A – Cross-topic initiatives
Development of a scientific basis for external cost in Alpine areas (Study).
Coordinated modal-shift policies in the Alpine region build on the common understanding that the Alpine region faces over-proportional environmental impacts from freight and passenger transport. However, the scientific basis on external costs in mountain areas has not been updated recently and a basic piece of information is missing for the design of common policy instruments (especially for a common approach on pricing systems). Furthermore, the internalisation of external cost of transalpine transport remains a major claim and challenge in the context of a coordinated modal shift approach.
In order to have robust figures, it is important to provide a scientific basis for external cost in alpine areas, namely the so called mountain factors. Therefore, the EUSALP AG4 commissioned a study to evaluate and update these factors based on the analysis of existing research and monitoring studies.