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Sustainability, Volume 11, Issue 24 (December-2 2019) – 374 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The study developed a life cycle inventory-based passenger travel model that can account for [...] Read more. The study developed a life cycle inventory-based passenger travel model that can account for environmental footprints of travels of an individual passenger, company, institute, city, or country. The model was applied in an intervention to reduce car travel. The intervention significantly reduced car travel, while increasing travel by bus, train, bicycle, and foot. Thus, total energy, carbon, and nitrogen oxide footprints were slightly increased after the intervention. If the commuters were assumed to travel during peak hours or the different types of public transport were not affected by the increased number of commuters, the overall environmental footprints decreased. Our conclusions are that transport interventions are very complex and need a broad evaluation. They may result in desired changes, but also in altered travel behavior, increasing overall impact. View this paper