Environmental Policy and Environmental Protection: A Longitudinal Analysis of the Impact of Governmental Policies on CO2 Emissions in OECD Countries, 1990-2003

Despite clear evidence that carbon dioxide emissions have contributed significantly to global climate change, there exist few studies examining the effect of governmental policies on the release of greenhouse gases (GHGs) including carbon dioxide (CO2). The study proposed here will address this lacuna in the literature by using longitudinal regression analysis to assess the effects of governmental policies on CO2 emissions in developed countries, relying on data from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for the years 1990 through 2003. Policies targeting the transportation sector figure prominently in this analysis. In particular, this research examines the impact each of the following policies have had on CO2 emissions: the adoption of fuel mileage standards, the levying of "green" taxes on petroleum and diesel fuels, investment in public transportation and the road and rail infrastructure, and the channeling of research and development funds toward the development of alternative fuels.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Advanced Research, Advanced Vehicle Technology


  • English


  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Office of Research, Development, and Technology
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Johnson, Shawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Kansas, Lawrence

    Transportation Research Institute
    2117 Learned Hall, 1530 W 15th Street
    Lawrence, KS  United States  66045
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hanley, Eric

  • Start Date: 20071000
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16735

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01468451
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Research and Innovative Technology Administration
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:51PM