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Transport & Mobility

Our Transport & Mobility work is focused on researching how to reduce energy use in the sector. We are developing state-of-the-art models for transport energy demand in the areas of local fleets and plug-in vehicle charging strategies.

Transport & Mobility is one of three energy-use sectors we research.

Energy use in the transport sector is increasingly driven by the challenges of accelerating the adoption of affordable clean technology, whilst managing the effects on demand of changing labour markets, the growth of on-demand mobility services and increased digital connectivity. Despite the focus of much research on local commuter journeys, it is motorways, trunk roads, railways and airlines where energy demand volumes are growing. These long distance journeys account for a small share of trips, a larger share of travel distances and energy use, and an even larger share of climate impacts.

To address these challenges, we are:

Exploring where transport energy demands are highest

What are the activities, people and places with high or increasing demand? Tackling high consumption requires detailed understanding on the reasons for this high energy use: why do people travel, and what are the underpinning structural, social, cultural and economic influences. Our projects in this area seek to gain this understanding.

Examining the constraints and opportunities for transport flexibility

Access to flexible transport options is becoming easier as car use (rather than car ownership) is made accessible by new finance and payment mechanisms; smartphone technology; Big Data and ‘on demand’ mobility services. Our projects in this area investigate the constraints and opportunities for greater transport flexibility.

Assessing how to accelerate the take-up of carbon and energy reduction policies

Slow progress in the uptake of less carbon intensive technologies, coupled with an increase in transport growth will pose major challenges for the transport sector. Our projects in this area look at how to accelerate policies in the UK by assessing international evidence on local transport policy innovation; what learning and deployment options exist and how institutional structures and governance contexts affect policy diffusion.

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Facilitating policy change for low carbon mobility

This project uses interpretive network and problem analysis to identify the role multilevel governance plays in influencing local level policy responses towards low carbon mobility.

Decarbonisation of coastal shipping

This study explores what are the most suitable geographic locations for early establishment of green and blue hydrogen and ammonia as marine fuels.

High energy consumers

This project looks at identifying patterns of high level energy consumption – gas, electricity and car-based mobility and how this might be reduced.

Decarbonising local transport – help for local authorities

CREDS supported recent work with the Local Government Association (LGA) and DecarboN8 to help local councils in England plan their transport decarbonisation strategies. Seven briefing notes written for the LGA, on subjects from bus use to parking policies to setting achievable carbon goals, are designed to provide guidance, examples and recommendations on the best ways to reach net zero carbon.

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