A General Modelling and Simulation System for Sustainability Impact Assessment in the Field of Traffic and Logistics

A General Modelling and Simulation System for Sustainability Impact Assessment in the Field of Traffic and Logistics

Lorenz M. Hilty (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research, Switzerland), Ruth Meyer (University of Hamburg, Germany) and Thomas F. Ruddy (Solothurn University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-02-0.ch010
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Abstract

Traffic comprises a large and persistently growing share of resource consumption and environmental stress in modern economies. Even on our way towards an Information and Knowledge Society, the demand for physical transport has not let up. Although the total physical mass transported is no longer increasing in modern economies, the distances and exchange frequencies still are, both in freight and in passenger traffic. That is making traffic with its effects on the environment into one of the most difficult problems that has to be solved if we want to attain sustainable development.

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