On September 12th LEARN partners organized an International Expert Workshop in Berlin, under the umbrella of the 'Policy & Research' component of LEARN. The goal of the workshop was to discuss different approaches for closure of identified gaps in logistics emissions measurement methodologies with participants from industry, research, NGOs, municipalities and standardization organizations attended the workshop.
Following an overview on the status of the LEARN project, the workshop was kicked off with three keynote speeches which shed light on the topic of air quality from the perspective of municipalities, the perspective of research and the perspective of industry. More and more municipalities in Germany are brought to court for not being able to ensure air quality is kept within the set limitations. Dr. Ulrich Reuter, Director of Urban Climatology of Stuttgart, presented the difficult and complex challenge municipalities are confronted with. Prof. Robert Sausen of the German Aerospace Center, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, explained the complex interrelations of emissions and climate impact and explained, why further data sourcing is relevant to improve the understanding of the interrelations. Jim Chappell, ECO Stars UK, TRL Freight and Fleet Lead mapped out challenges of the operational efforts of transport providers to measure and reduce emissions and subsequently the impact on air quality.
These presentations were followed by two parallel workshops on the topic of measuring air pollutant emissions and on working towards a finer granularity of greenhouse gas emission measurement. The results of these workshops were discussed in a plenary session during the afternoon of the workshop.
Please find in the following a short summary of the content of the workshop. Findings will be integrated in the Deliverable D 3.2 of the LEARN project “Approach for closure of identified gaps for eco-labelling of transport chain emissions” which will be published on the LEARN website.