Strategic change processes
Reduction of CO2 emissions

Reduction of CO2 emissions

The situation

The European Union is pushing for European air quality: the Sixth Environmental Action Programme (6th MAP) was adopted in 2005 and one of the strategies formulated in it dealt with how to improve the quality of the air. The strategy has generated a cacophonous hullabaloo, which has resulted in significant changes to the standards applicable to exhaust emissions. One of the insights that have been gained is that circular routes around towns generate a great deal of fine dust particles locally (possibly even above the primary standards), but that they do keep the air in the town’s centre much cleaner. Be that as it may: what has however become abundantly clear is that it is very hard for the Netherlands to fulfil the European standards.

Our contribution

We took the initiative and designed a concept to improve the quality of the air. The essence of our approach is to set up smart dynamic traffic management systems. You could use air quality measurements to determine how to create traffic detours that would enable the government authorities to fulfil the air quality standards. Linking the traffic and transport problem to established environmental standards presents new opportunities in both domains. The province of Brabant, the municipality of Helmond, Eindhoven and Den Bosch, as well as the city district, along with RWS and market players such as Siemens and knowledge institutes such as TNO and TU Delft have all expressed the intention of organising a work conference on this theme in the near future. We wish to make an active contribution in the exchange of knowledge and information.

The result

Various government bodies are considering the idea of viewing traffic and transport in coherence with the environment and even the economy. The technology and innovation clusters of the economy, in particular, could make an important contribution in the provision of new solutions for dynamic traffic management. Bringing the different parties together would make it possible to compile an integral long-term plan that could realise the desired reduction of CO2 emission levels now and in the years ahead.