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Reduced Carbon and Energy Footprint in Highway Operations: The Highway Energy Assessment (HERA) methodology
Year:2014

Research Areas
  • Civil engineering and architecture

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Abstract
Global demand for mobility is increasing and the environmental impact of transport has become an important issue in transportation network planning and decision-making, as well as in the operational management phase. Suitable methods are required to assess emissions and fuel consumption reduction strategies that seek to improve energy efficiency and furthering decarbonization. This study describes the development and application of an improved modeling framework ? the HERA (Highway EneRgy Assessment) methodology ? that enables to assess the energy and carbon footprint of different highways and traffic flow scenarios and their comparison. HERA incorporates an average speed consumption model adjusted with a correction factor which takes into account the road gradient. It provides a more comprehensive method for estimating the footprint of particular highway segments under specific traffic conditions. It includes the application of the methodology to the Spanish highway network to validate it. Finally, a case study shows the benefits from using this methodology and how to integrate the objective of carbon footprint reductions into highway design, operation and scenario comparison.
International
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JCR
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Title
Networks And Spatial Economics
ISBN
1566-113X
Impact factor JCR
1,805
Impact info
Volume
10.1007/s11067-014-9225-y
Journal number
From page
1
To page
1
Month
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Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Planificación del Transporte
  • Departamento: Ingeniería Civil: Transporte y Territorio
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de Investigación del Transporte