STUDY : Sustainable transport infrastructure charging and internalisation of transport externalities

Commissioned by the European Commission, CE Delft and partners investigated to what extent the external and infrastructure costs of transport are covered by transport taxes and charges in the EU28 Member States and selected other countries (i.e. Norway, Switzerland, United States, Canada and Japan). It provides an overview of the progress EU Member States have made towards the goal of full internalisation of external and infrastructure costs of transport and it identifies approaches for further internalisation. As input for this analysis, several supporting assessments are carried out, including an update of the Handbook on external costs of transport, a study on the infrastructure costs of transport and the compilation of a comprehensive overview of transport taxes and charges applied in the various countries.
The results of this study are presented in five separate deliverables and published under the webiste of the CE Delft under the present link: Study Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Charging and Internalisation of Transport Externalities 

  • Handbook on the external costs of transport – Version 2019
  • Overview of transport infrastructure expenditures and costs
  • Transport taxes and charges in Europe  – An overview of economic internalisation measures applied in Europe
  • State of play of internalisation in the European transport sector *)
  • Summary report: Sustainable transport infrastructure charging and internalisation of transport externalities: main findings.

*) An overview study commissioned by the European Commission, May 2019 :

An overview study of economic internalisation measures applied in Europe commissioned by the European Commission, March 2019 :

The study shows a.o. that the total external and infrastructure costs for IWT in the EU28 are about € 6 billion, mainly covering infrastructure costs (about 50%) and air pollution costs (about 33%). As there is only a limited number of relevant taxes/charges levied on IWT in the EU28 (in many countries only port charges are levied), the cost coverage ratio found for IWT is relatively low (about 6%).

The study does not draw any political conclusions but shows some ways how to better  internalise external costs. For IWT f.e. by higher port dues together with charging of emissions. It will however provide the basis for future discussions regarding IEC.

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Launch of IWT

Since the launch of IWT platform on 21/1/2019, during which DG Move’s Director General gave an inspiring speech, the IWT platform did not sit still. Indeed, we had regular meetings with the policymakers in DG-MOVE discussing social, environmental, technological and other matters. We actively participated in meetings organised by ALICE and WATERBORNE, driving further research and innovation. And we made clear to the European Commission that we want to be at the forefront in the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF) ; a forum that aims to digitalise all B2B and B2A communication across the whole transportchain

At the same time we contributed (and still are) contributing to the organisation of the upcoming event under the Finnish Presidency to show innovation in our sector in the Port of Brussel on October 16 and are working on a joint IWT & ports sector narrative that soon will be published. Both initiatives are aiming at convincing the “newcomers” in the Commission and Parliament about the potential Inland Waterway shipping has. Outside “Brussels”, IWT took the stage on many different occasions and left those stages with a positive feedback in our backpockets..

That, and much more, happened since IWT’s launch, but although not fully operational before that time, a lot was done already during 2018. What was done, how it was done and by whom and what we aim for in 2019 and beyond can be read in this report.

Last but not least we created this website. Though it is still work in progress, it is time  “ go live “ . When surfing you will be able to discover IWT’s origin and structure, its objectives, its team and a lot more. It’s the ambition to report through the website about the work done by the respective Committees and to inform relevant stakeholders about what IWT considers as important matters