ERMES Group European Research for Mobile Emission Sources

Created by
Maria Cristina GALASSI Scientific Project Officer
European Commission - DG JRC, Directorate C - Energy, Transport and Climate
Policies and Targets
Technology and Standards
Transport and Mobility

The European Research for Mobile Emission Sources (ERMES) is a group of research institutions, competent authorities, industry associations, whose mission is to bring together the knowledge produced in Europe, to facilitate the exchange of information and to promote the cooperation in the field of transport emission modelling.

The ERMES group emerged from the collaboration since early 2000 of two groups engaged in developing the models HBEFA (DACHNL group headed by INFRAS and TUG) and COPERT (EEA/JRC/LAT/Emisia). Both groups have been active in emission measurements and modelling since the 90s. The group, chaired by JRC since 2009, strives to bring together the knowledge produced in Europe, to facilitate the exchange of information and to promote the cooperation among the actors involved in the measurement and modelling of emission from road vehicles.

ERMES work has impact on European legislation such as the fuel quality directive 98/70/EC and 2009/30/EC, the regulations on CO2 emission performance standards (EC) 443/2009 and 510/2011, the air quality directive 2008/50/EC and the national emission ceilings directive 2001/81/EC, the type approval and vehicle emission legislation (2007/46/EC, 715/2007, 692/2008, 595/2009, 582/2011) as well as international agreements such as the CLRTAP convention, the Gothenburg and Kyoto protocols.

The ERMES partners share their experience, solve methodological issues and consolidate the knowledge in the field of transport emissions to produce the most up-to-date emission estimation tools for policy making and policy implementation purposes. Measurement programmes are expensive yet indispensable for understanding the impact of technologies on emissions from mobile sources and they provide the means for validating and updating emission inventory models. The burden of measurements is shared by the funding authorities within ERMES.

By financing an ERMES activity, a funding authority finances the European research at large and benefits from the achievements within this network. Hence ERMES provides a mean for optimizing the financial resources in Europe while achieving the best results with the available funds.

The ERMES group meets regularly to share research results and discuss on priorities for each year's work-programme.

The participation to the ERMES group is voluntary and any ERMES partner acts in line with its Term of Reference.
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