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  The project TYROSAFE (Tyre and Road surface Optimisation for Skid resistance And Further Effects) is a Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Seventh Framework Programme. The project is addressing the lack of awareness of the importance and contribution of skid resistance to safety, the lack of harmonised systems for comparing skid resistance (even within member states), and the concern over conflicts with other important characteristics of road surfaces. The project, which began in July 2008 and runs to July 2010, is being carried out by a consortium comprising AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology) (formerly known as Arsenal Research), BASt from Germany, LCPC from France, RWS from the Netherlands, TRL from the United Kingdom, ZAG from Slovenia and FEHRL, the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories based in Belgium.

Work Package 4 is concerned with the environmental effects associated with harmonisation and optimisation of skid resistance, rolling resistance and noise. It has two themes: the influence that provision of harmonised skid resistance has on the environment and the potential impact that climate change might have on surface characteristics optimisation in the future. This report is Deliverable D12 and its primary purpose is to identify potential areas of research deriving from environmental impact considerations. A further report (Deliverable D16) will deal specifically with the second theme, potential impacts of Climate Change.

Behind this report are a literature review (covering both themes) and an Expert Workshop held in Cologne in December 2009. The report summarises the findings of the literature review in relation to the first theme (environmental impacts of optimisation) and uses this, incorporating ideas from the expert workshop, to identify gaps in current knowledge and suggest potential research areas to address these gaps. Although the Climate Change section of the review is not covered in detail in this report (it will be included in D16), account has been taken of relevant Climate Change issues in arriving at suggestions for research.

The key findings emerging from the review and workshop are summarised below.

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