The Rebound Effect in Road Freight

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Abstract

In recent decades the promotion of energy efficiency improvements has become one of the key tools to try to attain reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change and energy policies have made efforts toward implementing energy efficiency regulation and standards in energy-intensive sectors such as road freight transport. However, energy efficiency improvements may lead to changes in the demand for energy services that offset some of the energy savings, in the form of rebound effects. Accordingly, the effect of energy efficiency to achieve energy and environmental objectives can be overestimated. This may provoke making ineffective public decisions to tackle environmental and energy policy issues. This chapter briefly describes the concept of the rebound effect and some matters related to its definition and measurement. It also summarizes the main results from the scarce literature on the rebound effect in road freight transport. Some policy aspects are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Transportation : Volume 3. Freight Transport and Logistics
EditorsRoger Vickerman, Kevin P.B. Cullinane
Number of pages5
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherElsevier
Publication date2021
Pages402-406
ISBN (Print)9780081026717
ISBN (Electronic)9780081026724
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Air quality
  • Climate policy
  • Energy conservation
  • Energy economics
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy policy
  • Energy security
  • Environmental policy
  • Fuel consumption
  • GHG emissions
  • International literature review
  • Rebound effect
  • Road freight transport

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