HIGH-TOOL – A Strategic Assessment Tool for Evaluating E U Transport Policies



HIGH-TOOL – A Strategic Assessment Tool for Evaluating E U Transport Policies

Authors

Eckhared Szimba, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Network Economics, Jan Ihrig, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Network Economics, Andreu Ulied, Mcrit

Description

The paper will present key features of the HIGH-TOOL model, a strategic assessment tool developed for the European Commission for the evaluation of EU transport policies.

Abstract

Decisions on transport policy measures proposed by the European Union (EU) as addressed, for instance, by the White Paper on Transport (European Commission, 2011) have long-term and important impacts on economy, environment and society. Transport policy measures can lock up capital for decades and cause manifold external effects – thus, policy measures may have a tremendous scope, especially if proposed at the European level. In order to allow European policy-makers the identification of the most advantageous transport policies and the evaluation of transport policies, a strategic assessment tool is developed for the European Commission to compute economic, environmental and social impacts of transport policies.

On the basis of key EU policy requirements a modular framework for the strategic policy assessment tool is developed, consisting of the Passenger Demand, Freight Demand, Demography, Economy & Resources, Vehicle Stock, Environment, and the Safety module. Each module is further divided into sub-modules. A Data Stock is required to facilitate the data exchange between the modules, to provide exogenous input data for the modules and to store output data. Finally the user interface allows the operation of the model and provides access to assessment results in a user-friendly way.

The paper will present the assessment tool’s structure, and its scope of application area. Furthermore, the individual modules will be characterized in terms of modelling methodologies and linkages with other modules. Finally, the paper will describe tool functionalities from the users’ point of view such as policy selection options, as well as user interface and assessment reporting.

Publisher

Association for European Transport