Climate Change and Transportation

This chapter describes how the transportation sector accounts for about one-fifth of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and this is causing climate change by close to 30 percent in most industrialized countries. The United States (U.S.) far exceeds the rest of the world when it comes to transport-related GHG emissions. While China, India, and other countries in the developing world are rapidly motorizing, causing rapid increases in their GHG emissions and their transport emissions are still a fraction of those in the U.S. The chapter describes how transport-related energy use and GHG emissions are expected to continue increasing into the foreseeable future. The U.S. government, in its “Annual Energy Outlook 2008” report, forecasts a 25 percent increase in total oil use between 2006 and 2030, from 20.7 to 24.9 million barrels per day and about 2/3 of that oil will be used for transportation.

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    Springer Publishing

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  • Authors:
    • Sperling, Daniel
    • Lutsey, Nicholas
    • Cannon, James S
  • Publication Date: 2009


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-14
  • Monograph Title: Reducing Climate Impacts in the Transportation Sector

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  • Accession Number: 01144371
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9781402069789
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 6 2009 1:31PM