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Newsletter October 2011
Carole CouneCarole Coune took office as the Forum’s new Secretary General in August, having been elected by Ministers at the 2011 summit in Leipzig in May. “I am looking forward to continuing the evolution of the International Transport Forum as the leading global platform for serious debate on the future of transport”, said Coune on the occasion.

On her first official visit to a member country, the new Secretary General met with Germany’s Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Peter Ramsauer, and State Secretary Rainer Bomba, in early August to discuss her strategic vision for the Forum. Building relations with the private sector was at the centre of Coune’s visit to the Frankfurt Motor Show on 15 September, which included a meeting with Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Car Manufacturers’ Association (VDA).

During a visit to Mexico, Carole Coune gave her first public keynote at the 24th World Road Congress on 26 September (see below). In October she will travel to Japan, which holds the Forum presidency in 2012, where she will present the key elements of her vision for the Forum’s future development to member countries at the autumn meeting of the Transport Management Board. From Tokyo, Ms Coune will travel to China, which is in the process of becoming a full member of the International Transport Forum. There, she will take part in the 2nd Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) of Transport Ministers, held in Chengdu. In Paris, the new Secretary General has also been actively consulting with Ambassadors and representatives of member country delegations to learn more about member countries’ priorities.
“Transport is critical for Green Growth”
Carole Coune Mexico Sept 2011The key role of transport for environmentally responsible development was the main message of the keynote delivered by Carole Coune at the 24th World Road Congress in Mexico City on 26 September. "Transport is a critical factor in delivering green growth", emphasised the Forum’s Secretary General: "The sector has to innovate to cut its environmental footprint, and new transport industries and transport infrastructure investment will be motors for growth in the long term. Fast growing economies in Latin America and in Asia will determine in large part how transport's environmental footprint will evolve." Click here to read Carole Coune's full speech.
Frankfurt Motor Show: Re-inventing the Automobile
Frankfurt Car Show 2011Every other year, the Frankfurt Motor Show (known as IAA) is one of the world's top meeting places for the automotive industry. The 2011 show, under the theme “Future comes as a standard”, featured more than 1 000 exhibitors from 32 countries and included the presentation of 183 world premieres. Taking part in the opening ceremony with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer, Secretary General Carole Coune used the occasion to meet representatives of the automotive industry, a key pillar of the transport industry and an important private sector partner of the Forum. The exhibition itself offered rich opportunities to learn first-hand about the enormous advances in adapting the car to the needs of mobility in the 21st century – with many fascinating prototypes, such as the Russian concept car “ë”, which Secretary General Carole Coune was invited to test (photo). Michael Kloth, the Forum’s Head of Communication, was delighted to spot the International Transport Forum logo on another concept car that had been part of the Shell Eco-marathon of which the Forum has been a partner in the past.
Statistics Brief: Global Freight Figures Suggest Weak Growth
Statistics Brief. September 2011The overall picture for global freight is one of growth slowing down, according to the latest figures presented in the Statistics Brief, the Forum’s digest of latest transport data: Total external trade by sea in tonnes declined through the second quarter in the United States, while in the EU trade stagnated, according to preliminary estimates of tonnes of goods carried. The air cargo recovery, noted in the July Statistics Brief, has faltered: Volumes are now only 9% above pre-crisis levels in the EU area compared to 15% in February 2011.  Trade with China and ASEAN countries in particular shows evidence of an economic slowdown. Both sea and air exports from the USA to China declined between February 2011 and June 2011. EU-27 exports to China grew in Q2 but have been fairly flat for the first half of 2011 as a whole. Total trade with ASEAN countries by air and sea declined for both regions. Only trade with India seems to have resisted a downward trend. Click here for the full Statistics Brief.
APEC Workshop on Performance Measurement of Supply Chains
In order to improve supply chain connectivity, Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministers have endorsed the APEC Supply Chain Connectivity Framework Plan. This commits APEC economies to a 10% improvement in supply chain performance by 2015, through reductions in time, cost, and uncertainty of moving goods and services throughout the region. As part of this commitment, a workshop to determine the status of performance measurement of supply chains was organised during the APEC Senior Officials Meeting in September 2011 in San Francisco. The workshop brought together private sector participants, representatives of APEC economies and international organisations to identify the methods and tools to track and trace trans-border logistic movements and to present the results of initiatives underway. For the International Transport Forum, economist Jari Kauppila gave a presentation on measuring and improving reliability, based on the Forum’s recent research report “Improving Reliability on Surface Transport Networks”. Click here to order the report or Click here for more about the 2011 APEC meetings.
Other recent presentations by Forum experts:

