January 2021 – December 2024
The second update of Berlin’s Clean Air Plan was adopted in July 2019 and includes not only numerous measures to improve vehicle technology but also above all, measures to reduce and prevent traffic. Furthermore, it aims to make traffic steadier and direct it in order to relieve highly polluted streets and promote the use of environmentally friendly transportation.. The focus of clean air efforts is nitrogen dioxide, as it is particularly harmful to health.
Route-related speed restrictions and driving bans for diesel vehicles apply on those roads where exceedances of the air pollution limits issued for the protection of human health were exceeded in the past and cannot be ruled out in the future. This already led to an improvement in the air pollution situation.
With the help of this extended environmentally sensitive traffic management (eUVM), the air pollution load in highly polluted roads and urban sub-areas is be to reduced and a further emission reduction effect achieved. The prerequisite for these measures is the provision of up-to-date, high-quality traffic and air quality data for the traffic road network. The data collection is an important part of this project (sub-projects: traffic data analysis, parking data analysis and air pollution forecast).
Using a modern communication strategy, the awareness of road users for the topic of air pollution due to traffic is to be further improved. In addition, this should also influence the choice of means of transport and strengthen walking, cycling and public transport. Information on current air pollution levels in road traffic and traffic jam forecasts should motivate road users to use these means of transport.
The extended environmentally sensitive traffic management aims to reduce private car use permanently through a consistent promotion of environmentally friendly transportation. In addition to reducing air pollution on an annual average, particularly highly polluted days are to be defused. Berlin wants to test in real terms, which measures to implement without polluting other areas or extending travel times or distances too much. This project collects important information on how motorised private transport can be reduced for many other large cities, but also for smaller municipalities. The measures introduced will be evaluated in terms of their effect and acceptance. Furthermore, a comprehensive validation of the emission reduction effect is to take place.
The project “Establishment and operation of an extended environmentally sensitive traffic management system in Berlin (eUVM)” is funded with 5.45m € by the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) as part of the funding guideline “Digitalisation of municipal traffic systems” as part of the immediate programme Clean Air.