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Freight traffic in Europe: costs and alternatives

The European Commission has just released a handbook on the internationalisation of external costs in the transport sector. The handbook features proven methods for estimating and monetising the costs caused by air pollution, noise, climate change, congestion and accidents.
It also contains examples and best practice methods for internalising the external costs of all modes of transport.
The objective of the EUREKA research project SPIN-ALP (Scanning the Potential of Intermodal Transport on Alpine Corridors) launched at the end of 2007 is to make a tangible contribution to transferring more road transport in the Alpine region to the railways. One of its goals is to develop a new software tool designed to enable transport companies to analyse and plan alternative modes of transport across all means of transport.
Sources and information: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/costs/handbook/index (en), www.lifepr.de/pressemeldungen (de)