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Energy Consumption and Carbon Dioxide Emissions of a Suburban Coastal Transport System


  • Paravantis, John
  • Sambracos, Evangelos
  • Ntanos, Stamatios


This paper explores energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of a coastal transport system envisioned as a substitute for road transport. Past work investigating the economics of coastal passenger transport via high-speed small passenger dolphin-type ferries has shown that the most profitable sea itinerary is achieved when fewer mid stops and the highest ticket price is applied. Road and maritime distances, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions were calculated for typical passenger cars and marine vessels. Although a ferry is a massive consumer of energy and emitter of CO2 compared to a single passenger car, the capacity of a ferry is much larger. The reduction that must be achieved in the number of cars per ferry trip in order to overcome the increase in CO2 emissions due to the ferry was estimated for various occupancy levels up to a capacity of 250 persons. Depending on the number of mid stops, high occupancy levels of the ferries must be achieved in order to realize a negative CO2 contribution to the atmosphere.

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  • Paravantis, John & Sambracos, Evangelos & Ntanos, Stamatios, 2008. "Energy Consumption and Carbon Dioxide Emissions of a Suburban Coastal Transport System," MPRA Paper 66438, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:66438

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    1. Kamarianakis, Yiannis & Prastacos, Poulicos, 2002. "Space-time modeling of traffic flow," ERSA conference papers ersa02p141, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Sambracos, Evangelos, 2002. "Investment Evaluation of a Suburban Coastal Transport System," MPRA Paper 54900, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Ellis, Jane & Treanton, Karen, 1998. "Recent trends in energy-related CO2 emissions," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 26(3), pages 159-166, February.
    4. Sambracos, Evangelos, 2000. "Exploring Operational problems of the goods supply chain in the Greek islands: Towards a reengineering of the system," MPRA Paper 54911, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Energy Consumption; Carbon Dioxide Emissions; Suburban Coastal Transport System;

    JEL classification:

    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes


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