Consumer travel behaviors and transport carbon emissions: A comparative study of commercial centers in Shenyang, China

Jing Li*, Tek Sheng Kevin LO, Pingyu Zhang, Meng Guo

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Abstract

Current literature highlights the role of commercial centers in cities in generating shopping trips and transport carbon emissions. However, the influence of the characteristics of commercial centers on consumer travel behavior and transport carbon emissions is not well understood. This study addresses this knowledge gap by examining shopping trips to eight commercial centers in Shenyang, China, and the CO2 emissions of these trips. We found that the locations and types of commercial centers strongly influence CO2 emissions. CO2 emissions per trip to commercial centers in the suburbs of Shenyang were on average 6.94% and 26.92% higher than those to commercial centers in the urban core and the inner city, respectively. CO2 emissions induced by wholesale centers were nearly three times higher than the lowest CO2 emissions of commercial centers in the inner city. These empirical results enhance our understanding of shopping-related transport carbon emissions and highlight the importance of optimizing urban space structure, in particular, the layout of commercial centers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number765
JournalEnergies
Volume9
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

User-Defined Keywords

  • China
  • Commercial center
  • Consumer travel behavior
  • Shenyang
  • Transport carbon emission

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