"Green" Tram Tracks for the Sustainability of the Urban Environment
Major, Zoltán
Szigeti, Cecília
Czédli, Herta Mária

How to Cite

Major Z., Szigeti C., Czédli H.M., 2023, "Green" Tram Tracks for the Sustainability of the Urban Environment, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 107, 289-294.


Greening tram tracks has ecological, urban planning and economic impacts. Greening of the tracks supports the development of sustainable stormwater management as well as improving the visual appearance of the city. The restoration of the natural water cycle is achieved through water-sensitive design: the innovative solution used achieves both the retention of water, the reduction of run-off and the increase of the surface area available for evaporation. The literature data (Grüngleis Netzwerk, 2011) show that 50-70 % of the annual precipitation projected onto the green runway is absorbed and re-evaporated. The urban climate impact of the vegetation systems to be developed is most pronounced in the summer months. The microclimate of green track environments has a positive impact on the health of the population. Our work will investigate the effects of green vegetated areas. In this study, we analysed the ecological impact and the capacity to sequester of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by photosynthesis of grass- and crowfoot-lined tracks. The Sedum green roofs quantified carbon storage is approximately 160 gC/m2 during a two-year period (Collazo-Ortega et al., 2017). The concept of a vegetated track leads to an improvement of green space indicators in a complex system of urban environments through the correct choice of vegetation plants. Prioritising and encouraging the construction of green tracks is one of the possibilities to make the urban environment more livable. It is also necessary to encourage this at the regulatory level in cities.