A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Road traffic emissions and emission reduction targets: case of Highway E18 in South-East Finland

Publication Details

Authors: Lähdeaho Oskari, Hilmola Olli-Pekka

Publisher: Inderscience

Publication year: 2021

Language: English

Related journal or series: International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling

Volume number: 12

Issue number: 3

Start page: 306

ISSN: 1758-9401

eISSN: 1758-941X

JUFO level of this publication: 1

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJBPSCM.2021.117912

Open Access: Not an Open Access publication


Transportation accounts for approximately a quarter of global carbon dioxide (CO2)
emissions, and it is the only sector where emissions have been
increasing over the past few decades. European Union (EU) has set carbon
reduction targets for the transportation sector to 2050. This research
examines the situation in Finland through the eastern section of a main
highway. Traffic volumes on the examined highway (E18) were gathered
from 2010 to 2019. Thereafter, an emissions inventory was synthesised
with open data on traffic volumes, national vehicle fleet
characteristics and corresponding emissions factors. The total
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have risen slightly, while air pollutant
emissions have decreased. This is primarily due to vehicle fleet renewal
and decreased heavy road traffic. Also, a hypothetical scenario is
built, which indicates that reaching the EU's decarbonisation goals in
the study region via electrification requires the extent to cover all
passenger vehicles and vans.

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