8th International Workshop on Sustainable Road Freight

8th International Workshop on Sustainable Road Freight

Technologies for transport decarbonisation: options, impacts and uncertainties

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Call for Papers

The 8th International Workshop on Sustainable Road Freight will be held online on 9th-11th November 2021. This year, the virtual workshop will be hosted by Professor Lóránt Tavasszy at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).

In recent years we have seen increasing investments in competing propulsion technologies that could support the route to zero carbon for road freight transport including, among others, hydrogen, battery and/or catenary based electric systems. As these technologies compete for largely the same transport market, the question arises whether preparing for them all at the same time is necessary or useful. This year’s workshop will make an effort to consolidate the current knowledge and arrive at pathways for alternative technologies, focusing on the necessary circumstances that technologies would require to perform as needed to achieve climate change goals. Contributions about progress in other areas in relation to sustainable road freight are welcome, to help define the context that these technologies will operate in.

We invite presentations on ways to improve the sustainability of freight transport, in particular related to the factors shaping the battle between propulsion technologies:

  • Scenarios for competitive technologies
  • Evaluation methods and criteria for energy and transport systems investments
  • Logistics – technology interactions
  • User preferences towards alternative technologies
  • Standardization of technologies and logistics operations
  • Infrastructure for technologies
  • Influence of vehicle design choices
  • Policy analysis answering wicked problems
  • Covid-19 influences on technology pathways

Keynote Speakers

  • Karthick Athmanathan, Ashok Leyland, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • David Green, University of Tennessee
  • Phil Greening, Heriot-Watt University
  • Zofia Lukso, TU Delft
  • Richard Smokers, TNO
  • Bob Moran, UK Department for Transport

Submission of Abstracts

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 focus on recently completed research, or research in progress.

Abstracts of max 1000 words should be submitted by Monday 9th August 2021. Notifications of acceptance for presentations will be sent out by Monday 1st September 2021. Please submit your abstract by sending it to eh301@cam.ac.uk.


If you have any questions or would like further information, please email eh301@cam.ac.uk