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Transport content of the Ecopadev tool

EUR is responsible for the contributions related to transport issues. Transportation is a ‘blind spot’ in the context of studying business parks. There is no disagreement about the relevance, but the problem with transportation is that everyone is concerned about the negative aspects (congestion, noise, etc.), but economic activities and dynamics are dependent on a well performing transport system. So here is a trade-off. Furthermore transportation is the effect of a derived demand and the source/motive is mostly outside the park. EUR tries to make these relationships and complexes explicit and they are now incorporated in the decision support system in a balances way.

Besides this ‘analytical’ element, the Ecopadev project also provides a set of practical recommendations how to improve the transport performance. A separation is made between commuter transport, business transport and freight transport. As such the contribution in the project starts with the relevance of awareness raising, but it is also presented a domain where concrete action can be undertaken.

Based on research experiences in this domain it can be stated that this balanced and integrated approach is innovative and it adds new insides to the theories on urban development and industrial ecology.

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