Can new communication technology promote sustainable transport?

Stephen Jia Wang, Patrick Moriarty

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Under business-as-usual projections, global car ownership and travel will continue to rise. In future, oil might still be available at higher prices than today, but the climate change implications of oil use will remain. As evidenced by the continued rise in global transport GHG emissions, conventional proposed solutions for mitigation are not working. Accordingly, this paper examines whether the new information technologies can contribute in a major way to the environmental sustainability of global passenger transport. The main finding is that the two technologies considered here-travel substitution and smart cities-could potentially increase or decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Nevertheless, both travel substitution and smart transport, if given the right policy support, could be important means for enabling people and organisations to cope with the need for reduced travel in a climate-constrained future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2132-2136
Number of pages5
JournalEnergy Procedia
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE 2017 - Cardiff, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Aug 201724 Aug 2017


  • global climate change
  • ICTs
  • smart transport
  • sustainable transport
  • travel substitution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)


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