Around 80 representatives of European road administrations and researchers gathered to hear the results of the three projects funded by the CEDR (Conference of European Directors of Roads) transnational research programme under the 2015 climate change call. Climate change presents a significant challenge for National Road Administrators (NRAs) both in dealing with its impacts on their network and finding ways to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The three projects funded under the 2015 call (DeTECToR, WATCH and MoDBeaR) produced tools and guidance to help support NRAs in addressing these challenges.

Sarah Reeves, the TRL project coordinator, presented an overview of project findings in a plenary session (photo 1) and the project consortium[i] demonstrated the two software tools in more detail a conference workshop (photo 2). The online collaboration platform on including climate change mitigation and adaptation in procurement was felt by participants to be a good way to share good practice and learn from each other’s experiences. The risk assessment and cost-benefit tool which enables NRA’s to assess the risk of different climate change impacts to their network and compare the cost-benefits of different adaptation strategies attracted a lot of interest with NRAs keen to try it out for themselves.

 

TRL are also leading the production of the end of programme report, which is drawing together the findings of all three projects and describing how they could be implemented.

More information on the DeTECToR project can be found on the project website

 

[i] The DeTECToR consortium consists of TRL (UK), Alfen Consult (Germany), Heller Ingenieurgesellschaft (Germany), Climate and Environment Consulting Potsdam (Germany), The Road and Bridge Research Institute (IBDiM) (Poland) and AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT) (Austria).

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