THE OIL INDUSTRY, TRANSPORT AND THE ENVIRONMENT

The oil industry is anxious that its operations should inflict as little damage as possible on the use and enjoyment of open space, countryside, and natural environment. Its overriding objective is to avoid environmental accidents and disasters. Its other main practical concern is to minimise the local, regional, and global atmospheric consequences of producing and consuming its products. Transport is a vital part of this whole question, but probably has different priorities. The oil industry is committed to energy efficiency, But addressing fuel efficiency is not sufficient to remove the environmental problems associated with transport, partly because transport demand is growing. A 'systems' approach is needed, examining fuels and vehicles as part of one exercise. Much has already been achieved on emissions, and there is a range of possible further measures, but they must be subjected to rigorous analysis of their cost-effectiveness. The best solution is perhaps to work towards optimising petrol or diesel and the engine as an integrated system. It is important to understand as fully as possible the true costs of each transport mode, and ensure that travellers know and bear them. For the covering abstract, see IRRD 885112.

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    OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

    WALTON STREET
    OXFORD,   United Kingdom  OX2 6DP
  • Authors:
    • CHASE, R
  • Publication Date: 1996

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00729829
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-19-854934-2
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 26 1996 12:00AM