Next Article in Journal
Analysis of Severe Elevated Thunderstorms over Frontal Surfaces Using DCIN and DCAPE
Next Article in Special Issue
Expanding the Theory of Planned Behaviour to Reveal Urban Residents’ Pro-Environment Travel Behaviour
Previous Article in Journal
Observed Multi-Timescale Differences between Summertime Near-Surface Equivalent Temperature and Temperature for China and Their Linkage with Global Sea Surface Temperatures
Previous Article in Special Issue
Particulate Emissions of Euro 4 Motorcycles and Sampling Considerations
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle

Environmental Strategies for Selecting Eco-Routing in a Small City

Betancourt Research Group, Universidad de Extremadura, 10003 Caceres, Spain
Transport Research Centre, TRANSyT, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Atmosphere 2019, 10(8), 448;
Received: 27 June 2019 / Revised: 29 July 2019 / Accepted: 2 August 2019 / Published: 4 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Transport Emissions and the Atmosphere)
PDF [2490 KB, uploaded 4 August 2019]
  |     |  


This research aims to find the most ecological itineraries for urban mobility in a small city (eco-routes), where distances are rather short, but car dependence is really high. A real life citywide survey was carried out in the city of Caceres (Spain) with almost 100,000 inhabitants. Research was done on alternating routes, traffic, times of day, and weather conditions. The output of the study was to assess fuel consumption, CO2, and regulated pollutant emissions for different type of vehicles, routes, and drivers. The results show that in the case studied, urban roads had fewer emissions (CO2 and pollutants) but there was an increase in the population affected by pollutants. On the contrary, bypasses reduced travel time and congestion but increased fuel consumption and emissions. Traffic conditions had a greater influence on fuel consumption in petrol vehicles than diesel ones. Therefore, there must be a balanced distribution of traffic in order to minimize congestion, and at the same time to reduce emissions and the number of people affected by harmful pollution levels. There should be a combination of regulatory measures in traffic policies in order to achieve that balance by controlling access to city centres, limiting parking spaces, pedestrianization, and lowering traffic speeds in sensitive areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: eco-routing; fuel consumption; emissions; climate change; road type; driving behaviour eco-routing; fuel consumption; emissions; climate change; road type; driving behaviour

Graphical abstract

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Coloma, J.F.; García, M.; Wang, Y.; Monzón, A. Environmental Strategies for Selecting Eco-Routing in a Small City. Atmosphere 2019, 10, 448.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Atmosphere EISSN 2073-4433 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top