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Biofueled Public Transport for sustainable transportation: A case study of Stockholm and possibility in Kathmandu
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
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Uttam Moktan, Biofueled Public Transport for sustainable transportation: Case Study of Stockholm and possibility in KathmanduHuman Geography, advanced level, master thesis for master exam in Geography, 30 ECTS creditsSupervisor: Lennart TonellLanguage: EnglishDue to the hotly debated issues of global warming and climate change, the world is constantly looking for a replacement for fossil fuels which have less impact on the environment. Biofuels in recent years has been considered a great solution to this problem. The transport sector has been experimented with these biofuels and Sweden is one of the leading nations in using biofuels in transportation sector. The purpose of this study was to study if the Stockholm‟s Biofueled public transportation has been able to meet its objectives of sustainable transportation and what lessons can a third world city like Kathmandu learn from the experience of Stockholm‟s biofueled public transportation. Semi-structured interviews were used to collect information from the stakeholders both in Stockholm and Kathmandu. The study showed the importance of tax exemption policy and government support for the biofuels industry. Kathmandu can learn to develop a democratic and accountable public transportation system for a sustainable transportation. Study showed that biofuels promotion is a complicated process and needs lots of social and infrastructural changes. Kathmandu needs to develop an effective tax policies, technological experimentation, social awareness and investment. Kathmandu is not in the position of promoting biofuels itself. So, donor assistance can be a great support to promote biofuels in public transportation in Kathmandu and other third world cities to globally reduce the effect of climate change.Key Words: climate change, biofuels, public transportation, sustainable transportation, tax exemption, Stockholm, Kathmandu

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-92321OAI: diva2:638327
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-08-07 Created: 2013-07-30 Last updated: 2013-08-07Bibliographically approved

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