The Nexus Times

Transport Trade-offs

Transportation is an important issue for the study of the nexus. It is both the target of innovative solutions that may help solve the challenges of energy and climate, and the source of challenges and trade-offs in sustainability governance.

Why it is so difficult to measure biofuel emissions

How much GHG emissions do biofuels actually emit? The answer is not so simple, given the complexity of the production chain and different types of biofuels. Here Bunyod Holmatov explains why it's important to focus on the detail when it comes to weighing up biofuels.

Meeting EU biofuel targets: the devil is in the detail

Biofuels are being pushed in the EU as a solution for increased sustainability and security of supply. But if the EU wants to take biofuels seriously as a sustainable option, it needs to account for all steps in the complex biofuel production process and regulate the trade of primary and secondary products.

Biofuels at a crossroads: the concerns are stacking up

Biofuels are at a crossroads. In the EU28, biofuel consumption in the transport service has grown more than sixfold over the last decade, however biofuels still account for just three to four percent of all transport fuel energy.  What are the concerns related to the plausibility of a fast and effective expansion of this option?

Electric cars: an answer to the wrong question?

Electric cars can contribute to a shift in sustainable mobility, but this depends on how they are used and which patterns they reproduce. Implementing them without criticality may incur in shifting problems to other countries and domains.

The Sharing Economy: More than a new business model?

Collaborative platforms are becoming more widespread and car sharing and car-pooling rank among the most popular types in Europe. But while initiatives such as car sharing provide environmental and economic benefits, they are not a silver bullet and must be accompanied by significant regulatory and structural changes to our mobility system.