The internalisation of external cost: opportunity or threat for intermodal transport?

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Abstract

Intermodal transport, the combination and integration of several transport modes, with the use of loading units, is in most cases more environmentally friendly than unimodal road transport for the carriage of goods. For other external cost categories besides environmental costs (e.g. congestion and accidents) the outperformance of intermodal transport compared to road transport is even more outspoken. An internalisation of the external costs is therefore said to positively influence the market share of intermodal transport. In this paper a simulation by means of the LAMBIT-model (Location Analysis Model for Belgian Intermodal Terminals) will analyse the effect on the market share of intermodal transport when this internalisation would be introduced. In this respect it is worthwhile to analyse the impact of including or excluding certain external cost categories, given the fact that there is already a partial integration of externalities through the existing taxation system. Also, there is ongoing discussion on the EU level regarding the inclusion of particular external cost categories. In the LAMBIT model, barge/road and rail/road combinations can be simulated within Belgium.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNECTAR Conference 2009
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2009
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

Publication series

NameNECTAR Conference 2009

Conference

ConferenceFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period21/09/0925/09/09

Keywords

  • Intermodal transport
  • external costs
  • GIS network

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