7th International Workshop on Sustainable Road Freight

7th International Workshop on Sustainable Road Freight

Decarbonising Freight Transport: Strategies for Developing Countries


The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight would like to invite interested parties to the 7th International Workshop on Sustainable Road Freight Transport. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from road freight transport represents a significant global 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 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.

Due to current circumstances the conference will be web-based, presented over a period of three days from 08:00 to 13:00 each day GMT (That will be 10:00 to 15:00 in South Africa, 13:30 to 18:30 in India and 16:00 to 21:00 in China). 


This year the workshop will focus on transition pathways to low carbon freight transport systems in developing countries.

  • Bermard Aritua, The World Bank
  • David Cebon, Cambridge University – United Kingdom
  • Alan McKinnon, Kühne Logistics University – Germany
  • G Raghuram, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
  • Boyong Wang, Smart Freight Centre China
  • Louise Naude, WWF South Africa
  • Other speakers TBC

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

  • Climate justice
  • Infrastructure for low carbon freight transport systems
  • Mode choice and multimodal freight networks
  • Local, national and international policy initiatives to facilitate the transition to low carbon road freight transport systems
  • Compliance and driver welfare
  • Affordability of low carbon emission strategies, financing models and green freight investment decision making
  • Low carbon supply chain system redesign
  • Low carbon fuel options for local, regional and long-haul freight transport
  • Technology improvements for low carbon freight transport technologies

Participants are invited to submit abstracts presenting research investigating the sustainability of the freight transport sector. Abstracts focusing on the workshop themes described above are particularly welcome. Abstracts should describe recently completed research, or research in progress. Abstracts of max 1000 words should be submitted by 17th July 2020. Notifications of acceptance for presentations will be sent out by 7th August 2020. Please submit your abstract by sending it to SRF@hw.ac.uk.

Authors of best presentations will be invited to submit full papers to a special issue of a peer reviewed journal.  When submitting your abstract, please indicate whether your would like to be considered for the special issue.

  • Per-Olof Arnäs:  Chalmers University – Sweden
  • Maja Piecyk:  University of Westminster – United Kingdom
  • David Cebon:  Cambridge University – United Kingdom
  • Shankar Ram:  Indian Institute of Technology Madras – India
  • Bonne Goedhart: Smart Freight Centre – Netherlands
  • Debjit Roy: Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad India
  • Phil Greening:  Heriot-Watt University  – United Kingdom
  • Yongyi Shou: Zhejiang University – China
  • Jan Havenga: Stellenbosch University
  • Ed Sweeney:  Aston University – United Kingdom
  • Alan McKinnon:  Kühne Logistics University – Germany
  • Lóri Tavasszy:  TU Delft  – Netherlands

There will be no delegate fee.

If you have any questions, special requirements or would like further information, please email SRF@hw.ac.uk.