Centre for Sustainable Road Freight 2018-2023

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Engineering

Abstract

This programme brings together teams from Herriot Watt University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Westminster and Durham University: providing a multidisciplinary focus on the research needed to enable and underpin radical measures to decarbonise the UK's road freight transport sector. The researchers are augmented by a consortium of 22 industrial partners, drawn from users, suppliers and participants in the road logistics sector. These industrial members provide advice and guidance as well as a rapid route to prototyping and implementation of solutions.

The first 5-year programme, conducted by the same team, laid the foundations and showed that radical measures are necessary to hit the UK Government's CO2 reduction targets. It also showed that integration between logistics solutions, vehicle technology, and policy measures is essential. This experience has shaped the design of the proposed programme.

The new research programme will run for 5 years and has three themes: (i) data collection and management, (ii) logistics systems, and (iii) vehicle technology. A portfolio of 23 projects spans the themes.

The first strand of projects (funded mainly by EPSRC), will focus on reducing barriers to promising strategic, deep decarbonisation technologies and solutions. These projects will create and integrate new data, new modelling tools and decision support systems, to create new insights about technological and logistical solutions, compelling arguments for their early adoption and recommendations for the necessary policy measures. Driven by a desire to model and then quantify the benefits of radical logistics options, the models will be developed and validated with data from real freight operations by the industrial partners, collected by novel automated means. Alternative vehicle fuels and power trains and ways of significantly reducing energy consumption will be investigated.

The second strand of projects (funded mainly by EPSRC and industry) will focus on extending and optimising the capabilities of promising technologies and on increasing their impact when applied to decarbonisation of road freight. Applied research into the dynamics of logistics mode decisions and testing of novel logistics options such as horizontal collaboration, co-loading and reorganisation of logistics infrastructure, will be enabled by tools developed in the first strand. Technologies developed in the first 5 years of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight (SRF) will be tested in two separate full-scale field trials with consortium partners, funded by InnovateUK. Road-mapping will provide a mechanism for corporates, government departments and researchers to build a common view of the future.

The projects in the third strand (funded by Energy Technologies Institute) will focus on implementation of tools and practices that offer immediate impact. These include novel and powerful software systems for industry to use in data collection and for vehicle characterisation and fleet decarbonisation. Research into the drivers of strategy and policy will, likewise identify the most powerful ways to influence adoption of technologies and logistics solutions.

The Road Freight Systems Living Laboratory ('Living Lab') is the central integrating element of the SRF's five-year research programme. Almost every project in the Centre will be part of it. The Living Lab will provide a test bed to measure and model freight operations; to develop technical and logistical interventions based on real-time logistics data; to test the interventions in simulation; to develop decision support tools (several based on work done in the first 5 years of the SRF) and eventually to implement and trial the tools and systems in practice. The Living Lab will be based on an integrated software and data platform that is currently being built by the research team and industry partners.

Planned Impact

The SRF pursues impact via the structure and content of its research programme; the makeup of its partnerships and its focus on implementation of outputs.

ROAD FREIGHT OPERATORS: facing increasing commercial and environmental pressure, seek improvements in energy consumption and CO2 emissions (targeting 80% reduction on 1990 levels by 2050), despite increasing freight demand, approximately in-line with GDP growth. The SRF will explore radical concepts for collaboration between operators, revising operations (location and layout of warehousing, co-loading, novel logistics options...) with logistics systems modelling tools to enable assessment of options using extensive real-time operational data. Operators will be aided by tools for fleet decarbonisation, planning logistics operations; and more efficient vehicles. Assessing alternative energy vectors will inform trade-offs between cost and environment. Vehicle drivers strongly influence fuel costs, emissions and safety and are influenced by the level of automation and connectivity. Driver behaviour, feedback of real-time information and training will be addressed.

ROAD FREIGHT TRANSPORT CUSTOMERS: Under margin pressure, companies seek trade-offs between logistics, environmental and other costs, and make ever-more complex strategic corporate decisions. Having models, tools and dashboards to gain deeper insight into decisions such as transport mode and horizontal collaboration opportunities and understanding the impact of future policy could mean the difference between success and failure. The programme explores some of the deeper long-term commercial and social drivers of freight demand and behaviour and how these will affect all parts of the sector.

