Relationships between transport emissions and travel patterns in Britain

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    This paper explores the relationship between transport emissions and various measures of passenger travel patterns in Britain. The paper uses original data from the 1989/91 National Travel Survey and identifies a method for incorporating a range of vehicle operating conditions into calculations of vehicle emissions and energy consumption for each journey recorded in the National Travel Survey data. The paper shows that travel distance is a reasonable proxy for vehicle energy consumption and emissions of most pollutants. Travel distance per person is therefore a simple and readily available environmental indicator for transport. This indicator has potential application in the assessment of current transport policies and programmes and in the development of future policies and programmes. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)247-258
    Number of pages12
    JournalTransport Policy
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1999


    • National Travel Survey
    • Transport emissions
    • Transport energy consumption
    • Travel patterns


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