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17 July 2015

Brookes staff publish guide to energy and publicly-accessible transport in rural areas

Two Brookes staff members, Allan Hutchinson and Denise Morrey, have published a guide based on the findings of the REPUTE (Renewable Energy in PUblic Transport Enterprise) project. This 18-month EU Atlantic Area Interreg project was established in January 2014 with the aim of developing and promoting the use of renewable energy in public transport in a rural or semi-rural context.

The REPUTE Guide explores how each of the regions in Atlantic Area can learn from each other and keep up with the pace of development within larger, more populated, regions.

The Guide provides examples of innovative large- and small-scale transport schemes from different countries, including the REPUTE pilot projects.

The transport sector is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. People in rural areas typically travel 50% further than their counterparts in urban areas and most of these journeys are undertaken by bus or car.

This REPUTE Guide provides the context and motivation for catalysing transport changes. It showcases a number of imaginative initiatives that connect people to rural public transport hubs through community-run schemes, shared ownership of transport resources and bespoke on-demand services.

It shows that the key drivers for change include community engagement, fund-raising at a local level, local energy initiatives and policies, and the introduction of cost-effective, energy-saving, technologies.

The final part of the Guide provides a set of case studies that describe activities and solutions to particular challenges.

What’s inside?

  • SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
    Policy context, renewable energy in transport, intelligent transport systems, behaviour change and modal shift
  • CURRENT SITUATION IN THE PARTNERS’ ATLANTIC AREA REGIONS
    Regional descriptions, overview of energy and transport, regional economics, social mobility in the Atlantic Area
  • REGIONAL MOBILITY CHALLENGES AND INITIATIVES
    Rural issues, community engagement and financial considerations, transport context, examples of rural transport, schemes and projects, car clubs, energy context
  • SUGGESTIONS AND DIRECTIONS
    Modal shift, socio-technical transitions, alternative and renewable energy, accessible and intelligent transport of people and goods, financial considerations
  • CASE STUDIES OF GOOD PRACTICE
    Within the partners’ regions, outside the partners’ regions, REPUTE pilot projects

For more information visit www.reputeproject.eu

Download the guide (18.3mb PDF)