Blogs and advice from Industry leading Specialists
Valuable Opinions, Comments & Gossip
Financial related News & Articles relating to Spain
Latest News, Stories
& Hot Topics
Various Tools & Widgets to help with your financial needs
Tools & Widgets to
help with finances
Polls, Surveys and Opinions featured throughout Tumbit
Featured Polls, Surveys & Stats
Discussions, Advice & Topical Chat
Discussions, Advice & Topical Chat

Spain drives more efficiently during financial crisis : report

Source: Phys.Org - Wed 4th Mar 2015
Spain drives more efficiently during financial crisis : report

Thanks to the development of an analytical method, members of the Transport Research Centre (TRANSyT) from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have established the main factors influencing the GHG emissions trends as a result of the road vehicle traffic in Spain. The results show that this type of transportation tends to be more efficient during crisis periods than in economically prosperous periods.

This study was conducted from 1990 to 2010 when researchers identified different periods according to relevant factors affecting CO2 emissions and other gases contributing to GHG. Spaniards purchased more cars in 1990 and consequently the emissions increased due to the growth rate of vehicles. Later, tax policies boosted the purchase of diesel vehicles due to lower prices and growth rate of purchasing power. This meant an increase of kilometers covered by road and the growth of vehicle rate what caused a steady increase of energy consumption and GHG emissions.

The financial crisis started in 2007, causing a fall in the transport activity and a greater energy efficiency of road transport. Since then, populations have adapted their behavior to real needs through a reduction of kilometers covered by car. This adaptation was caused by factors such as unemployment, lower incomes and new energy efficiency policies implemented since 2004, Plan E4. All this shows the inefficiency of road transport in economically prosperous periods and the importance of adopting suitable fiscal policies in order to reduce the carbon footprint.

Although this research was conducted in a specific place and at a certain time, the proposed methodology can be applied to many diverse cases and can be also useful for comparisons among countries. The analysis carried out in Spain provides relevant information that can help to define measures and strategies to take advantage of the recent decline of road transport demand. The recommended policies include bringing back the policies that encourage the purchase of smaller and more efficient vehicles in order to obtain a low carbon fleet. Other recommendations are the use of alternative means of transport and reducing car dependency, promoting efficient management strategies of traffic and infrastructures by using Information and communications technology (ICT).

This study, published in the Energy Policy journal, concluded that Spain has reached a crossroads that could mean a paradigm change in road transport.

Source :

Sobrino, N.; Monzón, A. (2014.) "The impact of the economic crisis and policy actions on GHG emissions from road transport in Spain". Energy Policy, 74, pp.486-498. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2014.07.020

Recommended Reading :

* Spain's DGT revises speeding guidelines

Comment on this Story

 
Be the first to comment on this Story !!

Related Partners

Recommended Items

Related Articles

Related Blogs

 
When shopping for bodyjewelrytips, never buy anything that has nickel. The best type of material is the steel, titanium, wood, anodized gold or gold. Most nickel products will rust and may infect your ear. If you have pierced the naval or eye, you do not need to worry, as that is the most versatile part of the body. You can wear rings, straight, curved or fancy and captive beads. There are many leading body piercing jewelry that offer some of the biggest collection at very affordable price. In regard to shopping, always go to a wholesale shape as that is the sure place of getting any type of body piercing jewelry. The only thing that you need to be careful about is the material used to make the jewelry. There are instances when body piercing might go wrong and the result is an infection. In order to avoid this, make sure that the person doing the piercing is qualified to do so. After piercing is done Bodys piercing trends, you should keep the area sterilized and clean. Use warm water to wipe dirt. Never use spirits as they will corrode the area resulting to a wound which might cause an infection.