Sustainability Assessment of Mobility Projects (STAR)
Brief description of the solution and the added value it delivers
Methodological tool in the form of a piece of software that produces a sustainability rating for mobility projects, plans and policies.
Description of the technological basis
The model is structured into three steps:
- The first step involves identifying and quantifying the criteria necessary to characterise sustainability in the context of the project or intervention to be assessed.
- The second step determines appropriate and logical weightings for each previously identified sustainability criterion. The weighting process, published by Bueno and Vassallo (2015), uses the REMBRANDT technique, a pairwise comparison method for determining the relative importance of different criteria, and also incorporates the opinions of decision-makers.
- The third step quantifies the sustainability performance of the alternatives in order to select the option with the best overall score.
The model is available as an R software package with a Shiny graphics output. It requires calibration for each specific case.
Business needs / application
Having a tool for assessing the sustainability of mobility solutions is important for the following reasons:
- Currently used assessment methods, such as cost-benefit analyses, do not adequately incorporate environmental and social impacts.
- To be awarded European funds, in particular through the NextGenerationEU recovery and resilience facility, it is necessary to assess the sustainability of the solutions requiring funding.
- Most sustainability assessment instruments are focused on specific kinds of infrastructure and cannot easily be extended to other mobility solutions.
The principal competitive advantages of this tool are as follows:
- It allows companies to accompany their innovative mobility solutions with an assessment demonstrating their sustainability.
- There is currently no flexible tool for assessing the sustainability of mobility projects.
- It makes it easier for companies to justify the environmental and social interest of the mobility solutions they are proposing.
Past performance references
- The mechanism was applied in a pilot project under the supervision of experts from the European Investment Bank (EIB), with the aim of assessing the sustainability impact of a road project in Spain. The pilot showed that the tool works correctly when it comes to prioritising alternatives.
- The methodology and tool were developed at UPM’s Transport Research Centre(TRANSyT) http://www.transyt.upm.es/, whose mission is to carry out research for more efficient, connected and sustainable mobility.
Stage of development
- Lab prototype
- Industrial prototype