6th International Workshop on Sustainable Road Freight Transport

5th & 6th December 2019

Transitions to Low Carbon Road Freight Transport Systems

Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from road freight transport represents a significant challenge with multiple technical, operational and political aspects. Designing, testing and implementation of effective interventions (managerial or technical), and appropriate policy measures need multi-disciplinary, multi-country research.

The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight would like to invite interested parties to the 6th International Workshop on Sustainable Road Freight Transport.

The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight would like to invite academics and practitioners from all related fields to take part in a debate of these issues – to shape the research agenda and to network with key research groups from around the world. Our ambition is to create an international network of practitioners and researchers working on all aspects of sustainable road freight transport, and to facilitate collaborative research amongst the specialists in the field.

Register here for the Workshop

Download the agenda here

Workshop Scope and Objectives

This year the workshop will focus on transition pathways to low carbon road freight transport systems. On day one, the focus will be on organisational, policy and economic changes necessary to facilitate the evolution towards near-zero carbon logistics and supply chain systems. Transitional technologies will be the main theme for day two of the workshop.

We invite presentations on ways to improve the sustainability of road freight transport, including, but not limited to:

  • Corporate change process and organisational strategies for green logistics
  • Low carbon supply chain system redesign
  • Local, national and international policy initiatives to facilitate the transition to low carbon road freight transport systems
  • Financing models and green freight investment decision making
  • Low carbon fuel options for local, regional and long-haul freight transport
  • Charging systems and infrastructure for electrified urban and long-haul road freight transport
  • Role of data and ITC in sustainable freight transport systems
  • Artificial Intelligence and machine learning in freight transport and logistics systems
  • Digital / shared business models to reduce the demand for road freight transport

Keynote Speakers 

Duncan Buchanan, Road Haulage Association;

John Comer, Volvo Group UK;

Suzanne Greene, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics / Smart Freight Centre;

Jennifer Howard-Grenville, University of Cambridge,

Justin Laney, John Lewis Partnership;

Shankar RamIndian Institute of Technology Madras;

Debjit Roy, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad;

Yongyi Shou, Zhejiang University

Submission of Abstracts

Participants are invited to submit abstracts presenting research investigating the sustainability of the road freight sector. Abstracts focusing on the workshop themes described above are particularly welcome. Papers and posters should focus on recently completed research, or research in progress.

Abstracts of max 1000 words should be submitted by 6th September 2019. Notifications of acceptance for presentations will be sent out by 13th September 2019. Please submit your abstract by sending it to SRF@hw.ac.uk.

International Scientific Committee

Per-Olof Arnäs Chalmers University – Sweden

David Cebon  Cambridge University – United Kingdom

Phil Greening  Heriot-Watt University – United Kingdom

Alan McKinnon  Kühne Logistics University – Germany

Maja Piecyk  University of Westminster – United Kingdom

Sophie Punte Smart Freight Centre – Netherlands

Ed Sweeney Aston University – United Kingdom

Lóri Tavasszy TU Delft  – Netherlands

Delegate Fee

The delegate fee of £150 will include:  meeting notes, refreshments and lunch on both days and conference dinner on the evening of 5th December.


If you have any questions, special requirements or would like further information, please email vl270@eng.cam.ac.uk .