ROAD FREIGHT SUPPLY CHAIN: This work helps manufacturers of vehicles and trailers (vehicle bodies, tyres, suspensions, power-trains, steering, brakes, aerodynamics) and providers of warehousing and material handling systems. Software advances cover decision support and planning tools for operations at all scales, support logistics and warehousing as well as data collection and management. Improvements here ripple out across the supply chain: vehicle improvements translate into lower fuel consumption, reduced costs and environmental performance.

POLICY MAKERS: The sector is complex and corporate decisions are driven by policy and vice versa. Infrastructure investments play out over many years under many influences, so integrated modelling tools are essential to understand trade-offs. Gathering data, (e.g. around congestion charging or zoning for business) is expensive so the research explores automatic vehicle tracking from video. Multi-modal transport and policies impact the cost and social benefit of road freight and so studies into mode choice and rebound are vital to avoid unintended consequences of policy decisions. Major infrastructure investments in energy provision and location will be informed by modelling energy and freight together to understand the interplay - especially as electric and gas-powered vehicles become more significant.

SOCIETY: All are affected by the road transport system; benefits, costs and its social and environmental impact. The SRF's work will affect citizens through the decisions of policy makers and freight transport operators and the resulting performance of the system, and in the performance, safety and acceptability of the vehicles themselves. Whatever policy and corporate decisions are made, society has to live with the trade-offs, exemplified by impacts on global climate change and local air quality.

INTERNATIONAL: Climate change is a global issue and the road freight fleets of developing countries will dwarf those of the UK. So the SRF is establishing partner centres in China and Africa (and India in future) to understand and address decarbonisation of freight in these markets and to disseminate research results, data and insights to maximise global impact.
 
Description We have confirmed the usefulness of tow tank testing for investigations of trailer underbody flows. New knowledge on trailer wake flows has been established, linking flow structure and unsteadiness to drag and geometric details. A number of add-on devices have been tested and their effect on drag and flow structure has been quantified. Recommendations for methods to improve the aerodynamic performance of trailers will be made in due course.

We have developed novel methods for collecting data from vehicles in-service and from live logistics systems. We have developed methods for comparing vehicle performance in service using 'big data' methods and data collected in-service. We have developed methods for automatically identifying parameter values for vehicle simulations and and models for engine/motor performance, using measured data. We have developed systems for logistics and vehicle data collection and data management. We have developed and validated new models of tyre wear under abrasive conditions. We have developed two new tools to help drivers reduce their fuel consumption through 'eco driving': One training app and one 'in-cab' driving assistant. Net fuel reductions of order 10% have been observed in trials with truck operators.

We have generated some major findings about prospects for electrification of road freight and tools for helping freight operators transition their fleets to electric operations. We have also developed some comprehensive models of electrification of the entire UK road freight sector. We are currently developing large-scale applications. We have developed a substantial capability for agent-based-modelling of logistics and have applied this to a wide range of applications.

We have developed a substantial new activity in cold chain logistics and its application to vaccine distribution.
Exploitation Route The findings will help to reduce the environmental impact of road transport. Aerodynamic drag savings of the order of 10% (and more) look entirely feasibly and this can reduce fuel consumption by around 5%. We have developed novel light-weighting solutions which will generate up to 10% reduction in fuel consumption.

We have developed tools and methodologies for quantifying the Carbon emissions of heavy goods vehicles and for planning electric fleet upgrades. These can be used by fleet operators to assess the best ways to decarbonise their fleet. We are currently investigation exploitation options.
Sectors Energy,Environment,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Transport

URL http://www.csrf.ac.uk
 
Description * Industrial project partners who have used this information to help with decision-making for long haul road freight fuel reduction and electrification measures. It is too early for significant impact but in the long term this will help reduce the environmental impact of road freight and may lead to wider societal consequences. * Heavy vehicle manufacturing industry - to help design better vehicles with lower fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. * Department of Transport used our work on Electrification of Road Freight in formulating the 'Zero Emissions Road Freight Trial'. The department was subsequently allocated approximately £20m to fund feasibility studies in 2020 and £200m in the 2021 spending review, to fund the £100m demonstration project that we recommended and two other related demonstration projects on decarbonising road freight. * Transport for London - to help it formulate strategies for charging electric buses * Road Haulage Association, Freight Transport Association, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders - evidence for their policy activities in the area of road freight decarbonisation.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Energy,Environment,Transport
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Input into National Infrastructure Commission (2019) Better Delivery: The Challenge for Freight, Freight Study final report, National Infrastructure Commission
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact National Infrastructure Commission (2019) Better Delivery: The Challenge for Freight, Freight Study final report, National Infrastructure Commission. Advice on how deliveries can be improved. https://www.nic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Better-Delivery-April-2019.pdf
URL https://www.nic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Better-Delivery-April-2019.pdf
 
