To buy or not to buy. Vehicle demand and policy for sustainable transport.

Last changed: 27 October 2021

The objective of this project is to investigate what policy instruments are appropriate in order to achieve a transition to zero emissions from private vehicles, paying particular attention to the best way to influence household choices regarding vehicle purchase.

At the household level, to achieve zero emissions the household must either stop driving altogether, or purchase an electric vehicle. In the project we investigate these two possibilities:

in the first part we investigate the effect of subsidies to car ownership, and explore policy options; and in the second part the objective is to build a unified spatial urban-transport model that will help us understand the effect of alternative transport policies which aim to promote the use of green vehicles.

Scientific papers and final report produced as part of the project work.

Kyriakopoulou, E., Lu, T., Hart, R., 2021. Towards zero emissions from Swedish urban transport. Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. ISBN 978-91-620-7004-5

Kyriakopoulou, E., Picard, P.M., 2021. On the design of sustainable cities: Local traffic pollution and urban structure. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2021, vol 107: 102443.

Kyriakopoulou, E., 2021. Cities and the environment: The case of air pollution. International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, 15: 1-40.

Lu, T., Hart, R., 2021. Lowered car ownership and reduced driving: The case of the Gothenburg congestion charge. Working paper, Department of Economics Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Lu, T., Hart, R., 2021. Ownership and use of private passenger cars in Sweden, 2000–2016. Technical report, Department of Economics Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

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