The wise way to cut down CO2 emissions through ICT measures

The handbook gives an exhaustive overview of the ICT-Emissions methodology to gauge the real impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of current and future vehicle fleets.

The project has used popular traffic and emission models and software tools to simulate second-by-second driving patterns, vehicle speeds and positions, vehicle and network interactions, and finally emissions. This has been performed for different vehicle types and traffic conditions and creates a unique dataset to be used for ICT measures impact evaluation.

The following measures have been tested and validated by real-world experiments in the cities of Turin, Madrid and Rome where floating cars collected data in the streets to feed our models:

  • Urban Traffic Control [UTC]
  • Green Navigation
  • Variable Speed Limits [VSL]
  • Adaptive Cruise Control [ACC]
  • Eco-driving
  • Start & Stop

Overall the ICT systems examined exhibited a variable ability to reduce CO2 emissions, ranging from few to several points, depending on local conditions like traffic, infrastructure and fleet compositionAdvanced vehicle types like hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles may offer additional benefits when combined with advanced ICT measures.

The ICT-Emissions handbook can be found on the project website or downloaded here.

ICT-Emissions “Development of a methodology and tool to evaluate the impact of ICT measures on road transport emissions” has received funding from the European Commission, 7th Framework Programme-ICT. The project started in October 2011 and came to an end in March 2015.

For more information on the project and its final outcome, please visit