The CISMOB’ s technical document entitled “Exploring the impact of ICT on urban mobility in heterogenic regions” was officially introduced in Budapest by the researcher Pavlos Tafidis from University of Aveiro.
The main concerns of the paper are addressing the estimation of potential environmental and economic impacts of ICT interventions in different CISMOB areas, and to highlight their importance in reducing carbon footprint and increasing the sustainability of urban areas. One of the issues emerged is that use of simulation models contains various uncertainties while combined with the absence of relevant and organized data, making the whole procedure costly and lengthy. In response, the methodology of this paper provide more accurate results, by estimating the totality of the emissions, not only by considering the type of vehicles for each region, but also their specification in terms of technology and their annual travel activity (kilometres travelled).
The results of the paper can conclude that ICT intervention in transport networks can be beneficial to reduce costs and carbon dioxide emissions and also can be an indispensable tool for local authorities and policy-makers. However, in order to analyse the efficiency of the intervention, further research is required in exploring the potential effects of combining different measures in the same areas and in overcoming the barriers of assessing the implementation of a good practice in a new area. Future work will also include the identification of additional good practices and the collection of more detailed and harmonised data across the studied areas.
This technical paper will be available as soon as possible in the CISMOB website library.