Transport and climate change: a review

Lee Chapman*

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Transport accounts for 26% of global CO2 emissions and is one of the few industrial sectors where emissions are still growing. Car use, road freight and aviation are the principal contributors to greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector and this review focuses on approaches to reduce emissions from these three problem areas. An assessment of new technologies including alternative transport fuels to break the dependence on petroleum is presented, although it appears that technological innovation is unlikely to be the sole answer to the climate change problem. To achieve a stabilisation of greenhouse gas emissions from transport, behavioural change brought about by policy will also be required. Pressure is growing on policy makers to tackle the issue of climate change with a view to providing sustainable transport. Although, there is a tendency to focus on long-term technological solutions, short-term behavioural change is crucial if the benefits of new technology are to be fully realised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-367
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Transport Geography
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2007


  • Alternative fuels
  • Aviation
  • Behavioral change
  • Car ownership
  • Climate change
  • Freight
  • Technological change
  • Transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Environmental Science(all)


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