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An estimation of traffic related CO2 emissions from motor vehicles in the capital city of, Iran

Aliakbar Kakouei1*, Ali Vatani1 and Ahmed Kamal Bin Idris2

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1 Chemical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Petroleum and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of Technology of Malaysia (UTM), Johor, Malaysia

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Iranian Journal of Environmental Health Science & Engineering 2012, 9:13  doi:10.1186/1735-2746-9-13

Published: 28 November 2012


Vehicle exhaust is a major source of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) in metropolitan cities. Popular community mode (buses and taxies) and about 2.4 million private cars are the main emission sources of air pollution in Tehran. A case survey has conducted to measure CO2 in four popular vehicles, bus, taxi, private car and motorcycle, which moved in the city with respectively 7800, 82358, 560000 and 2.4 million per day in 2012. Results indicated that the contribution of CO2 emissions increased in the following order: private car, motorcycle, bus and taxi. The overall average for the contribution of CO2 emissions in the private car, motorcycle, bus, and taxi were 26372, 1648, 1433 and 374 tons per day, respectively. Our results also showed that the urban transport operation consume an estimated 178 and 4224 million liter diesel and petrol per year, respectively, that have released about 10 million tons of CO2. The average contribution of CO2 emissions of private cars in Tehran was higher (88%) than other vehicles. It was concluded that high volume of traffic, transport consumption of fossil fuels and shortage of adequate public transport system are responsible for the high CO2 level in environment in Tehran. Thus, it is to be expected that CO2 as a greenhouse gas has risen in Tehran more than ever in the following years and this would be a matter of concern for the authorities to have a comprehensive plan to mitigate this phenomena.

CO2 emission; Vehicle; Traffic; Transportation