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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The 8th International Workshop on Sustainable Road Freight was held online on 9th-11th November 2021. It was hosted by Professor Lóránt Tavasszy from 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 attempted 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.

For the 8th Workshop, papers were invited 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 Lukszo, TU Delft
  • Richard Smokers, TNO
  • Bob Moran, UK Department for Transport