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EDGAR modal shift: air emissions evaluation and distribution for multi-modal transport shifts in the Danube region

EDGAR modal shift: air emissions evaluation and distribution for multi-modal transport shifts in the Danube region

Abstract

The EC/JRC EDGAR team is working together with experts from relevant institutions in the Danube region to design/build a sustainable tool to evaluate and distribute air emissions from transport sector aiming at a transport mobility-environment integrated approach to support the Danube Strategy implementation.

The EDGAR modal shift initiative of the Danube Air Nexus project shows that by involving emission experts from countries/institutions1 in the Danube region an innovative tool (EDGAR.ms) can be built based on a methodology that was developed specifically for the best use of the available information and expertise in this region. The EDGAR.ms, a macro-regional approach implemented in the JRC/EDGAR tool (info on http://edgar.jrc.ec.europa.eu/), is designed as an interactive instrument to explore the impact of modal shifts in transport on air emissions for different ex-post scenarios in the Danube region.

The final products of the EDGAR.ms are modal-shift scenario air emission gridmaps for transport sector in the Danube region, which have been created based on the country/region data (where not available, EDGAR gapfills). The added values of this approach is that the institutions/authorities/PAs in the region can provide their emission scenarios resulting from the macro-regional transport mobility policy as input to EDGAR.ms and assess the air emission pattern changes for different options and the benefits of a sustainable transport policy, freight transport in particular e.g. the effects of exchanging trucks by ships for freight transport exploiting the Danube river.

1The following countries and institutions are contributing with data/expertise to the Danube Strategy implementation through the EDGAR modal shift initiative (preliminary list for this ongoing work):

  • EKONERG Ltd., Croatia
  • KIT Institute for Transport Sciences, Hungary
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Romania
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Serbia
  • Danube Commission
  • Tool: EDGAR.ms1

    The EDGAR.ms1 tool is a Web-based gridding tool with a set of consistent proxy-data for transport sector that covers all countries in the Danube region. This is an interactive tool to be used by regional institutions/authorities/PAs to evaluate air emissions for different modal shift scenarios and distribute these emissions on regional gridmaps for transport sector, which has trans-boundary characteristics regarding both infrastructure (roads/rails/navigable rivers) and air emissions. Documentation: "The impact of modal shift in transport on air emissions: methodology development for the best use of the available information and expertise in the Danube region" (link to PUBSY-deliverable 31 December 2015).

    Output: Modal-shift scenario air emission gridmaps for transport sector in the Danube region.

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