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The purpose of this action is to support policy formulation related to the transport sector, its environmental and climate change impact, as well as the effect of transport policies in the overall performance of the EU economy.

The EU fosters a Transport policy aiming at improving the competitiveness of the EU economy, contributing to the better functioning of the internal market, lowering the environmental footprint and other negative externalities and guaranteeing the EU citizen a cost-effective service. The TSEA action provides analyses of the economics of transport using quantitative methodologies and tools, with the objective to support the formulation of policies and contribute to the corresponding impact analysis.

The action supports the European Commission's Directorate General for Mobility and Transport through the development, maintenance and application of specialised applications needed for policy support. The activity is centred on the TRANS-TOOLS and TREMOVE models, two reference tools for the EC to whose development the action has contributed, but also includes other activities related to the development of databases and other dedicated applications, like the MARCOPOLO transport external costs calculator.

This activity also targets the European Commission's Directorate General for Regional Policy, for what concerns ex-ante and ex-post evaluation of transport-related cohesion fund projects.

The activities of TSEA focus on the evaluation of policy measures in relation to the main objectives of EU transport policy related to the economy and competitiveness, as well as on the decarbonisation of transport.

Within the former, TSEA delivers Techno-economic analysis of emerging technologies, analysis of impacts on transport demand, on costs, and the competitiveness of the European transport sector, both as a main element of economic activity (transport of people and goods) and as an industrial sector itself. With respect to the latter, TSEA develops GHG and air pollutant emission scenarios, addresses other external costs like congestion, accidents, noise, etc and its economic impacts, as well as the cost-benefit analysis of technologies and measures to reduce transport externalities.

More specifically, the action:

  • Studies and characterizes long-term scenarios for decarbonising the transport sectors for specific policy initiatives (White Paper, Motorways of the Sea, etc)
  • Contributes to the design and implementation of the Strategic Transport Technology Plan, in close collaboration with the EC and the relevant stakeholders.
  • Supports the economic analyses related to Trans-European Networks in Transport
  • Develops methodologies to address transport congestion and the policies aiming to alleviate it.
  • Quantifies on an harmonised framework the external costs associated to the transport activities.
  • Collaborates with EC services to analyse the impact of Cohesion Fund projects related to transportation policies.

Current Framework Programme Projects

OPTIMISM: Optimising Passenger Transport Information to Materialise Insights for Sustainable Mobility

About the Project: OPTIMISM will develop strategies and methodologies for optimising passenger transport systems based on co-modality ICT solutions. Towards this goal, OPTIMISM project will consider passenger needs and the carbon-neutral objective.

additional information Action Leader: P. Christidis

Contact: Economics of Climate Change, Energy and Transport Unit