EIFER – Institut européen de recherche sur l’énergie
Emmy-Noether Straße 11
Urban air pollution is a major problem for city governments, both because it is an unavoidable (and sometimes carcinogenic) health hazard to the entire community and because failure to comply with the standards set by European regulations can lead to expensive penalties. To round out its study of energy issues in cities, EIFER is using a systemic approach focused on decentralised energy production (electricity and heat produced in a local area to fulfil its needs) and road traffic – two main sources of air pollution for residents of large metropolitan areas. This structural approach should enable us to determine the impact of urban planning on air quality and health at a city scale.