Freight | 13 January 2015
ITF Researchers Win Award for New Modelling Tool
The Best Paper Award in Freight Modelling has been awarded to a paper written by three ITF experts by the U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB). Two of the paper's authors, Jari Kauppila and Luis Martinez received the award at the TRB's annual conference in Washington, D.C. on 12 January.
The award-winning paper sets out a new modelling
tool which for the first time takes into account
location, changes in value/weight ratio for products
over time and reduction in "fixed costs" with
distance for projections for freight flows. The
model also allows estimation of the domestic link
for cargo from ports to economic centres including
freight performed by road or rail between ports and
consumption/production centres. According to the
scenarios based on the ITF freight model,
international freight volumes and CO2
emissions could grow by a factor of four by 2050.