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CENV6112 Transport, Energy and the Environment

Module Overview

The transport sector is currently heavily fossil fuel dependent and, in advanced economies, accounts for around one quarter of carbon dioxide emissions. This module will provide you with a systematic understanding of the inter-relationships between transport, energy and the environment, along with a comprehensive understanding of the advanced techniques that are used to study these relationships and to determine appropriate mitigation and adaptation policies.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module details the key concepts in the study of transport, energy and the environment, including sustainability, by providing a systematic understanding of the interplay between technological and societal factors. It covers the principles and practice of monitoring and evaluating the energy and environmental impacts of transport schemes, with particular reference to the UK. It also provides detailed coverage of the analysis of transport related noise, air pollution and carbon consumption.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • British, European and International standards and UK Planning and Policy Guidelines as they relate to air quality, noise, carbon and other environmental impacts.
  • Environmental impact assessment for transport schemes as practiced in the UK.
  • Road transport noise and emissions calculation and mitigation processes.
  • The inter-relationships between sustainability, the environment, energy and transport.
  • The role of index numbers, ecofootprinting and carbon counting in assessing transport policies.
  • Transport energy consumption calculations and technological and behavioural approaches to reducing energy consumption.
  • The role of testing equipment such as portable emissions monitoring systems and dynamometers.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify /recall the key issues in energy and environmental policies concerning transport
  • Assess a transport scheme for its environmental and energy impacts
  • Prepare and present a critique of the key issues concerning transport and energy options for sustainable environments
  • Analyse transport in terms of energy requirements and impacts in terms of noise, air quality and biodiversity.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use creativity and innovation in problem solving
  • Report your work effectively.
  • Learn and study/research independently
  • Collate and synthesise/prioritise information
  • Manipulate and analyse data
  • Manage and organise time
  • Present data in a variety of ways
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Calculate the energy requirements and carbon footprint of transport options.
  • Undertake calculations to determine air quality and noise levels and transport energy consumption.
  • Assess the environmental impact of transport schemes using WebTAG and related tools.
  • Deal with complex environmental issues, both systematically and creatively, and make sound judgements in the absence of high quality data.
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving environmental problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing policies to a professional level.
  • Continue to advance your knowledge and understanding and to develop new skills to a high level.


1. Introduction to transport, and environmental policies: indexing and footprinting. 2. Transport and energy: life-cycle approaches 3. Climate change and carbon measurement. 4. The Road Load Power Equation 5. Transport pollution: Air quality and vehicle emissions. 6. Transport pollution: Noise. 7. The sustainability paradigm. 8. Environmental Impact Assessment: Principles and practice 9. Environmental Economics: Welfare and Risk based approaches. 10. Sustainable transport fuel and vehicle technologies. 11. Sustainable transport policy instruments and case studies. 12. Course Conclusions

Special Features

All lectures recorded using Panopto. Group seminars, with feedback on presentation content and delivery. Demonstrations of portable emissions monitoring systems and dynamometers.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: Lectures, seminars, technical demonstrations, class exercises and discussions.

Preparation for scheduled sessions3
Completion of assessment task75
Follow-up work3
Practical classes and workshops3
Wider reading or practice10
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Warren, J. (2007). Managing Transport Energy. Power for a Sustainable Future. Oxford University. 

Inderwildi, O. and King, D. (Eds) (2012). Energy, Transport and the Environment. Assessing the Sustainable Mobility Paradigm.. 

Mackay, D (2009). Sustainable Energy – without the hot ai. 

Hensher, D.A. and Button, K.J. (Eds) (2003). Handbook of Transport and the Environment. 

Hayashi, Y., Button, K. and Nijkamp, P. (Eds) (1999). The Environment and Transport.. 

Schäfer, A., Heywood, J.B, Jacoby, H.D and Waitz, I.A (2009). Transportation in a Climate. 



Class Exercise


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 25%
Coursework 25%
Examination  (120 minutes) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 25%
Coursework 25%
Examination  (120 minutes) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 25%
Coursework 25%
Examination  (120 minutes) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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