Paving the Road to Sustainable Transport

Paving the Road to Sustainable Transport

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qThis book analyzes how the governance of innovation can foster sustainability. The quest for innovation is consistently at the top of the agenda for policy makers around the globe, on the supra-national level, as well as for the nation states and all the way down to debates in local governance and policy boards. At the same time, sustainability is a core feature of this dialogue in creating, diffusing and using technologies and products so that human needs can be met, while unnecessary natural resources are not being used or destroyed.Based on these premises and given the complexity of sustainable innovation, there is an ever growing recognition among policy makers, industries and analysts that the development and diffusion of technological innovations need governing in order to contribute to societal goals such as climate change mitigation and resource efficiency. Such governance does not necessarily mean orchestration, imposing regulation or other policy measures in a top-down manner. Governance can be facilitated through a number of means and by various actors and different levels. This book presents a view of governance that involves almost all types of actors related to any specific sector or field. q--Even Toyota has reluctantly given in to activists in the United States by announcing a a#39;plug-ina#39; (mains rechargeable) version of some of its hybrid cars, launched in 2011. ... a mains-rechargeable series-hybrid, presented as battery- electric with an IC a#39;range extendera#39;, thus taking hybridization one ... The problems appear to be in the areas of vehicle integration, materials cost, fuel supply and production, manufacturability and infrastructure (Nieuwenhuis et al., 2006; Pogutz et al., 2009).

Title:Paving the Road to Sustainable Transport
Author:Måns Nilsson
Publisher:Routledge - 2012


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