Research Output

Energy trade-offs and market responses in transport and residential land-use patterns: promoting sustainable development - policy and pitfalls.

  Sustainable development policy is examined for the Belfast Metropolitan Area using
a range of linked aggregate and disaggregate models. Energy trade-offs were modelled for both
‘stationary’ private dwellings and ‘mobile’ traf� c-related energy sources. The research suggests
that land-use policies, and in particular corridor-based densi� cation linked to improved public
transport, can achieve very signi� cant reductions in mobile energy consumption and modest
reductions in stationary energy use linked to residential lay-out design. This would apply to
urban areas such as Belfast which exhibit the classic dispersal of population following deindustrialisation.
To realise the potential energy savings, sustainable development policy needs to achieve
at least the acquiescence of the consumer. Consumers will only support energy-ef� cient heating
systems, improved public transport, densi� cation policies and road charging, if there is some
perceived element of � nancial compensation or other increase in utility for the individual

Citation

Cooper, J. A., Ryley, T. J. & Smyth, A. (2001). Energy trade-offs and market responses in transport and residential land-use patterns: promoting sustainable development - policy and pitfalls. Urban Studies. 38, 1573-1588. doi:10.1080/00420980126673. ISSN 1360063X

Keywords

land-use policy; Belfast; sustainable development; public transport; densification; energy trade-offs;

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