Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

  • European Commission
  • Publications
  • Research and technology strategy to help overcome the environmental problems in relation to transport (SAST project no. 3) : Resource uses study


This report concerns the environmental impact of resource utilisation in the transport sector. The first phase of the study involved a dissection of transport into its different modes, its operational components, and its existing patterns of resource usage. The second phase was an investigation of existing environmental impacts. Since in principle a significant environmental impact may occur anywhere along the extraction-to-disposal life-cycle of a material, it was necessary to investigate a range of environmental phenomena upstream and downstream from the transport sector, as well as within the sector itself. Particular attention was paid to depletion, disposal, and recycling questions. The third phase involved the examination of possible innovations in transport technology. Of particular interest was the resource usage implications of these innovations and their potential for ameliorating negative environmental impacts. The final phase of the study addressed questions of the net costs and benefits of the various technologies, and of the most appropriate RTD policy options for the Community in this area. The study concludes with an examination of the policy implications of these options, including a consideration of the state of R&D, the likely development costs, and potential barriers to implementation.

Additional information

Authors: CROWLEY J, Transport Policy Research Institute (IE);MORAN R, EKOS (IE);BILLINGS R, Environmental Management Services Limited (IE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14715 EN (1992) 166 pp., FS, ECU 28
Availability: (2)
Record Number: 199310432 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en