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- Introducing to the XXIV th World road Congress - Jean-François Corté,
- General report of the 24th World Road Congress - Mexico City 2011
- Introducing PIARC Prizes 2011 - Claire Murdoch
- Linear Settlements and Safety Issues along Highways in India: A Case for integrated Approach for Highway Development - Prof. Anil K. SHARMA, Mr. Aditya P. BAHADUR, Ms. Yashi TANDON
- Life cycle assessment trough a comprehensive sustainability framework: a casez study of urban transportation vehicles - Lambros K. MITROPOULOS, Panos D. PREVEDOUROS, Eftihia NATHANAIL
- The Forever Open Road - Definig the next generation road - Martin Lamb, Robert Collis, Stefan DEIX, Beata KRIEGER, Nicolas HAUTIERE
- The Coimpliant Motorway - Lucy WICKHAM, Paul MARSH
- Use of solar heat-blocking pavement technology for mitigation of urban heat - Masahiko IWAMA, Tamotsu YOSHINAKA, Shinobu OMOTO, Nobuyuki NEMOTO
- Main Roads Western Australia - Integrated Services Arrangements : an innovative approach to manage Western Australia's State Road Network - Cempaka Maria Sarubin
- Bio-Engineering experience in the road sector of Nepal - Indu Sharma Dhakal
Life cycle assessment throught a comprenhensive sustainability framework: a case study of urban transportation vehicles- Sustainable Development Prize
Road transportation contributes in the consumption of significant quantities of energy and materials and in the deterioration of air quality. Two promising factors that have the potential to alter the increasing trend of energy consumption and emissions are the fuel economy and the transformation of propulsion used in road transportation. The large impacts of the transportation sector on the environment and economy, and the social effects of transportation on communities necessitate the incorporation of sustainability into the transportation planning process. In this way, more comprehensive outcomes and predictions become available to decision makers.
The development and introduction of vehicles with alternative propulsion require a detailed breakdown of vehicle components for the proper understanding of their performance and of their impacts over their entire life cycle. Disaggregation per vehicle type in a transportation network and life cycle sustainability assessment may lead to more accurate planning and policy making. Vehicle types and propulsion options examined herein include internal combustion engine vehicle, hybrid electric vehicle, fuel cell vehicle, electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid vehicle, gasoline pickup truck, diesel bus and bus rapid transit.
This paper proposes a sustainability framework, with seven dimensions, that acts as a filter, which decomposes the elements of a transportation mode to reveal its sustainability categories. The proposed framework for urban transportation modes is implemented in an in-depth life cycle sustainability assessment of eight different vehicle types. A complete methodology for developing the sustainability categories and quantifying the life cycle sustainability indicators which are required to assess any urban transportation vehicle follows.