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Integrated Approach for the Assessment of Strategies for the Decarbonization of Urban Traffic

Version 1 : Received: 4 December 2020 / Approved: 6 December 2020 / Online: 6 December 2020 (18:16:16 CET)

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Göhlich, D.; Nagel, K.; Syré, A.M.; Grahle, A.; Martins-Turner, K.; Ewert, R.; Miranda Jahn, R.; Jefferies, D. Integrated Approach for the Assessment of Strategies for the Decarbonization of Urban Traffic. Sustainability 2021, 13, 839. Göhlich, D.; Nagel, K.; Syré, A.M.; Grahle, A.; Martins-Turner, K.; Ewert, R.; Miranda Jahn, R.; Jefferies, D. Integrated Approach for the Assessment of Strategies for the Decarbonization of Urban Traffic. Sustainability 2021, 13, 839.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2021, 13, 839
DOI: 10.3390/su13020839

Abstract

This paper presents a new methodology to derive and analyze strategies for a fully decarbonized urban transport system which combines conceptual vehicle design, a large-scale agent-based transport simulation, operational cost analysis, and life cycle assessment for a complete urban region. The holistic approach evaluates technical feasibility, system cost, energy demand, transportation time and sustainability-related impacts of various decarbonization strategies. In contrast to previous work, the consequences of a transformation to fully decarbonized transport system scenarios are quantified across all traffic segments, considering procurement, operation and disposal. The methodology can be applied to arbitrary regions and transport systems. Here, the metropolitan region of Berlin is chosen as a demonstration case. First results are shown for a complete conversion of all traffic segments from conventional propulsion technology to battery electric vehicles. The transition of private individual traffic is analyzed regarding technical feasibility, energy demand and environmental impact. Commercial goods, municipal traffic and public transport are analyzed with respect to system cost and environmental impacts. We can show a feasible transition path for all cases with substantially lower greenhouse gas emissions. Based on current technologies and today’s cost structures our simulation shows a moderate increase in total systems cost of 13-18%.

Subject Areas

Decarbonization Methodology; Urban Traffic; Agent-Based Transport Simulation; Life Cycle Assessment; Sustainability; Total Cost of Ownership; Charging Concepts; Conceptual Vehicle Design; Battery Electric Vehicles; Vehicle Routing Problem

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