Multi-criteria optimization for air quality management|
and emission control, energy efficiency
PROJECT SUMMARY DESCRIPTION
The project aims at the development and testing of multi-objective,
multi-criteria optimization technology for cost-efficient air quality management
and emission control, including CO2 and GHG emissions, and thus ebergy efficiency.
With the publication of the fourth IPCC report on climate change,
the topic of efficient environmental policy design for emission control
is not only of considerable scientific and technical interest,
but obviously also of great political relevance.
The objective of OPTAIR is to provide tools for the rational design
of effective and cost efficient environmental policies for air quality
management and emission control.
The project results are implemented as a web accessible eConsulting service or,
alternatively, as an optional licensed software component:
this constitutes a major extension and completely new set of functions
of the AirWare system that greatly enhances its utility and thus market value
beyond compliance monitoring and environmental reporting)
within the framework of the ongoing EUREKA project E!3266 WEBAIR.
Efficient multi-criteria optimization of control measures that simultaneously
considers environmental, technological, and economic criteria adds a completely
new dimension and quality of service that is directly addressing growing concerns
about the environment and in particular, climate change and the related emission control
strategies and policies, going beyond classical air pollutants including
CO2 and GHG as covered by the Kyoto protocol.
Adding economic assessment and cost-effectiveness as part of
the multi-criteria optimization clearly makes the system directly
policy relevant, and by demonstrating to be saving money
will help to justify its costs to any potential end user.
To demonstrate efficiency and general applicability of the methodology, a test case for the operational management of
the Murrumbidgee river basin, NSW, Australia addresses the computational challenge of
complex optimization in real-time.
The OPTAIR project within EUREKA E!3266 WEBAIR is supported by
the Austrian Research Foundation FFG, Project No. 814799 and the Province of Lower Austria.
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