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Climate and economic research in organisations and from a macro perspective

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This is a synthesis of a doctoral thesis focusing on future strategies to meet rigorous principled emission and energy efficiency targets and to modulate the impact of travel policies, technical components and behaviours in economically advantageous ways. The modelling frameworks developed throughout the thesis build on a target-orientated approach called backcasting. Sustainable travel strategies are analysed from two main viewpoints. The first four studies focus on company travel planning, where behavioural modelling proved to be an important tool for deriving target-orientated travel policies consistent with employee preferences. The latter two studies focus on strategies and preconditions to meet future emission targets and energy efficiency requirements at a macroscopic regional level by 2030. Backcasting's role as a generic methodology for effective strategic planning is discussed.

Keywords: SSD, strategic sustainable development, backcasting, greenhouse gas emissions, traffic planning, company travel planning, mobility management, ICT, energy efficiency, modelling, sustainable travel, sustainability, employee preferences, strategic planning

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