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Taking the low-carbon road: Essays in road transport decarbonization
Taking the low-carbon road: Essays in road transport decarbonization
In this dissertation, I methodically analyze proposed EU policies that fast-track deployment of low-emission transport technologies and decrease the emissions intensity of road transport. I limit the scope of my analysis to light passenger transport and heavy road freight. As instruments for this analysis, I design theoretical models to depict the mechanisms underlying supply and demand and then calibrate the models to illustrate the relative costs of each policy scenario. The main contributions of this dissertation are three- fold. First, it investigates the importance of endogenous technical progress in existing and nascent technologies for achieving a cost-competitive low-emission transport system. Second, it examines the value of policy coordination amongst EU member states by scrutinizing incongruous national emissions targets. Third, it studies the impact of levying a distance tax that covers the external costs of road transport.
Economics, Transportation, R&D, Electric Vehicles, Road Pricing
Littlejohn, Christina
2021
English
Universitätsbibliothek der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Littlejohn, Christina (2021): Taking the low-carbon road: Essays in road transport decarbonization. Dissertation, LMU München: Faculty of Economics
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In this dissertation, I methodically analyze proposed EU policies that fast-track deployment of low-emission transport technologies and decrease the emissions intensity of road transport. I limit the scope of my analysis to light passenger transport and heavy road freight. As instruments for this analysis, I design theoretical models to depict the mechanisms underlying supply and demand and then calibrate the models to illustrate the relative costs of each policy scenario. The main contributions of this dissertation are three- fold. First, it investigates the importance of endogenous technical progress in existing and nascent technologies for achieving a cost-competitive low-emission transport system. Second, it examines the value of policy coordination amongst EU member states by scrutinizing incongruous national emissions targets. Third, it studies the impact of levying a distance tax that covers the external costs of road transport.