Background & Motivation

The transport sector has accounted for 28% of the CO2 emissions in Austria in 2015 1 , 54% of which are due to passenger cars. Unlike most other sectors, emissions from the transport sector are still increasing.

In order to fulfil the ambitious goals set by the Paris Agreement and to act in line with the sustainable development goals (SDGs), these emissions will have to be reduced substantially.


The simulations will yield specific advice for policy-makers at all governance levels concerning the environmental and socioeconomic effects of SAEVs under different scenarios.
Due to the large number of simulation runs with different underlying assumptions, we aim to involve stakeholders in defining the final scenarios for analysis which will enable us to provide policy-makers with in-depth information on the risks and uncertainties attached to the introduction of SAEVs as well as to the corresponding policy options, especially concerning socioeconomic effects.

Such information is especially valuable when uncertainty is large and path-dependency potentially very high (e.g. in the case of large-scale infrastructure investments or changes in taxation schemes).

Research questions and methodology

In order to meet its objectives and answer the associated key research questions, SimSAEV disposes of a target-oriented structure comprised of five work packages. All work packages are strongly interlinked and arranged in an order that ensures a smooth and logical workflow.

Each work package encompasses a tailored set of methods required to achieve the anticipated respective work package results.

Work packages

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