Transport projects can either lead to net increase in GHG and air pollutant emissions or they can result in emissions savings. However, traditional tools and methodologies for evaluating the emissions impacts of such projects may require a lot of time, data requirements and financial resources. Methodologies and tools that would enable the rapid but sound assessment of the emission impacts of transport projects using readily available data are much needed. Activities are:
TEEMP development. Clean Air Asia with partners developed excel-based, free-of-charge spreadsheet models collectively called as Transport Emissions Evaluation Models for Projects (TEEMP). The TEEMP tools were initially developed for evaluating the emissions impacts of ADB's transport project and have been modified and extended for GEF projects. The TEEMP tools are sketch models which enable the estimation of emissions in both “project” and “no-project” scenarios and can be used for evaluating short to long term impacts of projects. TEEMP primarily evaluates the impacts of transport projects on CO2 emissions and to some extent air pollutant emissions using data gathered during project feasibility and actual operations. The TEEMP tools have been developed in such a way that required input data are based on what data is available and easily accessible.
A general transport emissions estimation manual, as well as project-specific emissions estimation tools are now available for roads construction and rehabilitation; railways; bus rapid transit (BRT); metro rail transit (MRT); bikeways; bike sharing schemes. Tools are also available for estimating the impacts of other transport strategies such as eco-driving, pay-as-you-drive insurance, pricing and commuter strategies. TEEMP is currently being enhanced to improve accuracy and functionality, and make it easier to use for widespread application in Asia, Latin America, and elsewhere.
TEEMP application. TEEMP has been applied to ADB projects, ITDP projects, and six World Bank projects.
TEEMP guide. Clean Air Asia prepared a detailed guide which will enable the estimation of the carbon footprint of ADB's transport sector assistance by looking at the potential CO2 emissions from construction and operations of the completed projects. This guide will also be available online for other users.
TEEMP Help Desk. Clean Air Asia has established a help desk to support other organizations and consultants in the application of TEEMP to their projects.
TEEMP City. Clean Air Asia is currently developing a city-wide analysis tool (TEEMP City) that analyzes the impact of proposals for multiple project types as well as integrated Comprehensive Municipal Plans. TEEMP City will be piloted in the city of Surat in India.
Donor: ADB, Institute for Transportation Development Policies (ITDP), UNEP-GEF, World Bank, Veolia
Duration: January 2010 - present
Partners: ITDP, Cambridge Systematics
Clean Air Asia contacts:
Sudhir Gota, sudhir(at)cleanairasia.org
Alvin Mejia, alvin.mejia(at)cleanairasiaorg