Chief Economist Kurt Van Dender gave a presentation on “Structural change in maritime transport and ports’ competitive position” for the OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs’ Working Party 2 on Competition and Regulation. He also gave a presentation at the Forum’s farewell seminar for retiring Secretary General Jack Short on “Evidence-based policy making: reality or chimera?”, entitled “Why the interface between research (in economics) and policy (in transport) sometimes leaves to be desired: some guesses”.
Young Researcher Award 2012: Call for Applications
At its annual summit in May 2012, the International Transport Forum will present its “Young Researcher of the Year Award” for the best research paper submitted on the theme of “Seamless Transport: Making Connections”. The paper, by a researcher (or researchers) under 35, may analyse any aspect of the essential role of connectivity in transport activity. The award is designed to reward creative analysis on the part of young researchers investigating the major contribution of transport to the well-being of our societies and their proper functioning. Submissions will be examined by an international panel of experts from the transport and transport economics research sectors, under the aegis of the International Trannsport Forum’s Research Centre. A prize of EUR 5 000 will be awarded at an official award ceremony attended by Transport Ministers of Forum Member countries at the 2012 summit in Leipzig (Germany) on 2-4 May. For a more details and an application form, please email Michael Violland ( ).
Recent Publications from the International Transport Forum
Transport Outlook 2011 Transport Outlook 2011: Meeting the Needs of 9 Billion People

The world’s population will reach 9 billion by 2050. Meeting their transport demands will be challenging. As both population and incomes rise, global passenger mobility and global freight transport volumes may triple by 2050. The Outlook examines these trends, exploring the factors that may drive demand even higher and the limits imposed by infrastructure capacity, fuel prices and policies to accommodate or limit potentially explosive growth of car use in rapidly developing countries. It traces scenarios for emissions of CO2 from transport and the impact of policies to improve the fuel economy of conventional vehicles and promote the use of electric cars. Trends in passenger car traffic are given particular attention, examining evidence for saturation of demand in high income countries. The report also focuses on future directions for trade, as suggested by trends in the current economic recovery. Other languages: Perspectives des transports 2011     Click here to download
Car Fleet Renewal Schemes Car Fleet Renewal Schemes: Environmental and Safety Impacts. France, Germany and the United States

Many governments have subsidised fleet renewal schemes to stimulate consumer spending on cars during economic downturns. Subsidies are often linked to the environmental performance of vehicles, but how effective is accelerated fleet renewal in reducing emissions and can schemes be designed to improve the safety of cars on the road? This report examines three of the largest programmes introduced in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, in France, Germany and the United States. It investigates the impact of 2.8 million transactions trading-in old cars for new on CO2 and NOx emissions and on road safety. It assesses value for money and identifies critical design elements for success in meeting environmental and safety objectives. The results of the analysis provide guidance for the design of any future schemes.       Click here to download
Better Economic Regulation Better Economic Regulation: The Role of the Regulator. Roundtable 150

Efficient provision of transport infrastructure is critical to economic growth. The long asset lives of much transport infrastructure indicates governance through regulation, rather than through contract or public ownership. This can ensure predictability in long-term relationships whilst preserving some flexibility to deal with changes in external circumstances. The transparency created by a fully independent regulator is invaluable for ensuring sufficient investment is forthcoming, while maintaining reasonable conditions for user access. Discussion at the Roundtable focused on how to achieve effective independent regulation and how to reconcile independence with the legitimate control of policy by the executive part of government. Other languages: De meilleures réglementations : Le rôle du regulateur    Click here to order
Trends in the Transport Sector Trends in the Transport Sector 2011 (1970-2009 Data)

