Environmental studies

Air quality  •  Emission registers  •  Reports  •   Studies  •  Assessments  •  Measures

 Clean air planning
In the last twenty years the air quality in Germany could be improved considerably by clean air planning and the national and international legislation. This does not mean, that clean air planning is neglectable nowadays, but shows its high potential for success. With the current EU legislation, which has been transposed into national law, the local authorities are confronted with new challenges. In the framework of a clear air plan we ascertain the air quality of a defined area by computer simulation of emissions, immissions and impacts of air pollutants. In case of exceeding limit and precautionary values or ascertaining impacts we carry out cause analyses and draw up reduction plans.

 Regional and national emission registers
Ascertaining of relevant emissions is an essential part of immission control and air quality management. Significant pollutants are the primary substances SO2, NO2, NOx, PM10, PB, CO, benzene and the climate influencing CO2, which are listed in the 'daughter' directives of the EU Air Quality Framework Directive. With our own simulation software we are able to carry out local studies as well as to draw up national emission registers. For the calculation of emissions factors we use the current handbook 'Emission factors for road transport' (HBEFA, version 2.1).

 Air pollution reports
Traffic-caused immissions still contribute significantly to air pollution in our cities. We draft air pollution reports to assess the effects of changes in land use (e.g. construction of airports or industrial areas) and the realisation of road construction projects, whereas we can consider the traffic-related sources (road, air, rail and shipping traffic) as well as other polluters (off-road, industrial and biogenous sources). We supervise the air pollution reports, drafted in the framework of environmental impact assessments, from mediation to planning approval procedures and from scoping procedures over processing of objections to dates for argument.

 Noise studies
Beside the air pollutant loads, caused by existent and planned roads, also the effects on the noise situation along roads are of substantial interest. We work out emission and immission analyses as well as sound immission and noise reduction plans under consideration of the current EU legislation. Also sonic studies, which are necessary in the framework of land use planning and approval procedures, are part of our fields of activity.

 Environmental impact assessments
Before the decision about the approval of projects with particular importance for the environment their impacts on different environmental fields have to be scrutinised. Through cooperation with external partners we can also provide studies regarding the Flora-Fauna-Habitat Directive. Within the framework of regional planning and planning approval procedures we take over the coordination as experts for environmental impact assessments as well as for the processing of objections and the supervision of public participation.

 Planning of measures
In connection with clean air planning the planning of measures is an important instrument for reducing environmental pollution. For the prevention of future exceedings of limit values the local authorities are required by EU legislation to take measures. We do not only draw up site specific catalogues of measures, but we also ascertain the specific local and regional air quality of a single measure or package of measures by model simulations.