Trips and their CO2 emissions to and from a shopping center

Previous studies have focused on entire trips within a geographical region, while only a few have examined trips to and from a city landmark. This paper examines trips and their CO2 emissions to and from a shopping center from a time–space perspective, and it further considers how this information can be used in relocation planning. It is a case study in the Borlänge city in mid-Sweden where trips to the city’s largest shopping mall are scrutinized. The authors use GPS tracking data of car trips starting and ending at the shopping center. Firstly, the authors analyze the traffic emission patterns from a time–space perspective where the temporal patterns reveal hourly-based traffic emission dynamics. The spatial analysis uncovers a heterogeneous distribution of traffic emissions in spatial areas and individual street segments. Secondly, the authors find the observed trips mostly agree with an optimal route in terms of CO2 emissions. Drawing on this finding, the authors thirdly evaluate the location of the current shopping center by comparing it to two competing locations. The authors conclude that the two competing locations, being in the vicinity of the current one, would induce an insignificant improvement in terms of CO2 emissions.


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  • Accession Number: 01522141
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 8 2014 11:34AM