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January 2015

Award for New Modelling Tool goes to ITF Researchers

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). The award-winning paper, by ITF's Luis Martinez, Jari Kauppila and Marie Castaing, 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 carried 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) at the presentation of the Award during TRB on 12 January.

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

Go to ITF urban transport projections (pdf)

NZ Minister Simon Bridges visits ITF
New Zealand's Minister of Transport Simon Bridges was welcomed at ITF on 16 January in preparation for the 2015 Annual Summit on "Transport, Trade and Tourism" which will take place on 27-29 May 2015 in Leipzig, Germany. New Zealand is ITF's 2014-15 Presidency country.

Amongst the confirmed speakers for the 2015 Summit are:
- Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport
- Sarah Hunter, Head of Policy, Google [x]
- David Plouffe, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy, Uber
- Cindy Miller, President Europe, UPS
- David Scowsill, President and CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council

The Summit programme is available online.

Applications remain open until 30 January for the ITF Transport Awards. Apply here.

Photo (l-r): Mary Crass, ITF Head of Policy and Summit Preparation, Simon Bridges, New Zealand Transport Minister, Jari Kauppila, ITF Economist.
Impacts of Expanding Airport Capacity on Competition and Connectivity
The UK's Airports Commission published its assessment for proposals of additional runways at Heathrow and Gatwick airports in November to considerable media interest. ITF provided one of the technical reports for the strategic fit analysis that underpins the Commission's analysis.

The ITF report entitled "Impacts of Expanding Airport Capacity on Competition and Connectivity" summarises a quantitative analysis of the likely responses from airlines in all segments of the market building on an earlier companion report published in November 2014 and considers the possible influence of changes to existing airline business models and the introduction of new types of aircraft. The Airport Commission's consultation will run until 3 February 2015

Go to the publication

See all ITF work on aviation
New Articles on Ports, Local Government and Emissions by ITF Expert
Two recent articles by ITF's ports and shipping expert Olaf Merk in Port Technology International, a journal for port professionals, highlight issues for the maritime sector.

In "Local government and ports: a perfect match?", Merk examines whether more local government involvement in ports can provide positive impacts.
Read the article.

"Shipping emissions in ports: overview, impact and prognosis" gives an overview of shipping emissions in ports in 2011 and projections to 2050 per continent and ship type.
Read the article.

A concluding overview of the effectiveness of port-city governance mechanisms is the focus of Merk's contribution to a chapter in a new book on Port-City Governance.
Read the chapter (pdf)
Read the book

Merk's publication "The Competitiveness of Global Port Cities" was published by OECD in December 2014.
Go to the publication

Photo: bellevue21 | Flickr cc

Forum Activities
ITF Secretary-General José Viegas (pictured) participated in the panel on "Smart Cities for a Global Sustainable Development" alongside the Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera, during the Transforming Transportation 2015 event on 15 January in Washington, D.C., USA.

During TRB week Secretary-General Viegas, Mary Crass, Head of Policy and Summit Preparation, and Stephen Perkins, Head of Research, held meetings in Washington D.C. with representatives from the USA Department of Transport (DoT), with the Director of Embarq Holger Dalkmann, and with the World Bank's Director of Transport and ICT Global Practise José Luis Irigoyen.

"Evolving Challenges in Transport Systems" was the theme of a speech delivered by José Viegas at a seminar organised by Thales Portugal in Sintra on 16 January.

The new European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc met with Secretary-General Viegas on 22 January in Brussels, Belgium (pictured).

ITF is very pleased to welcome new staff members:

Bénédicte Busquet has joined the ITF as a researcher for six months prior to graduating from Sciences Po's Urban Affairs Master Degree. She will be working on two ports and shipping studies: The Impact of Megaships, and Cruise Shipping and Urban Development. Prior to this, Bénédicte has focused on port city governance, public transit systems, and urban environmental policies.

Magdalena Olczak-Rancitelli joins the Summit Team as Project Manager/Analyst from the OECD where she worked on the preparations of the OECD Annual Forum and diverse policy portfolios, including consumer and competition policies, environmental policy, education and gender.

Katie Reid has joined the ITF on secondment from the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, ITF's 2014-15 Presidency country. Katie will assist the Summit and Policy team in preparing the 2015 Summit and support the New Zealand Presidency work.

At the end of December 2015, the ITF was subject to an illicit internet hacking incident which was quickly resolved. The Secretariat wishes to apologise to any users of our website who may have been affected.

Energy, Climate and Air Quality Challenges: the role of urban transport policies in developing countries and emerging economies

CODATU XVI Conference Istanbul, Turkey
2-5 February 2015

2nd Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference

The Hague, Netherlands
5 February 2015
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