研究の概要

With transportation alone accounting for approximately 20% of Japan's carbon dioxide emissions, there is much interest in policy packages and associated infrastructural/institutional support to reduce the resulting environmental burden. Effective in this regard are, among other approaches, electric vehicles (EVs) and other next-generation automobiles; transportation demand management (TDM); intelligent transport systems (ITS); light rail transit (LRT) systems; EV car sharing; and a rearrangement of urban spaces including reassignments of highway lanes to give priority to non-polluting vehicles. In our research, we examine the urban infrastructure and institutional support necessary to implement such measures. We hope, our findings, will prove useful to policy makers, including those in the current administration, which has been making little progress with tax-related measures; regional governments, which too could do much to reduce our carbon footprint; and even international deliberative bodies, which are called upon to take global action.

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