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The Incorporation of the Environmental Dimension in Freight Transport Policy - a Comparison of 6 countries and the EU

Objective

The study examines the scope for and the barriers to sustainability in the freight transport sector.

The study seeks to address the following issues:

i) to establish how environmental considerations may be incorporated into the working of the freight transport sector in a practical sense;

ii) to identify the options and instruments for incorporation through a comparative international analysis;

iii) to compare the operation of institutional, procedural, taxation, infrastructure, liberalisation and like policy issues in the working of environmental policies.

Through case studies based upon Italian, Swiss, German, Dutch, Danish, British and EU practice, the project aims to provide:

i) state of the art national reports. The approach to and the nature of the incorporation of environmental effects is compared in policy fields such as taxation, infrastructure policies and railway policies. Transport related environmental targets and their implementation are analyzed and internal procedures and organisational links between the Environment and the Transport ministries are described and evaluated in an internationally comparative framework;

ii) hypotheses about the variables most likely to explain the extent of the incorporation of environmental effects are tested in relation to their impact on transport policies;

iii) for a number of examples which illustrate the effect of taxation and infrastructure policies, the decision-making process is reconstructed to illustrate the dynamics of incorporation.

The aim is to characterise the strategic requirements for a policy which would improve the incorporation of environmental effects in freight transport planning, at both national and EU levels.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

EURES - INSTITUT FUER REGIONALE STUDIEN IN EUROPA, SCHLEICHER - TAPPESER KG
Address
Basler Strasse 19
79100 Freiburg (In Breisgau)
Germany

Participants (4)

INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
United Kingdom
Address
Horseferry Road 52
SW1P 2AG London
Infras AG
Switzerland
Address
18,Rieterstraße
8002 Zürich
Stichting Centrum voor Energie- Besparing en Schone Technologie
Netherlands
Address
180,Oude Delft
2611 HH Delft
Studio Ricerche Sociali
Italy
Address
Via Benedetto Dei 5A
50127 Firenze