:2096181 is not listed on IDEAS

    Lists

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eee:transa:v:28:y:1994:i:4:p:307-319. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Zhang, Lei).

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.