Description Response to the Department for Transport's Future of Freight Roundtables
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description A network for hydrogen-fuelled transportation (Network-H2)
Amount £966,316 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S032134/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 09/2023
 
Description GCRF_NF55 Fast-track vaccine cold-chain assessment and design for mass scale COVID-19 vaccination in Bangladesh (VaCoBD)
Amount £529,593 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/V028332/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2020 
End 04/2022
 
Description Integrated Energy Systems for Commercial Vehicles
Amount £117,886 (GBP)
Funding ID 133493 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description International Collaboration Awards 2019
Amount £223,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ICA\R1\191196 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2019 
End 08/2022
 
Description Sustainable Cold-Chain Systems for Food Resilience
Amount £366,075 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 09/2022
 
Description UK Electric Road System
Amount £1,874,195 (GBP)
Funding ID 10005577 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2021 
End 03/2022
 
Description Up-Featured Trailers for Future Logistics
Amount £183,595 (GBP)
Funding ID 133620 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 06/2019
 
Description Wireless Charging in Micro-Fulfilment Centres for Last Mile Delivery
Amount £59,142 (GBP)
Funding ID 133811 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 03/2019
 
Description Zero Emission Cold-Chain(ZECC) - Building the Road to Sustainable Cold-Chain Systems for Food Resilience
Amount £1,465,929 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/V042548/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2021 
End 05/2025
 
Title SRF Optimiser 
Description A web-based decision support tool that calculates GHG emissions, energy consumption and costs associated with a company's road freight transport operation. It models the effects of 29 carbon-reducing measures, the tool assesses the GHG, energy and cost implications of a range of technologies and management practices that can be applied to a transport fleet. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Application of the tool by freight operators and other researchers to investigate decarbonisation strategies 
URL http://www.csrf.ac.uk/srf-optimiser-2/
 
Title Data set associated with 'A Computationally Efficient Framework for Modelling Energy Consumption of ICE and Electric Vehicles' 
Description This is the data set associated with the journal article titled 'A Computationally Efficient Framework for Modelling Energy Consumption of ICE and Electric Vehicles'. The data files are in MATLAB file format. Figure 4 was generated using the vehicle speed profiles of an electric bus (EB) when it operated in London and of the EB's baseline simulation model, and using the state of charge (SOC) profiles of the EB when it operated in London and of the EB's baseline simulation model. Figure 5 was generated using the electricity consumption of the EB's baseline simulation model and of the EB's computationally efficient model for different drive cycles. It shows how the proposed computationally efficient model's electricity consumption compares with that of the baseline model. Figure 6 was generated using the speed profiles of a diesel heavy goods vehicle (HGV) when it operated on-road and of the HGV's baseline simulation model, and using the fuel consumption profiles of the diesel HGV when it operated on-road and of the HGV's baseline simulation model. It also contains the road elevation profile. Figure 7 was generated using the fuel consumption values of the diesel HGV's baseline simulation model and of the HGV's computationally efficient model for different drive cycles. It shows how the proposed computationally efficient model's diesel consumption compares with that of the baseline model. All the files were generated using MATLAB software package from Mathworks. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/319517
 
Title Dataset associated with 'Techno-economic Analysis of Charging and Heating Options for an Electric Bus Service in London' 
Description A set of Matlab .fig files containing the data presented in this paper. These files contain all the data used to generate the figures in the paper. Most were the result of simulations. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Title Dataset supporting publication entitled: 'Estimation of trailer off-tracking using visual odometry' 
Description Zip file containing raw data 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Description Collaboration on Brake and Tyre Wear 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC)
Department MRC Toxicology Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution • Partnership with Emissions Analytics regarding chemical analysis of 300+ tyre samples • Collaboration with MRC Toxicology unit in Cambridge regarding health effects of non-exhaust particle emissions from tyre and break wear
Collaborator Contribution We have collected and analyzed 300 tyre samples
Impact Multi-dispciplinary work linking emissions (engineering) to health effects (toxicology).
Start Year 2021
 
