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.
Photo (l-r): Bruce Wang (Texas A&M University), Jari Kauppila (ITF), Luis Martinez (ITF), Katie Turnbull (Texas A&M Transportation Institute).

Go to the paper: "International Freight and Related CO2 Emissions by 2050: A New Modelling Tool" (pdf)

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