Towards a sustainable transport system

This briefing paper was prepared by Richard Douthwaite, David Healy and Kevin Leyden to inform the proceedings of the Comhar Conference “Towards Sustainability in the National Development Plan 2007-2013” – 4th to 6th October 2006. The paper shows that the Irish transport system has developed over the past few years in a way which has made it less sustainable by becoming, on a per capita basis, more heavily dependent on one increasingly scarce non-renewable resource – oil – than perhaps any other system in Europe. This dependency has arisen largely because of the recent under-priced, uncontrolled growth in the use of the private car. After discussing the effects of this policy of encouraging heavy car-use, the report then turns to look at the policies and techniques that are available to rectify the situation.

The Towards a Sustainable Transport System paper was published by Comhar SDC as part of a larger document Towards Sustainability in the National Development Plan 2007–2013

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