Transport is responsible for almost a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and emissions from this sector are growing. Innovations in transport – from electric and autonomous vehicles to car sharing clubs – have enormous potential to reduce urban transport energy demand and emissions. Our research seeks to understand how these innovations might be supported, the impact they may have on overall energy demand and what they might mean for other important policy questions, such as the need to improve air quality and address social inequality.
Futures of Personal Mobility
What assumptions are made about the future uptake and use of electric vehicles and car sharing clubs in the UK? Implications for future energy demand and a transition to sustainable transport are identified by this project.
Rebound effects in UK transport
While the fuel efficiency of passenger and freight transport has improved, it may have unintentionally increased the number of cars on the road or encouraged the development of larger, more powerful vehicles. What is the nature and magnitude of these rebound effects and their policy implications?
The energy implications of automated and smart freight mobility
What are the expected impacts of automated vehicles and smart mobility on energy demand in UK freight transport? How are these technological innovations legitimised by industry, policymakers and other actors? This project aims to find out.
Innovations in urban transport
Why do innovations in low-energy transport emerge and develop more rapidly in some cities than in others? What can local governments and stakeholders do to stimulate the success of such innovations?