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The European Research for Mobile Emission Sources (ERMES) is a group of research institutions, competent authorities, industry associations, whose mission includes the support of cooperative research in the field of transport emission modelling.
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 participation to the ERMES group is voluntary and any ERMES partner acts in line with its Term of Reference.
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