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Watt Committee on Energy Publications: Towards an Energy Policy for Transport

Watt Committee: report number 7

Watt Committee on Energy Publications: Towards an Energy Policy for Transport by Watt Committee on Energy Publications
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The importance of energy for transport was recognised in Report No. 1 published by The Watt Committee on Energy in 1977. Two features of transport energy use are its magnitude (approximately 22% of the UK total) and its vulnerability to oil supplies (nearly 50% of our oil supply). There have been several excellent conferences elsewhere since then on new technology and the future designs of aircraft, ships and railway trains but there seemed a need to consider all transport modes together. In assessing substitution of energy sources there is a tendency also to consider substitution of transport modes, but this is a complex matter and such substitutions will be slow and generally costly. There are historic instances of such changes, e.g. from sail to steam at sea in the 19th Century, from coal to oil on the railways in the 1950s and from petrol engined aircraft to kerosene powered jets in the 50s and 60s. Such changes take place over a time span of decades. Some transport vehicles have a normal replacement time of 30 years, a few longer still, hence it is a vital matter to match any major transport response to future energy changes to the appropriate time scale.
CRC Press; April 2014
112 pages; ISBN 9781482281132
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Title: Watt Committee on Energy Publications: Towards an Energy Policy for Transport
Author: Watt Committee on Energy Publications