Priorities, policies and (time)scales: the delivery of emissions reductions in the UK transport sector

Jillian Anable, Jon Shaw

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The transport sector is consistently responsible for around 30% of carbon dioxide emissions in developed countries and is one of few sectors where emissions continue to increase as a result of apparently insatiable demand for road and air travel. This paper examines how the formulation of transport policy fits into the exposition of UK climate policy, focusing on three principal areas of tension: policy priority (congestion and carbon reduction); strategies to reduce emissions (technological and behavioural solutions) and timescale (short- and long-term vision). We suggest that in overcoming such tensions government ministers will need to devolve significant policy formulation and implementation powers to an appropriate scale of governance – in this case the city-region – to fashion a ‘convergence space’ capable of promoting meaningful action with regard to transport’s climate impact.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-457
Number of pages15
Issue number4
Early online date6 Nov 2007
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007


  • UK
  • transport policy
  • climate policy
  • behaviour change
  • scale


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