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The current Air Quality Plan for Berlin 2011-2017 has been published in English. It is based, inter alia, on the report ‘Update of the Air Quality Plan for Berlin 2009-2020', compiled by IVU Umwelt.
This report contains, e. g., a detailed assessment of the air quality in Berlin's major road network for the base year 2009 and trend forecasts for 2015 and 2020. Five sets of measures were analysed with regard to their potential to reduce violations of limit values.
IVU Umwelt is a friend of the "German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility" (GPSM). GPSM is serving as a guide for sustainable mobility and green logistics solutions and knowledge from Germany. As a platform for exchanging knowledge, expertise and experiences, GPSM supports the transformation towards sustainability in mobility and logistics in developing and emerging countries.
In two brochures, IVU Umwelt's portofolio is presented:
"Sustainable Mobility - Made in Germany" stands for sustainable, proven, resource efficient, innovative, trustworthy and flexible solutions for all domains of mobility and logistics services. The network GPSM, initiated by German Federal Government, is supported by German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
The German committee 'Fine Particles' has published the Strategy Paper 'Fine Particles' in English with the topics source-specific aspects of fine particles, effect-related metrics, as well as climate, weather and the transport of fine particles.
The joint committee 'Fine Particles' represents a body of experts for chemical, chemical-technological and health aspects of fine particles in the environment and is involved in the scientific evaluation of the formation, occurrence and impact of aerosols/particulate matter in the environment and the pertinent regulations. The working party is an initiative of ProcessNet, German Chemical Society and Commission on Air Pollution Prevention (KRdL) of VDI and DIN.
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IVU Umwelt compiled the report 'Inventory and effectiveness of measures to improve air quality', that has now been published by the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA).
The report contains a description and analysis of 242 air quality plans (AQPs) published in Germany up to 30.11.2012. These plans offer an extensive overview of the current situation in Germany regarding air quality, different methodologies of assessment and proposed measures to improve air quality.
A detailed schema for classifying the measures has been used to register and analyse all plans, which contain 2588 measures. To ensure comparability, the measures were further classified into a set of 130 standardised measures, representing all measures in German AQPs.
As plans and measures have been developed and implemented in Germany over a longer period of time, the available evaluation studies carried out after the implementation of the respective measures have been surveyed.
Additionally, the theoretical reduction potentials for two types of measures concerning road traffic were analysed and, for low emission zones (LEZs), compared with published evaluations. The feasibility and complexity of assessing the isolated effect of a measure is discussed using LEZs as an example.
Finally, an approach of the EU-Project APPRAISAL for consolidating and assessing AQPs has been applied to eleven German AQPs.
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