For Future Inland Transport Systems (ForFITS)
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  • Submitted by: Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • Topic: Sustainable transport
  • Keywords: policy, transportation, mobility, passenger transport, freight transport, energy, CO2 emissions, decision-making, strategic planning, measurement, indicators
  • Location: Global
  • Date of completion: 2020
In Support of Rio+20 Future We Want
This initiative is in support of paragraph 132, 133 of the Rio+20 outcome document, the Future We Want
Deliverable Date
Training session for an administrative entity in each region 2013
Capacity-building workshops in each UN region 2013
Development of the modeling tool 2013
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Transport Policy Dialogue based on the ForFITS model, Development of the modelling tool, Capacity-building workshops and training sessions
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) that services the Inland Transport Committee
Description/achievement of initiative
ForFITS allows the analysis of the evolution of transport activity, energy use and CO2 emissions in a range of policy contexts. Using ForFITS, transport stakeholders can better grasp the impact of drivers such as economic development; demographic evolution (including urbanization); energy price development; technology availability and cost. The tool considers the effect of policy instruments such as taxation and subsidies on vehicles, fuel, and road use; structural changes in passenger freight transport. ForFITS has the potential to allow policymakers and transport stakeholders to understand transport development patterns, enabling them to take decisions that can contribute to Rio+20 sustainable development goals.
Implementation methodologies
ForFITS leverages on the feedback received in a multi-stakeholder workshop analyzing different methodological options and builds on a review on statistics, mitigation polices, and similar modelling tools. It will be released on-line for free, jointly with a user-manual that will be translated in the five UN languages. An awareness raising process and capacity building workshops will be carried out in cooperation with the other UN Regional Commissions. The project aims to involve partners like national administrations, regional and city authorities, NGOs, statistical offices, research and academic institutions. Capacity-building workshop and training sessions will allow using and piloting the tool in specific case studies. The result of the analytical use of the tool will assist decision-makers in the choice and implementation of transport, mobility, energy and carbon-mitigation policies and plans.

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