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Energy Efficiency of Transport Sector in Bulgaria: analysis and Assessment of Key Indices and Trends


  • Hristina Nikolova

    () (University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria)

  • Tashko Minkov

    () (University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria)


Transport energy efficiency is now very close to the top of the political agenda in many countries. There is a widespread consensus that progress towards sustainable development is essential. However, there is considerable debate as to what this term means? One particular part of this debate concerns the role of transport as a major consumer of energy and a generator of pollution. The question is: can transport activity be planned and managed in such a way as to be more energy-efficient? This paper aims to explore the importance of transport energy efficiency for economic development of the country. It analyses different indicators and measures with particular emphasis on the energy consumption. The various paragraphs of this paper concentrate on the real problems which energy efficiency of transport present to policy-makers and assess the contribution that the analysis can make to handling more effectively respective considerations in transport decision making. The conclusion of the paper is aimed to provide a general background against which the new research may be set.

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  • Hristina Nikolova & Tashko Minkov, 2014. "Energy Efficiency of Transport Sector in Bulgaria: analysis and Assessment of Key Indices and Trends," Nauchni trudove, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria, issue 2, pages 97-140, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:nwe:natrud:y:2014:i:2:p:97-140

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    economic crisis; energy efficiency; energy consumption of transport; sustainable transport development;

    JEL classification:

    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General


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