Research project on the energy implications of transport, providing new insights into the transition to electric vehicles and the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal

Ever wondered how transport decision-making varies across individual (consumers), organisational (fleet managers, local authorities) and policy (central government) levels? And how these decisions impact on energy systems? If so then this project may provide new evidence on answering current policy questions such as the impacts and energy/transport interdependencies of road transport electrification, air pollution mitigation and dwindling energy tax revenues.

The project is developing and using a number of system modelling tools and socio-technical approaches. The Transport Energy and Air pollution Model (TEAM) was used to investigate the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal by exploring unaccounted and future air pollutant emissions and energy use for cars in the UK.

It has also been used to examine the timing, scale and impacts of the uptake of plug-in vehicles in the UK car market from a consumer segmentation perspective.

We are also developing a Scottish version of TEAM, STEAM. The Scottish TEAM is now disaggregated by local authority area, enabling us to explore local policy options around climate, energy, and air quality ‘co-benefits’. In collaboration with the Scottish ClimateXChange and the Scottish government we are creating policy scenarios to inform future policy making in the transport and energy sectors. 

Beyond dieselgate: the implications on unaccounted and future air pollutant emissions and energy use for cars in the United Kingdom, by Christian Brand