Description Denby Transport 
Organisation Denby Transport
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution • Members of the Consortium will receive free-of-charge access to the Logistics database and tools for analysing the data, as applicable. • The members have the opportunity for trial and early adoption of technology and methods developed in the research. • Members of the Consortium receive licenses to exploit any intellectual property that results from the research, on favoured terms. These terms and arrangements for the ownership of intellectual property are broadly in line with European practice. • Computer simulation programs and data analysis software that result from the work of the researchers are available for internal use by the member companies. • Testing equipment built by the researchers and located in the universities is available for use by members of the Consortium. The designs of such equipment are available for internal use by the member companies, should they wish to manufacture duplicate facilities. • Members of the Consortium can gain access to research facilities and equipment in the University at reduced rates, subject to the availability of equipment.
Collaborator Contribution • In particular, secure funding helps to maintain the current level of activity and expertise in the research groups and provides some facilities that cannot be obtained from other sources of funds. • Researchers benefit from the close contact with industry that results from the Consortium, and the benefits of obtaining an industrial perspective on research projects. Further research opportunities are continually created through discussions with the industrial partners.
Impact N/A
Start Year 2013
 
Description Denby Transport Ltd 
Organisation Denby Transport
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Ongoing research
Collaborator Contribution Contributions in-kind, including provision of unique special-purpose articulated link trailer for testing
Impact Active path-following steering system licensed to industrial partner
Start Year 2013
 
Description Goodyear 
Organisation Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Members of the Consortium will receive free-of-charge access to the Logistics database and tools for analysing the data, as applicable. • The members have the opportunity for trial and early adoption of technology and methods developed in the research. • Members of the Consortium receive licenses to exploit any intellectual property that results from the research, on favoured terms. These terms and arrangements for the ownership of intellectual property are broadly in line with European practice. • Computer simulation programs and data analysis software that result from the work of the researchers are available for internal use by the member companies. • Testing equipment built by the researchers and located in the universities is available for use by members of the Consortium. The designs of such equipment are available for internal use by the member companies, should they wish to manufacture duplicate facilities. • Members of the Consortium can gain access to research facilities and equipment in the University at reduced rates, subject to the availability of equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Cash contributions of consortium subscriptions plus contributions in-kind: attendance at meetings, provision of corporate data, expertise and assistance with scoping, planning and executing projects. • Secure funding helps to maintain the current level of activity and expertise in the research groups and provides some facilities that cannot be obtained from other sources of funds. • Researchers benefit from the close contact with industry that results from the Consortium, and the benefits of obtaining an industrial perspective on research projects. Further research opportunities are continually created through discussions with the industrial partners.
Impact Work is still in progress
Start Year 2013
 
Description Haldex 
Organisation Haldex
Country Sweden 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution • Members of the Consortium will receive free-of-charge access to the Logistics database and tools for analysing the data, as applicable. • The members have the opportunity for trial and early adoption of technology and methods developed in the research. • Members of the Consortium receive licenses to exploit any intellectual property that results from the research, on favoured terms. These terms and arrangements for the ownership of intellectual property are broadly in line with European practice. • Computer simulation programs and data analysis software that result from the work of the researchers are available for internal use by the member companies. • Testing equipment built by the researchers and located in the universities is available for use by members of the Consortium. The designs of such equipment are available for internal use by the member companies, should they wish to manufacture duplicate facilities. • Members of the Consortium can gain access to research facilities and equipment in the University at reduced rates, subject to the availability of equipment.
Collaborator Contribution • In particular, secure funding helps to maintain the current level of activity and expertise in the research groups and provides some facilities that cannot be obtained from other sources of funds. • Researchers benefit from the close contact with industry that results from the Consortium, and the benefits of obtaining an industrial perspective on research projects. Further research opportunities are continually created through discussions with the industrial partners.
Impact N/A
Start Year 2013
 
Description Haldex Brake Products Ltd 
Organisation Haldex
Country Sweden 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2006
 
