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Governance and policy challenges of implementing urban low-carbon transport initiatives.

Tait, Elizabeth; Laing, Richard; Gray, David


Elizabeth Tait

Richard Laing


Emissions from transport represent a quarter of Scotlands total. Action to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport has been criticized for being limited, poorly integrated with other areas of policy, and focused on narrow programmes. Several funding bodies at the European level provide funding for the development of pilot initiatives to reduce carbon and to promote knowledge exchange between partner cities. Cities where strategies have been successful consider transport as being a significant part of wider urban design and urban development, thus ensuring that the potential benefits are directly related to concerns of planning, housing and behavioural change. Through research into the experience of one local authority in a European project, this paper finds that governance, cultural, economic and policy barriers inhibit the successful implementation of low carbon transport initiatives. This paper concludes that, despite these challenges, there is still value for local authorities to engage in projects that fund pilot carbon reduction initiatives and promote knowledge exchange.


TAIT, E., LAING, R. and GRAY, D. 2014. Governance and policy challenges of implementing urban low-carbon transport initiatives. Local economy [online], 29(1-2), pages 129-140. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 31, 2014
Online Publication Date Jan 31, 2014
Publication Date Feb 1, 2014
Deposit Date Feb 19, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 19, 2015
Journal Local economy
Print ISSN 0269-0942
Electronic ISSN 1470-9325
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 1-2
Pages 129-140
Keywords Local authorities; Sustainable transport; Public policy; Low carbon; Knowledge exchange
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