Policy mixes to achieve sustainable mobility after the COVID-19 crisis

Griffiths, S, Furszyfer Del Rio, D and Sovacool, B (2021) Policy mixes to achieve sustainable mobility after the COVID-19 crisis. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 143. a110919 1-9. ISSN 1364-0321

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to have lasting impacts on energy and the environment at the global scale. Shelter-in-place measures implemented to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in expectations for 2020 global energy demand to contract by nearly 5% with related global CO2 emissions declining by as much as 7%. Exactly how long and to what extent we will see continue to see energy demand, CO2 and related greenhouse gas (GHG) emission destruction resulting from COVID-19 is uncertain but dependent on global policy responses to the pandemic. Policy responses targeting the transportation sector, particularly ground-based transportation, can stimulate a sustainable mobility transition that mitigates the potential for long-term environmental damage.
This paper reviews and examines social and cultural dynamics of transportation and extends state-of-the-art knowledge to consider how events surrounding the Covid-19 crisis may have created a sustainable mobility opportunity though (1) avoiding unnecessary transportation volume, (2) shifting transportation norms and practices and/or (3) improving the carbon-efficiency of transportation systems. Relevant policies for a low-carbon transportation transition are considered and those most appropriate to the current context proposed with consideration of key factors that may help or hinder their implementation success.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Covid-19, sociotechnical transitions, sustainable mobility, policy, cities
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2021 07:48
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2021 11:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/97978

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