Description John Lewis 
Organisation John Lewis Partnership
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Members of the Consortium will receive free-of-charge access to the Logistics database and tools for analysing the data, as applicable. • The members have the opportunity for trial and early adoption of technology and methods developed in the research. • Members of the Consortium receive licenses to exploit any intellectual property that results from the research, on favoured terms. These terms and arrangements for the ownership of intellectual property are broadly in line with European practice. • Computer simulation programs and data analysis software that result from the work of the researchers are available for internal use by the member companies. • Testing equipment built by the researchers and located in the universities is available for use by members of the Consortium. The designs of such equipment are available for internal use by the member companies, should they wish to manufacture duplicate facilities. • Members of the Consortium can gain access to research facilities and equipment in the University at reduced rates, subject to the availability of equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Cash contributions of consortium subscriptions plus contributions in-kind: attendance at meetings, provision of corporate data, expertise and assistance with scoping, planning and executing projects. • Secure funding helps to maintain the current level of activity and expertise in the research groups and provides some facilities that cannot be obtained from other sources of funds. • Researchers benefit from the close contact with industry that results from the Consortium, and the benefits of obtaining an industrial perspective on research projects. Further research opportunities are continually created through discussions with the industrial partners.
Impact Work is still in progress
Start Year 2013
 
Description Logistics UK (former FTA) 
Organisation Freight Transport Association (FTA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Members of the Consortium will receive free-of-charge access to the Logistics database and tools for analysing the data, as applicable. • The members have the opportunity for trial and early adoption of technology and methods developed in the research. • Members of the Consortium receive licenses to exploit any intellectual property that results from the research, on favoured terms. These terms and arrangements for the ownership of intellectual property are broadly in line with European practice. • Computer simulation programs and data analysis software that result from the work of the researchers are available for internal use by the member companies. • Testing equipment built by the researchers and located in the universities is available for use by members of the Consortium. The designs of such equipment are available for internal use by the member companies, should they wish to manufacture duplicate facilities. • Members of the Consortium can gain access to research facilities and equipment in the University at reduced rates, subject to the availability of equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Cash contributions of consortium subscriptions plus contributions in-kind: attendance at meetings, provision of corporate data, expertise and assistance with scoping, planning and executing projects. • Secure funding helps to maintain the current level of activity and expertise in the research groups and provides some facilities that cannot be obtained from other sources of funds. • Researchers benefit from the close contact with industry that results from the Consortium, and the benefits of obtaining an industrial perspective on research projects. Further research opportunities are continually created through discussions with the industrial partners.
Impact Work is still in progress
Start Year 2013
 
Description Optrak 
Organisation Optrak Distribution Software Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Members of the Consortium will receive free-of-charge access to the Logistics database and tools for analysing the data, as applicable. • The members have the opportunity for trial and early adoption of technology and methods developed in the research. • Members of the Consortium receive licenses to exploit any intellectual property that results from the research, on favoured terms. These terms and arrangements for the ownership of intellectual property are broadly in line with European practice. • Computer simulation programs and data analysis software that result from the work of the researchers are available for internal use by the member companies. • Testing equipment built by the researchers and located in the universities is available for use by members of the Consortium. The designs of such equipment are available for internal use by the member companies, should they wish to manufacture duplicate facilities. • Members of the Consortium can gain access to research facilities and equipment in the University at reduced rates, subject to the availability of equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Cash contributions of consortium subscriptions plus contributions in-kind: attendance at meetings, provision of corporate data, expertise and assistance with scoping, planning and executing projects. • Secure funding helps to maintain the current level of activity and expertise in the research groups and provides some facilities that cannot be obtained from other sources of funds. • Researchers benefit from the close contact with industry that results from the Consortium, and the benefits of obtaining an industrial perspective on research projects. Further research opportunities are continually created through discussions with the industrial partners.
Impact Work is still in progress
Start Year 2013
 
Description RHA 
Organisation Road Haulage Association
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Provided advice and technology to help reduce fuel consumption and decarbonise road freight vehicles
Collaborator Contribution Advice and strategic direction for the research
Impact All Centre outcomes
Start Year 2015
 
Description SDC Trailers 
Organisation SDC Trailers
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Members of the Consortium will receive free-of-charge access to the Logistics database and tools for analysing the data, as applicable. • The members have the opportunity for trial and early adoption of technology and methods developed in the research. • Members of the Consortium receive licenses to exploit any intellectual property that results from the research, on favoured terms. These terms and arrangements for the ownership of intellectual property are broadly in line with European practice. • Computer simulation programs and data analysis software that result from the work of the researchers are available for internal use by the member companies. • Testing equipment built by the researchers and located in the universities is available for use by members of the Consortium. The designs of such equipment are available for internal use by the member companies, should they wish to manufacture duplicate facilities. • Members of the Consortium can gain access to research facilities and equipment in the University at reduced rates, subject to the availability of equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Cash contributions of consortium subscriptions plus contributions in-kind: attendance at meetings, provision of corporate data, expertise and assistance with scoping, planning and executing projects. • Secure funding helps to maintain the current level of activity and expertise in the research groups and provides some facilities that cannot be obtained from other sources of funds. • Researchers benefit from the close contact with industry that results from the Consortium, and the benefits of obtaining an industrial perspective on research projects. Further research opportunities are continually created through discussions with the industrial partners.
Impact Work is still in progress
Start Year 2013
 
