Special Issue "Transportation and Sustainability"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2015)
Dr. Jack Barkenbus
Vanderbilt Institute for Energy & Environment, USA
Phone: +615 343 1041
Fax: +615 322 7012
Interests: climate change; sustainable development; energy; clean technology
Transportation practices have a major impact on our quest to create a more sustainable world, and automobile-dependent societies present particular challenges to sustainability. Conventional wisdom is that increasing populations and economic growth will lead to more automobile dependence (and consequently, more carbon dioxide emissions), thereby exacerbating sustainability challenges. However, recent studies have begun to challenge this wisdom. Goodwin (2012) has stated, “There is at the moment no strongly established common view about future growth in car use to the extent that was taken for granted in earlier decades.”*
This Special Issue is devoted to studies that examine forces impacting future automotive use. Specifically, it is looking for studies that explore the relationship between car use and decreasing carbon dioxide emissions. There are four separate ways to decrease the emissions associated with personal transportation: (1) decreasing reliance on automobiles for personal mobility; (2) reducing automotive distances travelled per year; (3) increasing the energy efficiency of our automobiles, and; (4) reducing the carbon emissions associated with transportation fuels. This Special Issue welcomes articles that deal with any of the four methodologies, with special attention being given to whether current trends are structural in nature or just transitory phases in our long-term transportation future.
*Phil Goodwin (2012) “Peak Travel, Peak Car and the Future of Mobility: Evidence, Unresolved Issues, Policy Implications, and a Research Agenda” (discussion paper prepared for the Roundtable on Long-Run Trends in Travel Demand, International Transport Forum), 29-30 November.
Dr. Jack Barkenbus
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- vehicle miles traveled
- electric vehicles
- vehicle efficiency
- greenhouse gas reductions
- peak travel
- demographic changes
- low-carbon fuels
- travel trends