The impacts of climate change on the national freight sector

David Jaroszweski*

*Corresponding author for this work

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4 Citations (Scopus)


Purpose – The UK road freight sector is an example of an economically important sector that can be viewed from two different perspectives with regards to climate change: firstly, as a significant contributor to the problem in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, and secondly as a likely recipient of significant impacts (both positive and negative) of any resulting change in climate, especially any increase in extreme weather. It is this relatively neglected second perspective, freight as a vulnerable sector, which is explored. Methodology/approach – The way in which the freight sector develops in the future will be explored both in terms of the future type of freight operations and potential changes in vehicle technology. Findings – There is a need to understand how the overlying socioeconomic scenario influences the development of the freight sector. Originality/value – The examination of the impact of climate change on the freight sector is a particularly original aspect of this chapter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransport and Climate Change
EditorsTim Ryley, Lee Chapman
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)978-1780524412
ISBN (Print)978-1780524405
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameTransport and Sustainability
ISSN (Print)2044-9941
ISSN (Electronic)2044-995X


  • Adaptation
  • Climate change
  • Climate change impact assessment
  • Freight
  • Socio-economic scenarios

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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