Energy Modelling for the Transport Sector A Summary of the SATIM Methodology

"Energy economy environment models such as TIMES are often used to look at opportunities and costs of reducing greenhouse gasses (GHGs). The South African TIMES model (SATIM) has been developed for this purpose and its methodology is documented online. The transport sector module in SATIM is relatively highly developed due to investment from a number of dedicated transport studies and because the data for the road transport sub-sector, for instance the licensing database and fuel and vehicle sales, is quite detailed and well maintained by the responsible government and industry institutions. The sector has many of the characteristics of developing nations, including a large, partly regulated minibus taxi fleet and a growing rate of motorisation. Hence this module of SATIM may be of interest to developing countries."