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Retail sprawl and CO2 emissions: Retail centres in Irish cities

Conor O'Driscoll, Frank Crowley, Justin Doran and Nóirín McCarthy

Journal of Transport Geography, 2022, vol. 102, issue C

Abstract: The concept of sustainable retail development implies that retail centres should serve their communities economically and socially, while not degrading local environments. However, existing literature identifies that retail centres often create negative externalities, impacting the sustainable development of both the core and peripheries of city regions. International evidence also shows that retail sprawl and transport emissions have been exacerbated by existing planning architecture, notably retail parks. This has resulted in commercial centres shifting from high streets to car-dependent, suburban retail centres, worsening congestion levels and environmental degradation.

Keywords: Cities; Retail sprawl; CO2 emissions; Travel mode choice (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2022.103376

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