The BrennerLEC project is carried out in the context of a sensible area like the Alps with the objective of creating a holistic concept of “Lower Emission Corridor” (LEC) for the A22 highway. The project aims to implement and validate a set of different dynamic policies that have the goal to provide a clear environmental benefit in terms of air quality, climate protection and noise abatement, covering:
The pilot demonstration is going to be carried out on an extensive pilot test area of the A22 highway. The project aims to give a significant contribution to the development of the environmental policies, even through the operational modalities with which these measures are going to be introduced. The pilot road stretches and the expected benefits to be achieved are:
The objective of BrennerLEC is to obtain the best possible compromise in terms of environmental benefits, quality of service (including road safety) and user acceptance. Extensive monitoring activities are foreseen, covering different matrixes: environment (air quality and noise), transport (traffic data) and social impact of the measures. Wide information activities are going to target the local population, the world of associations, the economic categories and the public bodies. The divulgation of the results is also intended to address key stakeholders such as the Ministry for Environment, the Ministry for Transportation, the EUREGIO network, ASFINAG and the environmental agencies of Veneto, Lombardia and Emilia-Romagna regions. Another objective of the project is the production of concrete recommendations for exploiting this approach not only to the Alpine corridor of the A22 highway (Affi – Brenner), but also to the whole alpine corridor transiting through the Brenner Pass (Affi - Kufstein), in cooperation with ASFINAG.
The most innovative aspect of the project is the development of a forecasting model of meteorological, environmental and traffic conditions which is going to be at the basis of a proactive decision support system (DSS) aiming at optimally managing traffic flows and reducing environmental impacts in a very sensible area like the Alpine valleys.