The port industry is an important economic driver in port cities. At the same time, port activities and the associated shipping and hinterland traffic also generate emissions of climate gases and of air pollutants that disperse throughout the city area.
This is the focus of the new research project "Emission and Concentration Modelling in Maritime Transport Chains (MaritIEm)", which will start on 1 June 2020 with a term of three years. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with a total of almost one million euros within the framework of the Modernity Fund ("mFUND") funding scheme.
In this project, port-related traffic movements in Bremerhaven and Bremen will be analysed in order to determine the emissions caused by these movements. On this basis, pollutant dispersion in the urban area will then be modelled in order to quantify the contribution of port-related emissions to air pollution with spatial differentiation. The aim of the project is to use scenario calculations to derive measures that reduce the pollution caused by port-related activities in Bremerhaven and Bremen.
The project is carried out jointly by the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL), Bremen, and IVU Umwelt, Freiburg. The port company bremenports supports the project as an application partner.
About the mFUND of the BMVI:
As part of the mFUND research initiative, the BMVI has been funding research and development projects relating to data-based digital applications for Mobility 4.0 since 2016. In addition to financial support, mFUND supports networking between actors from politics, business and research with various event formats and provides access to the mCLOUD data portal. Further information can be found at www.mfund.de.
About IVU Environment:
IVU Umwelt GmbH has been active in the field of air quality management for over 30 years. In addition to consulting services in the field of air quality management, its core competencies include the development and use of models, the compilation of emission inventories and the development and implementation of software solutions. For example, for many years IVU Umwelt has been developing and selling models to determine vehicle-induced emissions and to model dispersion on various spatial scales and has carried out high-resolution chemical transport modelling for several federal states in Germany.