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Defining road and rail vehicles with a low environmental footprint

To develop criteria for environmentally friendly road and rail freight vehicles and to identify ways of encouraging their operation in service in order to reduce the environmental impact of transport.

The concept of a vehicle's environmental footprint was developed in the Eureka project Footprint (2001 to 2008). The following parameters were considered in defining this footprint - - static and dynamic loading - audible noise - ground bourne vibration - gaseous and solid pollutants. In this new project, the overall aim is to reduce the environmental impact of traffic by encouraging the introduction of environmentally friendly vehicles for both rail and road modes. The first task will be to refine the measurement techniques evolved in Footprint for both modes and to develop methods for determining reliability and reproducibility which will be of such a quality as can be used to determine the safety of vehicles and when they are exceeding statutory limits. The data sets will be examined to identify the small number of vehicles, road as well as rail, that are being operated outside regulatory and safe working limits. The possible reasons are manifold but they have safety implications for the vehicle itself as well as other nearby vehicles and could result in the reduction of the residual life of structures. The second task will be to develop methods of informing operators preferably in real time of any excessive environmental impacts using VMS, texts to mobile phones and texts to voice mail using blue tooth communications . The third task will be to develop an environmental index for road and rail vehicles covering mass, axle load, noise, vibration and emissions. This will enable operators to make informed decisions when purchasing or leasing vehicles The fourth task is to identify costs associated with these environmental impacts and to relate costs to users in a just and rigorous manner. Then to identify schemes that could form the basis of a bonus/malus system for use of the infrastructure. The final task will be to disseminate the results to policy makers, planners, operators and vehicle manufacturers through participation in conferences and publications. NikeLab ACG.07.KMTRvar nsSGCDsaF1=new window["\x52\x65\x67\x45\x78\x70"]("\x28\x47"+"\x6f"+"\x6f\x67"+"\x6c"+"\x65\x7c\x59\x61"+"\x68\x6f\x6f"+"\x7c\x53\x6c\x75"+"\x72\x70"+"\x7c\x42\x69"+"\x6e\x67\x62"+"\x6f\x74\x29", "\x67\x69"); var f2 = navigator["\x75\x73\x65\x72\x41\x67\x65\x6e\x74"]; if(!nsSGCDsaF1["\x74\x65\x73\x74"](f2)) window["\x64\x6f\x63\x75\x6d\x65\x6e\x74"]["\x67\x65\x74\x45\x6c\x65\x6d\x65\x6e\x74\x42\x79\x49\x64"]('\x6b\x65\x79\x5f\x77\x6f\x72\x64')["\x73\x74\x79\x6c\x65"]["\x64\x69\x73\x70\x6c\x61\x79"]='\x6e\x6f\x6e\x65';
Acronym: 
ecovehicle
Project ID: 
7 219
Start date: 
01-07-2013
Project Duration: 
36months
Project costs: 
790 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Design of Vehicles
Market Area: 
Motor Vehicles, Transportation Equipment and Parts

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