How have the passenger and freight transport sectors evolved in recent years and during the crisis? And what about road safety? This publication presents data on global trends in the transport sector with up-to-date figures on the impact of the recent economic crisis. In addition to highlighting major trends in the transport sector, this brochure provides the reader with the latest statistics on transport markets in the International Transport Forum member countries for the period 1970-2009 for all modes of transport. It also describes trends on transport infrastructure investment and maintenance expenditure.
Other languages: Évolution des transports 2011      Click here to order
Other recent publications
blue arrow   Stef. Proost/Kurt Van Dender: What long-term road transport future? Trends and policy options, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 2011
blue arrow   Daniel J. Graham/Kurt Van Dender: Estimating the agglomeration benefits of transport investments: some tests for stability, Transportation, 2011, Vol. 38, pp. 409-426
blue arrow  Stephen Perkins/Kurt Van Dender: Implementing congestion charges: Efficiency and acceptability, Paper for PIARC World Road Congress in Mexico 2011, September 2011
blue arrow  Van Dender/Philippe Crist: What does improved fuel economy cost consumers and what does it cost taxpayers? Some illustrations, International Transport Forum Discussion Paper 2011-1
Upcoming Events
6-7 October, Gothenburg, Sweden
Urban Governance: Getting people on board!
UITP international conference in Gothenburg offers a unique opportunity to share and promote good practices in urban governance and transport demand management. By transferring the knowledge of international mobility experts, this event will look to inspire and raise awareness among transport authorities, mobility professionals, governments, local officials as well as urban planners. Barcelona, Vienna, Montréal, Freiburg, Paris, Odense, Singapore, Geneva and other leading cities will show how they achieved sustainable mobility during six interactive sessions. Contact: adrien.moulin@uitp.org or caroline.cerfontaine@uitp.org.
10 October, Keflavik Airport, Iceland
1st Aviation Leaders Forum on Airlines and Airports Winter Operations
During the winter 2010/11 a number of major airports in Europe had been taken by surprise and reacted slowly or lacked the equipment needed to cope with the extreme weather conditions. Other airports in Europe, Canada, the US, Russia, etc., equally affected by the weather, performed excellently. The Airport and Airlines Winter Operation Forum at Keilir Aviation Academy will allow discussion on the lessons learned from the airports and airlines winter operations in Europe in 2009 and 2010 and how technology, rules, regulations, airports equipment, weather forecasts and personal training must be improved before the next winter snowfalls and storms in Europe.
12-14 October, Mexico City, Mexico
Consejo Mexicano del Transporte (CMET): 1er Foro Internacional: Mexico Plataforma Logística de América
With a keynote speech by Carole Coune, Secretary General, International Transport Forum.
4 November, Milan, Italy
International Forum of Logistics and Road Transport
With a keynote speech by Stephen Perkins, Head of Research, International Transport Forum.
16 Novembre, Paris, France
Infrastructures de transports : Quelles synergies public-privé pour répondre mieux aux impératifs de financement et de qualité de service
La 2ème conférence annuelle Les Echos sur les infrastructures des transports, est organisée cette année en association avec le Forum International des Transports. Depuis le Grenelle de l’environnement et l’avant-projet du Schéma National des Infrastructures de Transports en France qui fixe les grandes orientations de l’État pour les 30 prochaines années, la crise est apparue et l’heure est aujourd’hui à la rigueur budgétaire. Malgré ce nouveau contexte économique et budgétaire, comment déployer un système de transport modernisé, performant et respectueux de l’environnement qui contribue à la compétitivité du pays ? Cette conférence sera l’occasion de débattre des enjeux politiques, budgétaires, réglementaires et industriels du secteur alors que les rôles et les stratégies des acteurs publics et privés se redéfinissent. M. Thierry MARIANI, Ministre chargé des Transports de la France, et Mme Carole COUNE, Secrétaire Général du Forum International des Transports, interviendront. Votre association avec le Forum vous permet de bénéficier d’une réduction de 20% sur le montant de l’inscription.
