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August 2009 Edition

Dear [fname],

We are very pleased to announce in this newsletter a second gold sponsor for the IRF Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Calculator. We hope very much that the exemplary lead of companies like ICT and Ammann will inspire other industry leaders to join with IRF in promoting the GHG calculator, as part of a common endeavour to situate our sector at the cutting edge of practical, global efforts to avert climate change.

The IRF GHG Calculator is currently in its final phase of development. The Technical University of Lausanne is drafting its final validation report, which should be ready for publication by the end of August. Meanwhile, Kacem Iaych, IRF’s new Statistician, is making the required changes to fine-tune the calculator, and external computer software specialists have already begun work on a prototype.

The valued support of IRF members, be it as sponsors or as technical advisors, is now more than ever of prime importance in bringing this landmark initiative to final fruition after two years of painstaking research and development.

There are several phases of road construction that contribute to the production and release of GHG emissions, from preliminary site clearing right through to preparation of the sub-grade, production of construction materials (e.g. granular sub-base, base course, surfacing), site delivery, construction works and ongoing supervision and maintenance activities, etc.

The GHG Calculator comprehensively addresses the specific criteria for all these phases and is consequently already attracting a lot of encouraging interest from our members, as well as the road community at large. Indeed, the ability to authoritatively evaluate and reduce the environmental footprint of projects is increasingly not only part of our collective responsibility as global corporate citizens, but also in many countries fast becoming a regulatory obligation.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank wholeheartedly all those members who have backed IRF in the elaboration of its GHG Calculator – as well as express the hope that many more will be similarly inspired to be associated with this groundbreaking project by extending their support going forward.

Kind regards,

Sibylle Rupprecht

Director General

International Road Federation

Geneva, Switzerland

IRF Managed Programme

global Transport Knowledge Partnership


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News Flash

We are delighted to report ever growing industry wide interest for IRF's pioneering new Greenhouse Gas Calculator, which is currently in the final stages of pre-release development.

This month, we are privileged to announce that ICT (International Consultants and Technocrats Pvt. Ltd) of Delhi, India have extended valued support as Gold Sponsors.
This represents a tremendous boost to IRF's endeavours to associate leading companies throughout the world that are committed, in the words of ICT, to evolving "solutions which are eco-friendly and support sustainable development".  ICT has, indeed, established a reputation throughout Asia as a forerunner in offering technically sound and cost effective solutions aimed at "meeting the urgent sustainable infrastructure development needs of the developing world and thereby contributing to the overall economic growth and well-being of humankind."

For more information regarding how your company can become a Gold, Platinum or Silver sponsor of the GHG calculator, contact Sibylle Rupprecht at  srupprecht@irfnet.org or by phone on +41 (0)22 306 02 60.


IRF's Environment Specialist makes keynote contribution to the 28th Southern African Transport Conference

Sustainable transport was the theme of this year's South African Transport Conference (SATC) held in association with the Transportation Research Board of the U.S. National Academies. Around 600 delegates active in the transport sector came together at the CSIR International Convention Centre from 6-9 July for the 28th edition of SATC.


IRF participates at the Verbier Green Pioneering Summit (GPS)

The Verbier Green Pioneering Summit (GPS) was held on 2nd August 2009 in Verbier, a well-known mountain and ski resort in Switzerland.

Against this idyllic setting, leading experts gathered to discuss ways of re-establishing the vital equilibrium between economic, social and environmental values, with a special focus on communities.

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Call for Papers - Preserving Africa's Road Network

The Preserving Africa's Road conference, to be held in Cape Town from 11th to 13th October, seeks to bring together political and executive decision-makers as well as researchers and other professionals in the roads field, to examine the state of the African road network and what can be done in terms of sound delivery, management and operations.  The ability of the road industry to deliver the levels of safe and efficient conveyance of freight and people, needed to achieve the economic and social growthtargeted by the Millennium Development Goals for Africa - particularly with respect to the alleviation of poverty - will be explored.


IRF activities during the ITS World Congress, Stockholm, 21st - 25th September, 2009

The theme for this year's annual ITS World Congress is "Intelligent Transport Systems in daily life", demonstrating the presence and importance of ITS in everyday mobility. ITS is the link between travellers, vehicles and infrastructure and can bring significant benefits to society.

IRF Geneva will be present at the World Congress with two key events.


Press Releases & News

A Warm Welcome to New Staff Member

Kacem Iaych, has been hired as the new IRF statistician. Kacem holds a PhD in Statistics and a Masters in Mathematics. He has previously worked for the World Health Organization in its Department of Violence and Injury Prevention. Prior to joining IRF, he finalised a consultancy project with the International Labour Office, providing statistics for the organisation’s programme on the elimination of child labour. Kacem speaks French, Arabic and English. We would like to extend to him a very warm welcome.

We Wish You All the Best

Imed Ben Hamadi, our former Statistician, has decided that the time was right to move on to new challenges after four years with IRF. During his time with us, Imed notably worked on improving and developing the IRF World Road Statistics.

This important publication has gained in credibility and accuracy, and is today widely distributed. Imed also took on board the new Greenhouse Gas Calculator project, for which he created the entire construction module from scratch, immersing himself fully in the various phases of road construction and emissions calculations. We extend our thanks to Imed for his good work and our best wishes accompany him in his new career.


12-13 October 2009

Public / Private Partnership & Road Safety

Cairo, Egypt


23-24 October 2009

4th Regional IRF Conference on Road Safety

New Delhi, India


25-27 November 2009

IRF/gTKP/TARA 2009 Convention on Rural Roads

Arusha, Tanzania

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