OECD/ITF Joint Transport Research Centre Discussion Papers

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2070-8270 (online)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/20708270
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The International Transport Forum at the OECD is an intergovernmental organisation with 52 member countries. It acts as a strategic think tank for transport policy and organizes an annual summit of ministers. Our work is underpinned by economic research, statistics collection and policy analysis, often undertaken in collaboration with many of the world's leading research figures in academia, business and government. This series of Discussion Papers is intended to disseminate the International Transport Forum’s research findings rapidly among specialists in the field concerned.
 

What Sustainable Road Transport Future?

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Author(s):
Stef Proost1, Kurt van Dender2
Author Affiliations
  • 1: Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

  • 2: OECD, France

01 Nov 2010
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No:
2010/14
Pages:
36
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/5km4q8jnn7q4-en

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A brief review of long run projections of demand for road transport suggests that problems related to road network congestion and greenhouse gas emissions are likely to become more pressing than they are now. Hence we review, from a macroscopic perspective, popular policy measures to address these problems: stimulating modal shift, regulating land use to reduce car use, and boosting low carbon technology adoption to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We find that these policies can produce tangible results, but that they may have unintended consequences that drive up costs considerably.
 
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