Integrated Assessment of Mobility Systems

To understand the significance of the technologies devel-oped within the other capacity areas of this SCCER it is necessary to know how they will compare, using a wide range of indicators for their total Swiss transport and energy sector impacts, and how they will compete against each other in the transportation and energy marketplaces. Here we will therefore provide a specific vector of concrete environmental, economic and social indicators, using key methodological tools to estimate the total systemic impacts and comparative trade-offs for all major mobility technologies and combined technology strategies. This is done based on the ability to optimize drivetrain designs based on technology advances developed in innovation field A, to estimate the fleet impacts based on future transport scenarios and driving patterns from capacity area B1, and to allow all different modes of transport to compete against each other.


Dr. Stefan Hirschberg
Senior Advisor at Paul Scherrer Institute
(formerly Head of Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis at PSI) / 056 310 29 56

Paul Scherrer Institute PSI
Senior Advisor
formerly Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis, LEA
Dr. Stefan Hirschberg, Coordinator

Institut für Nachhaltige Entwicklung, INE
Dr. Merja Hoppe, Deputy Coordinator

Istituto sostenibilità applicata all'ambiente costruito, ISAAC
Dr. Roman Rudel

University of St. Gallen HSG
Institute for Economy and the Environment
Prof. Dr. Rolf Wüstenhagen

Drivetrain Technology & Fleet Scenario Analysis (B2.1)

M1-B2.1   Test of simulation framework
M2-B2.1   Apply results to current Swiss fleet

Transport Impact Assessment (B2.2)

M1-B2.2   Selection of representative performance indicators
M2-B2.2   Small-scale test case
M3-B2.2   Full indicator set for current technologies

Results    M3-B2.2 Indicators for technology performance

Energy-Economic Modeling (B2.3)

M1-B2.3   Technology Data Base
M2-B2.3   Working Model Framework
M3-B2.3   Set of Scenario assumptions

Results    D1-B2.3 Summary: Analysis of energy-transport interactions in Switzerland over the long term

Socio-economic Aspects (B2.4)

M1-B2.4   Map of Swiss transformation potential
M2-B2.4   Map of potential options & barriers
M3-B2.4   Transformation Framework

Results    D1-B2.4 Map of Swiss potential for transformation of mobility | Feb. 2017

Top-down vision of future Swiss transport & mobility (B2.5)

M1-B2.5   Top-down vision

Results    D1-B2.5 Towards and Energy Efficient and Climate Compatible Future Swiss Transportation System | May 2017


Mobility and the energiewende: an environmental and economic life cycle assessment of the Swiss transport sector including developments until 2050
This dissertation is embedded in the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER) Mobility project, which aims to develop and assess technologies that will help to reduce the energy consumption and environmental impacts of transportation technologies (SCCER Mobility 2014). In particular, Brian Cox will contribute to work packages B2.1 “Drivetrain Technology and Fleet Scenario Analysis” and B2.2 “Transportation Impact Analysis”. Research Plan

Master Thesis

  • Environmental and economic assessment of current and future freight transport systems by road and rail in Switzerland: Ligen Y., Technology Assessment Group, Laboratory for Energy System Analysis Paul Scherrer Institute, Supervisors: Bauer C., Cox B., 2015   PDF
  • Life cycle assessment of current and future passenger air transport in Switzerland: Jemiolo W., Technology Assessment Group, Laboratory for Energy System Analysis, Paul Scherrer Institute, Supervisor: Cox B., Tutor: Solvoll G., 2015   PDF