HUI Working Papers, HUI Research
Tao Jia, Kenneth Carling and Johan Håkansson
Trips and Their CO2-Emissions Induced by a Shopping Center
Abstract: Most of previous studies have focused on the entire trips
in a geographic region, while few of them addressed those induced by a city
landmark. To address it, this paper explores the trips and their CO2
emissions induced by a shopping center from a time-space perspective and
their usage in relocation planning. This is done by the mean of a case
study in the city of Borlänge in mid-Sweden, where the trips, to the town’s
largest shopping mall in its center, are examined. To do so, we adopt GPS
tracking data of car trips that end and start at the shopping center.
Thereafter, (1) we analyze the traffic emission patterns from a time-space
perspective, where temporal patterns reveal an hourly-based traffic
emission dynamics and spatial patterns uncover a heterogeneous distribution
of traffic emissions in spatial areas and individual street segments.
Further, (2) this study reports that most of the observed trips follow an
optimal route in terms of CO2 emissions. In this respect, (3) we evaluate
how well located the current shopping center is through a comparison with
two competing locations, and we conclude that the two suggested locations,
which are close to the current shopping center, do not show a significant
improvement in term of CO2 emissions.
Keywords: GPS tracking data; trips; CO2-emissions; relocation planning; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: L81; Q51; R11; (follow links to similar papers)
15 pages, April 24, 2013
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