Amitran - Project Overview

Amitran – Assessment methodologies for ICT in multi-modal transport from User Behaviour to CO2 reduction

 

The Amitran project defined a reference methodology to assess the impact of intelligent transport systems on CO2 emissions. The methodology is intended for use as a reference by other projects and covers both passenger and freight transport by road, rail, and shipping (short sea and inland navigation).

Amitran cooperated with several European projects where ICT applications and tools are developed which potentially contribute to CO2 reduction.

Objectives

The Amitran project aimed to “connect the dots” by developing a generic methodology to correctly estimate emission reductions achieved by information and communication technologies (ICT) applied to the transport sector, known as “intelligent transport systems” (ITS). The methodology is aimed primarily at specialists in the field of modelling, assessment and transport engineering, who wish to study the effects of ITS from the basis of a specific research question. It requires the use of demand, traffic simulation and emission models as well as data: Amitran compliments models and provides tools to interface between them, but does not replace proprietary models or provide new ones. 

Amitran can also assist at a more general level, for example providing guidance to policy advisors and decision makers who are interested in CO2 assessment in general, or commission assignments for CO2 assessment studies of ITS. The process can therefore help in setting the terms of reference and requirements of studies

The Amitran project aimed to “connect the dots” by developing a generic methodology to correctly estimate emission reductions achieved by information and communication technologies (ICT) applied to the transport sector, known as “intelligent transport systems” (ITS). The methodology is aimed primarily at specialists in the field of modelling, assessment and transport engineering, who wish to study the effects of ITS from the basis of a specific research question. It requires the use of demand, traffic simulation and emission models as well as data: Amitran compliments models and provides tools to interface between them, but does not replace proprietary models or provide new ones. 

Amitran can also assist at a more general level, for example providing guidance to policy advisors and decision makers who are interested in CO2 assessment in general, or commission assignments for CO2 assessment studies of ITS. The process can therefore help in setting the terms of reference and requirements of studies.Specifically, Amitran:

  • Developed a CO2 assessment methodology for ICT measures that includes multimodal passenger and freight transport and took into account the whole chain of effects (from user behaviour to CO2 production);
  • Designed open interfaces for models and simulation tools implementing the project’s methodology;
  • Established a generic scaling up methodology to translate local effects into the European level;
  • Validated the proposed methodology and its implementation using data available from other projects or studies;
  • Produced an online knowledge base with a checklist, guidance and statistical database, which can be used as a reference by other projects treating ITS assessment, whether at local, national or European level.

 

Project type: Collaborative project (generic)

Budget: 2.63M€ (EU contribution: 1.9M€)

Funding: Co-funded by the European Commission, DG INFSO, 7th Framework Programme

Dates: 1 November 2011 – 30 September 2014

Duration: 35 months

Coordinator: Gerdien Klunder (TNO) - gerdien.klunder@tno.nl

Partners: DLR, ECORYS, ERTICO, PTV, TEAMNETTECNALIATNO

Amitran final brochure

This publication summarises the outputs of the project and provides hints on how to use them.

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Amitran Checklist

The Amitran Checklist provides guidance for assessing the impact of ITS on CO₂ emissions.

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