TERM policy context, process and concept
The main aim of TERM is to monitor the progress and effectiveness of transport and environment integration strategies on the basis of a core set of indicators. The TERM indicators were selected and grouped to address seven key questions.
- Is the environmental performance of the transport sector improving?
- Are we getting better at managing transport demand and at improving the modal split?
- Are spatial and transport planning becoming better coordinated so as to match transport demand to the need for access?
- Are we optimising the use of existing transport infrastructure capacity and moving towards a better balanced intermodal transport system?
- Are we moving towards a fairer and more efficient pricing system which ensures that external costs are internalised?
- How rapidly are cleaner technologies being implemented and how efficiently are vehicles being used?
- How effectively are environmental management and monitoring tools being used to support policy- and decision-making?
The TERM indicator list covers the most important aspects of the transport and environment system (driving forces, pressures, state of the environment, impacts and societal responses — the DPSIR framework). It represents a long-term vision of the indicators that are ideally needed to answer the above questions.
The TERM process is steered jointly by the European Commission (Directorate-General for the Environment, Directorate-General for Transport and Energy, and Eurostat) and the EEA. The EEA member countries and other international organisations provide input and are consulted on a regular basis.