The impact of the economic crisis and policy actions on GHG emissions from road transport in Spain

Sobrino Vazquez, Natalia and Monzón de Cáceres, Andrés (2014). The impact of the economic crisis and policy actions on GHG emissions from road transport in Spain. "Energy Policy", v. 74 ; pp. 486-498. ISSN 0301-4215. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2014.07.020.

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Title: The impact of the economic crisis and policy actions on GHG emissions from road transport in Spain
Author/s:
  • Sobrino Vazquez, Natalia
  • Monzón de Cáceres, Andrés
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Energy Policy
Date: November 2014
ISSN: 0301-4215
Volume: 74
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Road transport; GHG emissions; Economic crisis
Faculty: Centro de Investigación del Transporte (TRANSyT) (UPM)
Department: Aeronaves y Vehículos Espaciales
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Road traffic is the greatest contributor to the carbon footprint of the transport sector and reducing it has become one of the main targets of sustainable transport policies. An analysis of the main factors influencing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is essential for designing new energy- and environmentally efficient strategies for the road transport. This paper addresses this need by (i) identifying factors which influence the carbon footprint, including traffic activity, fuel economy and socioeconomic development; and (ii) proposing a methodological framework which uses Modified Laspeyres Index decomposition to analyze the effect of important drivers on the changes in emissions of road transport in Spain during the period from 1990 to 2010. The results demonstrate that the country׳s economic growth has been closely linked to the rise in GHG emissions. The innovative contribution of this paper is the special analysis of the changes in mobility patterns and GHG emissions during the economic crisis, when, for the first time, Spanish road traffic emissions decreased. The reduction of road transport and improved energy efficiency has been powerful contributors to this decrease, demonstrating the effectiveness of energy-saving measures. On the basis of this analysis, several tailored policy recommendations have been suggested for future implementation.

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Item ID: 32491
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/32491/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:32491
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2014.07.020
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421514004480
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 11 Apr 2015 10:47
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2016 23:30
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