Reduced carbon and energy footprint in highway operations: the Highway Energy Assessment (HERA) methodology

Sobrino Vazquez, Natalia and Monzón de Cáceres, Andrés and Hernández del Olmo, Sara (2014). Reduced carbon and energy footprint in highway operations: the Highway Energy Assessment (HERA) methodology. "Networks and Spatial Economics" ; pp. 1-20. ISSN 1566-113X. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11067-014-9225-y.

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Title: Reduced carbon and energy footprint in highway operations: the Highway Energy Assessment (HERA) methodology
Author/s:
  • Sobrino Vazquez, Natalia
  • Monzón de Cáceres, Andrés
  • Hernández del Olmo, Sara
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Networks and Spatial Economics
Date: April 2014
ISSN: 1566-113X
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Carbon footprint assessment, highway operation, consumption model
Faculty: Centro de Investigación del Transporte (TRANSyT) (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Civil: Transporte y Territorio
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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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.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Government of SpainCEN-20081016UnspecifiedUnspecifiedUnspecified

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Item ID: 33394
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/33394/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:33394
DOI: 10.1007/s11067-014-9225-y
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11067-014-9225-y
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 12 Apr 2015 11:59
Last Modified: 06 May 2019 07:45
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