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19 July 2016

Bus stops in Thessaloniki are turned into innovative libraries

There are not only smart bus stops which provide real time information about the itineraries and oncoming buses, but there are also alternative smart bus stops which provide knowledge and entertainment. Five bus stops in Filiro, Thessaloniki are transformed into innovative sites for reading.

New device offers ‘smart’ vehicle emissions analysis

Based on the fact, revealed by the Volkswagen scandal, that real-world emission can differ from the ones produced in the laboratory, a team from the University of Heidelberg proposed the use of a "smart" device. This device can be fitted in any vehicle and can calculate emission directly from the vehicle.
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Diesel cars' emissions far higher on road than in lab, tests show

After the Volkswagen scandal UK made several investigations to various vehicle manufacturers, such as Ford, Renault and Vauxhall and the results showed that diesel vehicles are producing far more nitrogen oxide emissions in real-world driving conditions than in the laboratory.

Elon Musk unveils Tesla Model 3

This video is the presentation of the electric car Tesla Model 3. The range of this car is going to be 215 miles per charge and the price of the model is going to start from about $35,000. The Tesla Model 3 is set to begin deliveries at the end of 2017. More than 115,000 orders had been placed within 24 hours according to the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk.

18 July 2016

A methodology for calculating transport emissions in cities with limited traffic data: Case study of diesel particulates and black carbon emissions in Murmansk.

This paper presents a methodology for calculating transport emissions in cities with limited traffic data. It uses the European Computer Programme to Calculate Emissions from Road Transport (COPERT) 4 model, in order to calculate emissions. A case study was reviewed in the city of Murmansk, Russia.
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Road Transport: Commission adopts common rules to facilitate enforcement and enhance road safety

European Commission aims at providing common rules for the classification of infringements and safer roads. Thus, EU Commission has adopted common rules to facilitate enforcement and to promote road safety. The common classification will result in all Member States using the same infringements and providing incentives for complying with the EU rules.

Bill Gates 'Discovers' 14-Year-Old Formula on Climate Change

Bill Gates has 'discovered' a formula that can reduce the world's carbon dioxide emissions to zero. The truth is that this equation is not 'new' and as Bill Gates has already explained it is not easy to put in action this equation, since an "energy miracle" is required.

Estimating carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants

The content of this article is about the method that should be used for the calculation of carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants. There is a brief analysis of the formula used for the calculation. In addition there is information about each factor used in the formula and also some values that should be used for each factor.
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Commission tightens rules for carmakers

After the Volkswagen scandal was revealed in September 2015, the Commission has proposed in January 2016 to tighten the requirements for the EU type approval framework. It should also be ensured that automotive industries comply with them. This is the only way to gain the customer's trust.
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Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions can be decreased through the increase of the public transportation usage. The Federal Transit Administration presents the public transportation as an alternative to automobiles in order to reduce the emissions from the transport sector.  This web page contains activities and research related to climate change, and also information and tools for measuring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport.

11 July 2016

Low Emissions and Delay Optimization for an Isolated Signalized Intersection Based on Vehicular Trajectories

 Figure 1: Contrast of related indices before and after optimization
Traffic emissions contribute a large proportion of the total pollutants in the air of urban cities. The purpose of the study is to establish an effective traffic signal control system that minimizes emissions and traffic. The method, all the parameters, and the equations that are being used for the development of such a system, are discussed analytically in the main section of this study.

Volkswagen: The scandal explained

In September 2015 a violation was detected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in many Volkswagen diesel vehicles. More specifically, it was discovered that Volkswagen installed a software that detected when the vehicle was being under laboratory emissions testing, thus emitting less in order to pass the regulation tests.
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8 July 2016

Paris Agreement (COP21)

In December 2015 the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) took place in Paris, where the 195 participating countries agreed on reducing emission in order to limit global warming to well below 2°C. The agreement has opened for signature on 22 April 2016 but will only become binding until 55 countries that produce at least 55% of the greenhouse gases around the world have ratified the agreement.

First electric road inaugurated in Sweden

Electric vehicle technology is the next innovative step in automotive industry. Electricity in transportation is applicable in trams, metros and railways. Since now many famous brands have presented electric cars.
Electric vehicles are mechanically very simple and often achieve 90% energy conversion efficiency.

7 July 2016

Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change released the Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emissions in December 2015. The purpose of this regulation is to introduce standard quantification methods for a range of activities that are engaged in the GHG emissions.

Maintenance, adaptation and further development of a European ITS Framework Architecture for Intelligent Transport Services (ITS)

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Regulation launches a call for proposals which will contribute to the achievements of the European transport policy objectives and the realisation of a robust and resource efficient European transport system compliant with the European legislations and standards (i.e. the ITS

6 July 2016

Intelligent transport systems – C-ITS Initiative Public Consultation

This public consultation aims at collecting the opinions of stakeholders and interested parties, including EU citizens and private and public organisations, with regard to possible actions at EU level to support the accelerated and interoperable deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) in the EU.
Consultation period is open till 16/09/2016. Find the questionnaire here.

Diesel tax impact on sales

All Euro 6 cars should be thoroughly tested and approved against the new standard. This is expected to increase public trust, which was lost after the Volkswagen scandal. On the other hand, hybrid and electric vehicles gain ground and petrol vehicles are also expected to improve throughout the years.
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Overview of Greenhouse Gases

Greenhouses gases include Carbon dioxide, Methane and Nitrous oxide. More information is provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This information includes the effect these gases have to the climate change.
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Commission injects €6.7 billion in transport infrastructure to boost jobs and growth & contribute to digitilisation and decarbonisation of transport

The European Commission and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) try to bridge the investment gap in Europe through the creation of new jobs and the boost of growth. Towards to this direction a total of 195 transport projects which will notably contribute to the digitalisation and decarbonisation of transport, in line with the broader political agenda of Commission, will receive €6.7 billion of funding in the next period.
The proposed funding decision is expected to be adopted by the Commission by the end of July 2016 and the projects’ grant agreements are expected to be signed in the second half of 2016.
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Nijmegen wins Green Capital Award 2018

Ljubljana - Three times a charm for the city of Nijmegen (NL). The Dutch city won the award for Green Capital 2018 and may call itself the greenest city in Europe for the year 2018. Contestants in the final in the Slovenia capital Ljubljana were another Dutch city - Hertogenbosch - and the Swedish city Umea.

1 July 2016

SNFC enables Google Indoor Maps in 3.000 stations

Google indoor maps is an innovative tool invented by Google. Users have the ability to navigate themselves in public places like airports, museums, universities etc. Users can view different floors or a train station by clicking on a lever selector that is displayed near the structures.
SNFC, major French railway operator and one of the biggest railway companies in Europe, announced a partnership with Google so to provide 3.000 train stations in Indoor Maps service. This happening in the same period Euro 2016 going on and GYM team hopes that other European railway companies will follow this new innovation.

Arriva signed new agreement for providing wifi

Arriva is a UK public transport company owned by Deutsche Bahn. Arriva operates buses, trains and trams in 14 countries across Europe.
Arriva listened to passengers needs and signed a new contract for wifi with ICOMERA. ICOMERA already provides internet to Arriva buses. Digital transformation director of Arriva trains believes that is very important for a passenger to be connected in the internet when travelling. Experience shows that passengers use free internet for browsing, checking social media and working.