Estimation of greenhouse gas emissions produced by road projects in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Alzard, Mohammed H. and Maraqa, Munjed A. and Chowdhury, Rezaul and Khan, Qasim and Albuquerque, Francisco D. B. and Mauga, Timur Ibrahim and Aljunadi, Khaled Nazmi (2019) Estimation of greenhouse gas emissions produced by road projects in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sustainability, 11 (8 - Article 2367). pp. 1-16.

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Assessing the current levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from road transportation projects allows for benchmarking and is essential for potential emissions reduction. The objective of this study was to estimate the GHG emissions associated with the construction and operation of three road cases—two primary roads and one secondary road network—in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The GHG emissions produced by the study cases were estimated using the RoadCO2 estimation tool. Results showed that the total emissions (in kg CO2e/m2/y) range from 76 for the secondary road case to 1100 for the primary road cases. The operation phase is responsible for 94–98% of these emissions; the construction phase is responsible for the rest. Road works contributed the most
to GHG emissions during the construction phase. The contribution of the remaining categories of the construction phase fluctuates within a certain case and among the considered cases. The equipment used in the construction phase for the three cases contributed 15–70% of the total phase emissions, while the remaining emissions were due to construction materials. In the operation phase, emissions were mainly generated by vehicle movement. Street lighting also contributed to emissions during the operation phase. On the other hand, the irrigation of planted trees along the road had a very low impact on GHG emissions, and carbon sequestration by these trees had a negligible effect in terms of acting as a carbon sink. The results obtained from this study were compared with other cases reported in the literature.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2019 00:25
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 05:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: greenhouse gases; road life cycle; RoadCO2; road construction; road operation
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090507 Transport Engineering
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9601 Air Quality > 960106 Urban and Industrial Air Quality
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3390/su11082367

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