Impact Assessment

Innovative monitoring of CO2 for transport (IMC4T)

Sustainable development of urban areas is a massive and complex task. To quantify future greenhouse gas emissions for urban areas while land-use and traffic patterns change, modern modeling techniques for transportation are needed to set the necessary base. Using mobile phone signals for monitoring of transport increases the accuracy of the monitoring while reducing costs at the same time.

About 19% of global energy use, and 23% of energy & related carbon dioxide emissions, are associated with transportation. Furthermore, it is projected that transport & related GHG emissions will rise by nearly 50% by 2030 and more than 80% by 2050. The socio-economic impacts of transport projects in addition to emission reductions are also significant given their inherent co-benefits, such as reduced congestion, improved air quality, enhanced efficiency and competitiveness at city level, for example.

This project aims to explore and confirm the feasibility of new approaches to GHG measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) in the transport sector, using mobile phone signals to gather quantitative information on traffic flows. The project builds upon a previous study conducted under the Climate-KIC GHG monitoring platform (the MRV Sector project), which identified the use of mobile phone signals for quantification of GHG emissions in the transport sector as one out of two very promising business cases. Preliminary findings indicate that the envisaged MRV approach can dramatically improve the accuracy and cost‐effectiveness of existing MRV approaches, which rely on expensive and punctual traffic and passenger surveys. Potential applications for the new MRV approach range from GHG inventories at city level to market-based instruments that require a credible, precise and cost-efficient method to quantify GHG emissions from transport projects (like a new bus rapid transit system or the introduction of a new subway line).


South Pole Group pitched this idea at the Copenhagen climate solutions conferences and are now in discussions with the municipality of Copenhagen for a possible pilot in 2016.

What added value in working with the Climate KIC / LoCal

Collaboration on this project is a great opportunity for private companies to develop their innovative business in to new fields, financed through Climate-KIC. This ultimately reduces the risk that businesses face when developing new products or solutions. Projects in the field of sustainability and climate protection have a great communication potential and promote the partners name or brand.

Contact Information

Denis Jorisch, Consultant
South Pole Group
Technoparkstrasse 1
8005 Zürich

Tel. +41 43 501 35 50


Denis Jorisch is a Consultant at South Pole Group since early 2015 and has a background in atmospheric and climate science. He is currently focusing on new monitoring approaches in the transport sector on city level as well as energy efficiency projects in the building sector

Denis Jorisch




Global emissions from transport amount to 6.4 Gt CO2eq per year


Increase of 80% in global transportation until 2050 expected


reduction of 100’000$/year on monitoring-costs