HGV operations currently account for around 6% of all UK CO2 emissions. The SRF brings together three of the UK’s leading academic groups: the Cambridge University Engineering Department, the Logistics Research Centre of Heriot Watt University and the Freight and Logistics research group at the University of Westminster, along with industry and government partners; to make road freight environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.
SRF performs fundamental and applied research into low carbon road freight, including both vehicle engineering and logistical factors.
The Centre receives funding from various UK Government and European sources, particularly EPSRC, ETI and InnovateUK, as well as from industry members.
THE OVERALL AIMS OF THE CENTRE ARE TO:
Perform a comprehensive programme of research on the opportunities for improving the environmental sustainability of road freight transport.
Develop innovative technical and operational solutions to road freight transport challenges.
Assess solutions to meet Government emissions reduction targets for the road freight sector.
Bring together organisations from across the road freight industry in a cooperative group: to develop innovative solutions to reduce fuel consumption and test them in practice.