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Title: A methodology for measuring the sustainability of car transport systems
Authors: Smith, TW
Axon, CJ
Darton, RC
Keywords: Car Fleet;Indicator;Mobility;Process Analysis Method;Sustainability;Transportation
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Transport Policy, 2013, 30 pp. 308 - 317
Abstract: Measuring the sustainability of car fleets, an important task in developing transport policy, can be accomplished with an appropriate set of indicators. We applied the Process Analysis Method of sustainability assessment to generate an indicator set in a systematic and transparent way, that is consistent with a declared definition of a sustainable transport system. Our method identifies stakeholder groups, the full range of impacts across the environmental, economic and human/social domains of sustainability, and those who generate and receive those impacts. Car users are shown by the analysis to have dual roles, both as individual makers of decisions and as beneficiaries/sufferers of the impacts resulting from communal choice. Thus car users, through their experience of service quality, are a potential force for system change. Our method addresses many of the well-known flaws in measuring transport sustainability. The indicator set created is independent of national characteristics and will be useful to transport policy practitioners and sustainable mobility researchers globally. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0967-070X
Appears in Collections:Dept of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering Research Papers

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