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      The impact of COVID-19 related regulations and restrictions on mobility and potential for sustained climate mitigation across the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK: A data-based commentary.

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            UCL Open: Environment Preprint
            UCL Press
            7 June 2021
            [1 ] Centre for Behaviour Change, Department of Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology, University College London, UK.
            [2 ] Department of Psychology, University of Bath, UK.
            [3 ] Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden.
            [4 ] Research Group Psychology for Sustainable Cities, Amsterdam Research Institute for Societal Innovation, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands.
            [5 ] Department of Psychology, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands.
            [6 ] Department of Computer and Information Science, Linköping University, Sweden.
            [7 ] Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden.
            [8 ] Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden
            [9 ] Department of Psychology, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands
            [10 ] Department of Psychology, University of Bath, UK; Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST).

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            Social policy & Welfare, Psychology, Environmental management, Policy & Planning

            Behaviour change, COVID-19, Moment of change, Climate change, People and their environment, COM-B


            Date: 20 September 2021

            Handling Editor: Prof Dan Osborn

            Editorial decision: Request revision. The Handling Editor requested revisions; the article has been returned to the authors to make this revision.

            Additonal comments by the Editor:

            I would now like to recommend that you revise your paper according to the three reviewers' comments and upload the revised paper as soon as possible. Please review the instructions for submitting a revised article in the editorial guidelines. All reviewers feel the paper makes a worthwhile contribution, but all raise points worth considering as they will strengthen the paper if they can be accounted for. Please take into particular consideration:

            • The sections of the reviewers' comments questioning aspects of the way links between Covid-19 regulations, mobility and climate change mitigation are being made. There are some particular comments about EV that seems well formulated and need answering. It may be worth pointing up that transport emissions are a difficult area to address but one that maybe particularly susceptible to a combination of new technology/market products and behaviour. Perhaps the supporting literature is limited in this respect (especially in terms of the Covid elements.) Do point up the peculiar situation that Covid created, and that this still needs more work to understand. The unique context for the paper needs to be very clear.
            • The Conclusion section could be strengthened - for example: does the information from each country suggest some common policy platform can be created or would there need to be separate policies in each country given the different dependency on the various modes of transport available or that are perceived to be needed in each country? All these countries have different transport mixes to meet the population mobility needs - can that factor be given slightly more prominence?
            • The validity and applicability of the behavioural model chosen needs some further justification. Has it been used in transport or mobility work previously? If so, what was its utility? Were any policy changes made if it was used?
            2021-09-22 10:48 UTC

            Date: 11 June 2021

            Handling Editor: Prof Dan Osborn

            This article is a preprint article and has not been peer-reviewed. It is under consideration following submission to UCL Open: Environment for open peer review.

            Additional comments by Editor:
            This article has been approved for submission and open peer review in UCL Open: Environment for the following reasons: 1) Well considered discourse on whether transport changes during Covid can affect climate change through semi-permanent modification in human behaviour; 2) A necessary stage in developing a comprehensive research agenda; 3) Appreciation of limitations on current knowledge and that a wider view of transport modes will be needed - e.g. aviation.

            2021-06-11 14:34 UTC

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