Challenge for the near future: Instruments for a climate friendly use of road infrastructure

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Abstract

While transport is inevitable in our economy and daily lives, it also engenders many negative effects - on the economy, society, and environment. Though a large share of the external costs associated with climate change is attributable to transport, this is only partly carried by it. The transport sector still lags behind with regard to emitted greenhouse gases and faces difficulties in achieving the emission reduction goals. In line with the ‘polluter pays’ principle, an instrument for internalizing the external costs of transport is a road pricing scheme. Not only would it stimulate the use of more environmentally friendly vehicles, this concept could also prove its use in pursuing a level playing field across different transport modes. Implementation of a pricing system should be well thought of, as perverse effects can easily arise. Road pricing will also incentivize the switch to zero-emission vehicles. A pricing scheme should be implemented coherently on a European level to avoid additional kilometres due to detour and related externalities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoad pricing in the Benelux: Towards an efficient and sustainable use of road infrastructure (second edition)
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, application and policy
EditorsLeen van den Berg, Jacob Polak
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherBIVEC-GIBET
Chapter6
Pages46-67
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)978946407208
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020
EventRoad pricing in the Benelux - BIVEC-GIBET Jubilee conference & book launch - Regentschapsstraat 39, Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 8 May 20198 May 2019
https://www.bivec-gibet.eu/bivec-gibet-lustrum/

Conference

ConferenceRoad pricing in the Benelux - BIVEC-GIBET Jubilee conference & book launch
CountryBelgium
CityBrussels
Period8/05/198/05/19
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Keywords

  • transport
  • road pricing
  • climate change

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