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AMITRAN – Assessment Methodologies for ICT in Multimodal Transport from User Behaviour to CO2 Reduction

The AMITRAN project will develop a framework for the evaluation of the effects of ICT measures in traffic and transport on energy efficiency and CO2 emissions. By doing so, it will contribute to the development of ICT solutions that allow more efficient multimodal goods transport and passenger mobility. It is AMITRAN’s ambition to build the foundations for a standardised assessment of future European ICT developments.


Earlier studies indicate possible CO2 reductions up to 25% based on certain ICT measures. AMITRAN provides the methodology and tools to assess such reductions at European level in a systematic and realistic way. This will support developers, public authorities and investors in ICT solutions to make sound decisions based on reliable impact estimates, covering the complete transport chain.

Top EU transport R&D institutes have bundled forces to cooperate in AMITRAN. There will be cooperation with recent and ongoing EU projects where ICT applications and tools are developed which potentially contribute to CO2 reduction (e.g. eCoMove and COFRET). As active participants in those projects, the AMITRAN project partners will ensure direct liaison with these projects.

DLR is responsible for the identification of user needs for a general assessment framework as well as for the categorisation of ITS in order to facilitate their assessment. Furthermore, the development of the assessment framework itself and the interfaces for assessment tools (traffic simulation models) will be supported.


AMITRAN’s objectives are:

  • to develop a CO2 assessment methodology for ICT measures including multimodal passenger and freight transport, taking into account the whole chain of effects from user behaviour to CO2 production,
  • to develop open interfaces for models and simulation tools implementing this methodology starting from the road sector and integrating high level modelling from the other modes,
  • to develop a generic scaling up methodology and a publicly available database providing statistics to translate local effects to EU level,
  • to validate the proposed methodology and its implementation with reference implementations using available data from other projects and/or studies,
  • to produce both an online checklist and a handbook for future projects in order to support the methodology's further practical application.


 AMITRAN Project Approach
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Contracting entity

  • EU (7th Framework Programme, ICT)


  • DLR - Institute of Transport Research (D)
  • DLR - Institute of Transportation Systems (D)
  • Ecorys Nederland B.V. (NL)
  • Ertico - European Road Transport Telematics Implementation Coordination Organisation S.C.R.L. (B)
  • Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation (ES)
  • PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG (D)
  • Teamnet International SA (RO)
  • TNO - Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NL)

Project duration

November 2011 - April 2014

Dr.-Ing. Axel Wolfermann
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Institute of Transport Research
, Commercial Transport
Tel: +49 30 67055-286

Fax: +49 30 67055-283

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