Modelling Responses of Urban Freight Patterns to Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scenarios

This study examines the responses of urban freight patterns to greenhouse gas abatement scenarios. Using Sydney, Australia as the city for analysis, seven scenarios were examined: (1) improved fuel consumption (freight vehicles only); (2) less congestion; (3) better traffic management; (4) higher load factors (freight vehicles only); (5) real-time traffic information; (6) infrastructure improvement; (7) infrastructure improvement plus corresponding land use charges. The model of Sydney developed for the analysis included cars as part of the vehicle fleet. As such, the final assessments of greenhouse gas effects of the scenarios were of the overall effects on Sydney's total road transport system. Two scenarios showed the highest assessed decreases in greenhouse gas emissions from freight vehicles. Higher load factors for truck trips was assessed to have the highest effect in reducing emissions from freight vehicles. Adoption of best fuel technology for trucks showed the next highest effect. The rest of the scenarios had little effect in reducing emissions in trucks, although assumed decreases in congestion did have a noticeable effect on car emissions (and hence the largest impact on the total vehicle fleet).

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    Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics, Australia

    GPO Box 501
    Canberra, ACT  Australia  2601
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 59p

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  • Accession Number: 01003156
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1877081612
  • Report/Paper Numbers: BTRE Working Paper 62
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 18 2005 2:40PM