Smart mobility saves many millions of tons of CO2, study says

October 12, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Smart mobility saves many millions of tons of CO2, study says
Shorter delivery routes, smart traffic light switching, fewer traffic jams - intelligent mobility saves millions of tonnes of CO2 and helps protect the climate. The greatest savings potential is offered by the use of intelligent traffic control. This is the result of a study published by the German digital industry association Bitkom on the occasion of the opening of the ITS Congress in Hamburg.

In 2030, up to 25 million tonnes of CO2 can be saved in Germany alone if the use of digital technologies is accelerated. This is shown by the Bitkom study "Climate Effects of Digitalisation", which examined the savings potential of digital technologies in the area of mobility, among others. "Digital measures can make an immense contribution to the transport turnaround and climate protection," says Bitkom President Achim Berg. "In the area of mobility, we can greatly reduce our carbon footprint by investing not only in asphalt and concrete, but also in bits and bytes. This is the only way we can achieve the 2030 climate targets."

In mobility alone, Germany can achieve 7% of the total planned CO2 savings by 2030 with accelerated digitalisation. According to the Bitkom study, intelligent traffic control has the greatest leverage and can save up to 13 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in Germany. In other industrialised countries, the savings potential is likely to be similarly high.

Intelligent traffic control includes technologies such as GPS systems and IoT sensors that record traffic and environmental data and combine them on a platform in real time. This enables efficient routing that is adapted to the current traffic situation. This not only makes individual journeys faster and safer, but also reduces congestion and stop-and-go traffic. This ensures less traffic congestion at busy locations and at the same time increases the service life of the vehicles used. Furthermore, digital real-time information, digital tickets or free WLAN can significantly increase the attractiveness of public transport.

In logistics, up to 8 million tonnes of CO2 can be saved - especially through intelligent technologies that plan, control and distribute flows of goods more efficiently. These include IoT sensors, big data, digitalised warehouses or comprehensive traffic management platforms. This allows logistics companies to automatically assign drivers based on factors such as proximity to location, driving

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