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A Simulation Model for Road and Maritime Environmental Performance Assessment

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The White Paper published in 2011, Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area [1], urges on a 30% modal shift of road freight over 300 km to other modes (rail, maritime and inland waterways) by 2030, and more than 50% by 2050. However the environmentally friendly performance of maritime transport regarding air pollutant emissions in comparison with road transport is in doubt. This paper presents a three dimension simulation model, in which performed transport work, arisen emissions and produced impact are estimated and inter-related for the assessment of the environmental performance of both road and maritime transport. The simulation model will be a valuable decision making tool for policymakers as it enables the precise assessment of considered transport alternatives in the EU27 until 2020, and hence supports the design of future intervening actions.

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J. Usabiaga, M. Castells, F. Martínez, and A. Olcer, "A Simulation Model for Road and Maritime Environmental Performance Assessment," Journal of Environmental Protection, Vol. 4 No. 7, 2013, pp. 683-693. doi: 10.4236/jep.2013.47079.


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