Decarbonisation in a sector with many independent stakeholders depends upon the interplay between policy and individual corporate decisions. However, commercial investment decisions in freight transport are often hampered by a lack of reliable information.
A freight perspective of corporate strategy is needed to allow intra- and inter-company investment decisions to be better understood and informed. It is important to consider how government policy and regulation should be developed to modify commercial decisions to deliver carbon reduction improvements.
The trade-offs between investment in logistics and other commercial activities across supply chains will be investigated. This will result in the development of a decision-support tool aimed at recommending strategies to local, national and EU policy makers to promote low-carbon road freight.
The tools, guidance and case studies developed for commercial organisations and policy makers will be key to maximimising the uptake of low-carbon solutions.
Policy makers will benefit from a better understanding of factors influencing the efficiency of low-carbon road freight policy options and from advice on most effective strategies to cut GHG emissions from road freight transport. Commercial decision-makers will have tools and guidance to enable informed decisions to maximise the economic and carbon benefits from investment in new vehicle technologies and logistics practices.
Investigators: Maja Piecyk
Researchers: Julian Allen