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Transport and Environment Laboratory

Overwiew and areas of research

Reducing the effects of air pollution on health and the climate as well as successfully transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources are two major challenges facing our society today. LTE conducts research to develop solutions to reduce the adverse impacts of transport and promote more sustainable mobility. It research is focused on analysing the main sources of environmental pollution due to transport and optimising solutions to reduce such pollution. This research encompasses three complementary areas:

  • Air pollutant emissions: characterisation of real-world emissions from on- and off-road vehicles, development of methodologies to measure emissions of unregulated pollutants, and modelling of vehicle and traffic emissions. (EPA team)
  • Energy management and storage: multi-criteria optimisation of the energy consumption of vehicles by tweaking the design of vehicle components, internal management laws, the durability of storage elements, and usage profiles. (VEH team)
  • Perception of pollution and acceptability of solutions: analysis of not only how individuals perceive air and noise pollution and its effects, but also of their attitudes toward technological solutions and environmentally friendly measures. (PAC team)


LTE is a multidisciplinary laboratory made up of two SPI teams (EPA and VEH) and one SHS team (PAC). Its research is part of IFSTTAR's strategic challenges relating to sustainable mobility, the reduction of pollution, and the mitigation of risks. LTE is part of IFSTTAR's Department of Planning, Mobility and the Environment (AME). As such, it contributes to cross-sectional research on the environmental effects of mobility, transport, and infrastructure. It is equipped with state-of-the-art scientific equipment that allows it to develop research that has a strong experimental focus and is based on physical data and human responses collected under controlled, yet realistic, conditions.

LTE's research lies at the junction where purely disciplinary approaches intersect with a transport-based perspective and integrates a more comprehensive and more environmental picture. It is conducted in close collaboration with national and international academic teams and socio-economic partners, thereby making it possible to strengthen the disciplinary aspect of the research conducted at LTE, contextualise academic research, and provide solutions that better meet stakeholders' expectations.