Development of an Assessment Tool of the Effects of ITS on CO2 Emissions

  • Masao Kuwahara
  • Ryota Horiguchi
  • Seiji Hayashi
  • Shinji Tanaka


Some Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) technologies are expected to effectively reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from vehicular highway traffic, which contributes about 20 % of CO2 emissions in Japan. The paper proposes a classification of ITS solutions regarding their effects on the reduction. A newly developed method, consisting of a traffic simulation (TS), an emission model (EM) and a harmonization of those models, is introduced, and its efficiency and reliability are examined by a verification and validation procedure. The procedure is collaboratively developed with specialists from the EU and USA during a 5-year research activity between 2008 and 2013. Application trials of the method are also demonstrated and the effectiveness of the developed method proved to be applicable for evaluating the reduction of vehicular traffic CO2 emissions.


Carbon dioxide emission Traffic simulation model Emission model Model verification and validation 



The authors wish to thank the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Japan and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in Japan for their support for the study, and also appreciate the great efforts of the member of the ‘Energy ITS’ project. They also deeply appreciate the cooperation with ECOSTAND project in European Commission and several researchers in United States to finalize the International Joint Report of ‘Guidelines for Assessing the Effects of ITS on CO2 Emissions’.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masao Kuwahara
    • 1
  • Ryota Horiguchi
    • 2
  • Seiji Hayashi
    • 3
  • Shinji Tanaka
    • 4
  1. 1.Graduate School of Information SciencesTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan
  2. 2.i-Transport Lab. Co. Ltd.TokyoJapan
  3. 3.Japan Automotive Research InstituteTokyoJapan
  4. 4.Yokohama National UniversityYokohamaJapan

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