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Environmental assessment of 9 European public bus transportation systems

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Oliver Heidrich


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The transportation sector is one of the largest sources of EUs greenhouse gas emissions. In 2011, transportation represented approximately 25 percent of total EUs greenhouse gas emissions. Urban mobility accounts for 40% of all CO2 emissions of road transport and up to 70% of other pollutants from transport. As, transportation and mobility play a crucial part both in urban economics and the quality of life, it is of great significance to ensure a low carbon transportation sector, so as to deal with the threat that climate change poses to urban areas. This study examines the factors that affect the production of carbon dioxide (CO2) as well as of air pollutants, in 9 major European cities, aiming to provide a comprehensive overview of the actual knowledge on the atmospheric pollution from public transportation systems. CO2 emissions as well as air pollutants, such as CO, HC, PM, NOx are calculated for the diesel and CNG bus fleets of the European cities under study. Finally the environmental benefits, in terms of CO2 and CO, HC, PM, NOx emissions reductions, from the penetration of different biodiesel blends (from B10 to B100) to the bus fleets are estimated. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Nanaki EA, Koroneos CJ, Roset J, Susca T, Christensen TH, Hurtado SDG, Rybka A, Kopitovic J, Heidrich O, Lopez-Jimenez PA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sustainable Cities and Society

Year: 2017

Volume: 28

Pages: 42-52

Print publication date: 01/01/2017

Online publication date: 29/08/2016

Acceptance date: 25/08/2016

ISSN (print): 2210-6707

ISSN (electronic): 2210-6715

Publisher: Elsevier Science BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.scs.2016.08.025


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