CHANGER - IRF Greenhouse gas Calculator
In today's demanding world, no industry can afford to ignore its impact on the environment and on climate change. As we move into the future, better roads must be built by practitioners who are fully aware of the impact of their activities and of the possibilities for reducing it. The road infrastructure sector is taking on its responsibility. Willing to help in this global endeavor, the International Road Federation has designed a greenhouse gas calculator - CHANGER - specifically tailored to road infrastructure projects.
Fully compatible with the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines and easy to be used, the tool allows public and private entities to monitor and assess greenhouse gas emissions generated during the different stages of the road construction process, thus allowing more responsible choices.
By virtue of its extensive and varied membership – both in terms of geographical coverage and fields of specialisation – IRF has benefited from technical support from a wide range of technical partners throughout the development of the project. This has been particularly invaluable for ongoing review and validation of the modelling approach and databases, as well as for testing and comparison.
The LAVOC (Traffic Facilities Laboratory) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL) has analysed and validated both the quality and reliability of the databases and the calculation procedures.
Investing in this environmentally-friendly tool now is not only wise business sense, but a matter of responsibility towards society.