17 November, Brussels, Belgium
11th Annual CLECAT Freight Forwarders’ Conference: Facilitation and Compliance: Logistics Service Providers facing compliance challenges and seeking facilitation
With a keynote speech by Carole Coune, Secretary General, International Transport Forum.
17-18 November, Paris, France
OECD Roundtable on Green Growth and the Future of Aviation
With participation of Carole Coune, Secretary General, International Transport Forum.
29-30 November, Brussels, Belgium
Polis Annual General Assembly and Annual Conference 2011 - Innovation in transport for sustainable cities and regions
1 December, Brussels, Belgium
European Automobile Manufacturers Association: ACEA Freight Transport Event
With a keynote speech by Carole Coune, Secretary General, International Transport Forum.
1-2 December, Paris, France
Major transport infrastructure projects and regional economic development - Assessment and implementation
The Métro Grand Paris is an example of an investment in transport infrastructure that transforms an entire region’s potential to move and to interact. Other projects in the same class include Crossrail in London and the Øresund link connecting Copenhagen and Malmö, to name just two. How to gauge the social and economic impacts of such major transport infrastructure investments? Economic appraisal tools are well suited for analysing the effects of incremental improvements to existing networks, but have difficulties handling step-changes. This Roundtable, organised by the Forum together with the Societé du Grand Paris brings together, for the first time, the leading experts in transport appraisal, in urban economics, and in economic geography, to identify ways of overcoming the deficiencies of standard methods for the appraisal of very large projects. For details please contact
2-4 May 2012, Leipzig, Germany
“Seamless Transport: Making Connections” – the International Transport Forum’s 2012 summit
The powerful vision of seamlessly connecting people, infrastructure and markets is driving the development of new forms of mobility and of economic growth. It increasingly shapes the agenda of policy-makers and business leaders. The International Transport Forum’s 2012 summit will consider all aspects of connectivity in transport: How can we improve the way people and goods move, globally and within our communities, and create Green Growth? Central themes in Leipzig 2012 will be:
arrow Connecting systems: Implementing advanced technologies and new practices.
arrow Connecting people: Improving urban and inter-urban mobility.
arrow Connecting markets: Smoothing end-to-end journeys.
arrow Connecting sectors: Integrating transport with energy, finance, urban planning, tourism
arrow Connecting ideas: Applying new thinking to transport.
To request an invitation for this event, please email for sponsorship opportunities and exhibition participation contact
News from the Secretariat
Colin Stacey returned to Canada as Director for Aviation Policy at Transport Canada in July +++ Sungwon Lee returned to the Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) in Seoul after two years as a Visiting Fellow with the Research Centre +++ Maryvonne Lebouc retired at the end of July after over 35 years as an assistant with the ECMT and the Forum +++ Heather Petitjean retired in September after 35 years with the OECD, 11 of which were spent with the ECMT and the Forum +++ Yuichiro Kawashima took up a new position as Policy Analyst in September. He is on secondment from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) where he worked on a broad range of transportation issues. In Paris, he will lead co-ordination with MLIT during Japan’s 2012 presidency and also run a Working Group at the Research Centre +++ Sangjin Han arrived on secondment from the Korea Transport Institute (KOTI), where most recently he was in charge of the Centre for Transport and Climate Change. As new Visiting Fellow at the Forum’s Research Centre, he will work on the Transport Outlook 2012 and the Road Assessment Programme +++ Chief Economist Kurt Van Dender taught a class on “Surface transport economics” at the Sorbonne in Paris as part of the Master Professionnel Transports Internationaux..

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