UK ROAD FREIGHT ENERGY USE BY PRODUCT: TRENDS AND ANALYSIS FROM 1985 TO 1995

Since the early 1980s, energy use in road freight has been rising much faster than overall use in the United Kingdom. To better understand the factors driving this rapid growth, the authors of this paper carried out an analysis of road freight energy use trends across 14 product sectors from 1985-1995. A background section describes recent research in this area and the data required for estimating energy use by sector in road freight. The next part presents the results of the energy use calculation both in terms of current use and recent growth. The relationship between energy use and other sectoral factors is also analyzed. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications for transport policy and possible methods for improving the accuracy of energy use estimation in the freight sector. Growth in length and complexity of supply chains, rather than growth of output, is shown to be the main driver of increasing freight energy consumption, with high value products having the highest energy use per ton lifted. Policy options and a proposal for improved estimation of energy consumption are also discussed.

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    Elsevier

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  • Authors:
    • Vanek, F M
    • Campbell, J B
  • Publication Date: 1999-10

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00789462
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 16 2000 12:00AM