Unique Opportunities of Island States to Transition to a Low-Carbon Mobility System

dc.contributor.authorSoomauroo, Zakia
dc.contributor.authorBlechinger, Philipp
dc.contributor.authorCreutzig, Felix
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-27T07:24:46Z
dc.date.available2020-04-27T07:24:46Z
dc.date.issued2020-02-14
dc.date.updated2020-03-05T19:09:31Z
dc.description.abstractSmall islands developing states (SIDS) contribute minuscule proportions to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy consumption, but are highly exposed to climate change impacts, in particular to extreme weather events and sea-level rise. However, there is little research on potential decarbonization trajectories unique to SIDS. Here, we argue that insular topology, scale, and economy are distinctive characteristics of SIDS that facilitate overcoming carbon lock-in. We investigate these dimensions for the three islands of Barbados, Fiji, and Mauritius. We find that insular topologies and small scale offer an opportunity for both public transit corridors and rapid electrification of car fleets. The tourism sector enables local decision-makers and investors to experiment with shared mobility and to induce spillover effects by educating tourists about new mobility options. Limited network effects, and the particular economy thus enables to overcome carbon lock-in. We call for targeted investments into SIDS to transition insular mobility systems towards zero carbon in 2040. The decarbonization of SIDS is not only needed as a mitigation effort, but also as a strong signal to the global community underlining that a zero-carbon future is possible.en
dc.description.sponsorshipDFG, 414044773, Open Access Publizieren 2019 - 2020 / Technische Universität Berlinen
dc.identifier.eissn2071-1050
dc.identifier.urihttps://depositonce.tu-berlin.de/handle/11303/11022
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-9908
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subject.ddc330 Wirtschaftde
dc.subject.otherSIDSen
dc.subject.othertransitionsen
dc.subject.othertransporten
dc.subject.otherlow-carbon mobilityen
dc.subject.otherclimate change mitigationen
dc.subject.othertourismen
dc.titleUnique Opportunities of Island States to Transition to a Low-Carbon Mobility Systemen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.type.versionpublishedVersionen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.articlenumber1435en
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.doi10.3390/su12041435en
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.issue4en
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.journaltitleSustainabilityen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublishernameMDPIen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublisherplaceBaselen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.volume12en
tub.accessrights.dnbfreeen
tub.affiliationFak. 6 Planen Bauen Umwelt>Inst. Landschaftsarchitektur und Umweltplanung>FG Sustainability Economics of Human Settlementsde
tub.affiliation.facultyFak. 6 Planen Bauen Umweltde
tub.affiliation.groupFG Sustainability Economics of Human Settlementsde
tub.affiliation.instituteInst. Landschaftsarchitektur und Umweltplanungde
tub.publisher.universityorinstitutionTechnische Universität Berlinen
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