Discourses about EU Transport Decarbonisation: Towards a Paradigm Shift?

Helene Dyrhauge*

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The development and introduction of new technologies are central to achieving sustainable transitions. Policymakers are important in enabling a successful transition. However, discourses about EU transport decarbonisation reveal multiple policy approaches to technology innovation, both in terms of decarbonising the car and building new alternative fuels infrastructure for transport. A discursive institutionalist analysis of these two separate but interdependent communicative discourses on road transport decarbonisation shows the complexities of facilitating transformative change. This shift requires coordination at all levels involving different actors and sector coupling to successfully decarbonise road transport.

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)71-86
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Important note from the Publisher regarding the attached version of the article: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The International Spectator on 06 Sep 2021, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03932729.2021.1962665.”


  • alternative fuels infrastructure
  • discursive institutionalism
  • EU road transport policy
  • sustainable transition
  • transport decarbonisation

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