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26 November 2014, Madrid – Quantifying the Effect of ITS on City Emissions

ICT-Emissions organised an exploitation workshop on “Quantifying the Effect of ITS on City Emissions” on Wednesday, 26th November 2014, at Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid.

The workshop presented an integrated approach to tackling air pollutants and CO2 emissions from road transport through the implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The approach uses commercial traffic and emissions models and connects modelling at the micro (car-passenger level) and the macro (city level) scales.

The agenda can be found here.

Presentations given at the workshop can be found below:

ICT-Emissions modelling framework – Silvana Toffolo, CNH-IVECO
Variable Speed Limit – Madrid Case Study –  Alvaro Garcia-Castro, UPM
Green Navigation – Madrid Case Study – Cristina Valdes, UPM
Urban Traffic Control – Turin Case Study – Silvana Toffolo, CNH-IVECO
Adaptive Cruise Control Systems – Munich Case Study – Werner Maier, Berner & Mattner Systemtechnik GmbH
The ICT-Emissions Database Library – Werner Maier, Berner & Mattner Systemtechnik GmbH

This event was hosted in the framework of the 2014 Annual Polis Conference on sustainable urban transport on 27-28 November in Madrid. An introduction to the ICT-Emissions methodology was given at the Polis Air Quality workshop from 11:00 to 15:00 on the same day.

13 November 2014, Brussels – Latest projects developments unveiled at ICT-Emissions Exploitation Group meeting

The third workshop of the ICT-Emissions exploitation group took place on November 13th, 2013 at the Polis network premises in Brussels.

This meeting was open to stakeholders from the automotive industry, OEMs, ITS and ICT providers, and software developers. Public authorities are also showing great interest in the project and in its products to help reducing CO2 levels of passenger road transport in urban environments. The meeting saw the participation of the city of Rotterdam, Zurich and Agence Wallonne de l’Air et du Climat (AWAC), in addition to project partners who are representing the city of Turin, Madrid and Rome in the project.

The workshop aimed at informing stakeholders on the latest project achievements, attracting comments, suggestions and input, and initiating synergies and complementarities. Professor Zissis Samaras, from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), opened the meeting and set out a series of key questions on the project’s target:

  • What is the impact of dynamic speed limits on a ring-road?
  • How much would a city benefit for different UTC systems?
  • How much can adaptive cruise control reduce real-world emissions?
  • What is the environmental benefit of introducing “green navigation” on GPS navigators?

ICT-Emissions is addressing such issues with a comprehensive approach:

  1. Developing a vehicle simulators to calculate CO2 emissions of cars when operating in ICT regimes;
  2. Extending commercial traffic models to simulate the impact of ICT measures at the micro and macro scales;
  3. Validating the methodology on measured real-world ICT application cases;
  4. Collecting the impact of ICT measures on traffic, energy and emissions in a library;
  5. Issuing recommendations and implementation guidelines for use of best-practice ICT measures.

These activities will lead to the final ICT-Emissions products which will be taken up by the automotive and manufacturer industry, and public authorities after the end of the project.

In this meeting we looked closely at results from the three case studies: Urban motorway Calle30 in Madrid, Turin city centre, and two Rome’s urban corridors. Laura Borgarello (Centro Ricerche fiat CRF) presented the ICT-Emissions Driving Cycles.

Christian Vock (AVL) and Prof. Leonidas Ntziachristos (LAT) introduced the Development and use of the vehicle energy/emission simulator in ICT-Emissions.

Then Prof. Ntziachristos presented the approach to draft a Library with driving situations which will summarise main modelling details and results of simulation in a single electronic repository.

Dr Werner Maier (Berner & Mattner Systemtechnik GmbH) introduced the Driver Simulator and Simulation of ADAS Vehicles in Micro-Traffic Environments.

Silvana Toffolo (Iveco) went right at the core of the project and presented Traffic and Emission Models: Models integration. The meeting ended with a presentation by Gertien Klunder (TNO) on the common Amistran and ICT-Emissions roadmap.

The agenda can be found here.

Presentations are given below:


7 March 2104, Brussels  – Exchanging on methodologies to assess the impact of ICT measures on road transport

The second meeting of the ICT-Emissions exploitation group took place on March 7th, 2013 at the Polis network premises in Brussels.

In this meeting Professor Zissis Samaras, from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) –  also the project coordinator – presented the energy and emissions modeling approach developed in ICT-Emissions; Ms Silvana Toffolo from IVECO (Italy) illustrated the selection of ICT measures for assessing their impact on CO2 emissions. Two representatives from EU funded projects Amitran (Assessment Methodologies for ICT in multi-modal transport from User Behaviour to CO2 reduction) and ECOSTAND were invited to attend the workshop in presenting  Amitran’s assessment methodology for determining the impacts of ICT or ITS on energy efficiency and CO2 emissions in the transport sector.

The exploitation group meeting was attended by 24 delegates, representing public authorities (Rotterdam, Zurich, Agence Wallonne de l’Air et du Climat, the Dutch agency Rijkswaterstaat which is part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment), the automotive industry and OEMs (Toyota Motor Europe, Magneti Marelli), AVL,  the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA),  Aimsum (transport modelling software), TNO (Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research), TECNALIA (private Technology Centre in Spain devoted to applied research), NOKIA, the European Federation of Leasing Company Associations (Leaseurope).

The agenda can be found here: ICT-Emissions agenda exploitation group meeting 7032013

Presentations are given below:

Prof. Zissis Samaras, project coordinator

Jordi Casas, TSS

Gerdien Klunder, TNO

Prof. Zizzis Samaras, and Hermann Heich


7 October 2012, Amsterdam – ICT-Emissions exploitation group kicked off in Amsterdam

The first meeting of the ICT-Emissions exploitation group for cities and regions took place on October 17th, 2012 at the Science Centre ‘NEMO’ in Amsterdam.

In this meeting ICT-Emissions partners reported on the work accomplished to date, including presentations on the selection of ICT measures for assessing their impact on CO2 emissions (IVECO), the case of Madrid (presented by TRANSyT-UPM), and energy and emissions modeling approaches in ICT-Emissions.

The meeting was held in concomitance with the Polis working group meeting on Mobility & Traffic Efficiency who gathered to talk open data and the ITS Directive. Overall the exploitation group meeting was attended by 20 delegates, mainly representing public authorities (Dublin, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, province of North Brabant), public transit authority in Milan (ATM), the Dutch Traffic and Transport Knowledge Resource Centre (kpVV), the Norwagian Public Road Administration (NPRA).

In the afternoon the group participated in a technical visit to Amsterdam Traffic Control Centre.

This first meeting of the ICT-Emissions exploitation group was meant to present the ICT-Emissions project and its methodology to cities. It also aimed at engaging them in a dialogue with the project and at assessing the interest of local authorities in exchanging information with ICT Emissions to assess CO2 emissions for their local ITS measures.

A second meeting is planned to meet with the automotive industry and OEMs in 2013.

The agenda can be found here: ICT-Emissions agenda exploitation group meeting 17102012

Link to the presentations are given below.

Some impressions from the meeting:

Exploitation group in Amsterdam


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ICT-Emissions “Development of a methodology and tool to evaluate the impact of ICT measures on road transport emissions” is a project funded by the European Commission, 7th Framework Programme-ICT under Grant Agreement No. 288568.

The project started on 1st October 2011 and ended on 31 March 2015.






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