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ARTEMIS (Assessment and Reliability of Transport Emission Models and Inventory Systems) is a project financed by the Directorate General Energy and Transport of the European Commission (DGTREN Contract 1999-RD.I0429), and co-ordinated by TRL (Transport Research Laboratory), based in UK.

In ARTEMIS, the experience from different emission calculation models is combined to build a harmonised methodology for transport emission estimates, which serves to support EU air quality policies. Emission calculation models are often coupled with air quality models, environmental indicators and decision-making tools to build systems that are supposed to assess environmental effects arising from transportation policies and to ultimately identify the most reasonable policies in terms of environmental/societal consequences. However, uncertainty emerging from different sources, such as errors in input data, model selection, model use, framing assumptions, and subjectivity of experts and stakeholders, imposes a limit on our confidence in the response of the system.

In this framework, JRC has made quantitative analyses of uncertainty in emission estimates, which result from errors in traffic data and physical variables. In this report, we first summarise the approaches used for the uncertainty and/or sensitivity assessment of road transport emissions. Then, we explain the nature of the work performed by JRC. Finally, we apply the new model in predicting the road transport emissions (with uncertainty) in Italy and France, as country-based test cases, and the Frejus tunnel, as a road level test case). The results identified quantitatively the most influential variables whose control is important in the emission reduction policies.

Additional information

Authors: KIOUTSIOUKIS I, European Commission, Joint Research Council, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);TARANTOLA S, European Commission, Joint Research Council, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20697 EN (2003), 50pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
Record Number: 200316464 / Last updated on: 2003-07-28
Original language: en
Available languages: en