Description Sainsbury 
Organisation Sainsbury's
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Provided advice and technology to help reduce fuel consumption and decarbonise road freight vehicles
Collaborator Contribution Cash contributions through membership subscriptions Provided advice and strategic direction for research programme
Impact All SRF Centre research outputs
Start Year 2015
 
Description Tesco 
Organisation Tesco Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Members of the Consortium will receive free-of-charge access to the Logistics database and tools for analysing the data, as applicable. • The members have the opportunity for trial and early adoption of technology and methods developed in the research. • Members of the Consortium receive licenses to exploit any intellectual property that results from the research, on favoured terms. These terms and arrangements for the ownership of intellectual property are broadly in line with European practice. • Computer simulation programs and data analysis software that result from the work of the researchers are available for internal use by the member companies. • Testing equipment built by the researchers and located in the universities is available for use by members of the Consortium. The designs of such equipment are available for internal use by the member companies, should they wish to manufacture duplicate facilities. • Members of the Consortium can gain access to research facilities and equipment in the University at reduced rates, subject to the availability of equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Cash contributions of consortium subscriptions plus contributions in-kind: attendance at meetings, provision of corporate data, expertise and assistance with scoping, planning and executing projects. • Secure funding helps to maintain the current level of activity and expertise in the research groups and provides some facilities that cannot be obtained from other sources of funds. • Researchers benefit from the close contact with industry that results from the Consortium, and the benefits of obtaining an industrial perspective on research projects. Further research opportunities are continually created through discussions with the industrial partners.
Impact Work is still in progress
Start Year 2013
 
Description Transdek 
Organisation Transdek
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Members of the Consortium will receive free-of-charge access to the Logistics database and tools for analysing the data, as applicable. • The members have the opportunity for trial and early adoption of technology and methods developed in the research. • Members of the Consortium receive licenses to exploit any intellectual property that results from the research, on favoured terms. These terms and arrangements for the ownership of intellectual property are broadly in line with European practice. • Computer simulation programs and data analysis software that result from the work of the researchers are available for internal use by the member companies. • Testing equipment built by the researchers and located in the universities is available for use by members of the Consortium. The designs of such equipment are available for internal use by the member companies, should they wish to manufacture duplicate facilities. • Members of the Consortium can gain access to research facilities and equipment in the University at reduced rates, subject to the availability of equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Cash contributions of consortium subscriptions plus contributions in-kind: attendance at meetings, provision of corporate data, expertise and assistance with scoping, planning and executing projects. • Secure funding helps to maintain the current level of activity and expertise in the research groups and provides some facilities that cannot be obtained from other sources of funds. • Researchers benefit from the close contact with industry that results from the Consortium, and the benefits of obtaining an industrial perspective on research projects. Further research opportunities are continually created through discussions with the industrial partners.
Impact Work is still in progress
Start Year 2014
 
Description Turners 
Organisation Turners (Soham) Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Provided advice and technology to help reduce fuel consumption and decarbonise road freight vehicles
Collaborator Contribution Cash contributions through membership subscriptions Provided advice and strategic direction for research programme Provided access to vehicles, drivers and data
Impact All SRF Centre research outputs
Start Year 2015
 
Description UPS 
Organisation University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras
Country Puerto Rico 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provided advice and technology to help reduce fuel consumption and decarbonise road freight vehicles
Collaborator Contribution Cash contributions through membership subscriptions. Provided advice and strategic direction for research programme.
Impact All SRF Centre research outputs
Start Year 2019
 
Description UPS Ltd 
Organisation United Parcel Service of America (UPS) Inc
Department UPS Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Modelling and measurement
Collaborator Contribution Provided data and insight into their operations
Impact Models of last mile logistics systems in a number of cities in the UK.
Start Year 2019
 
Description VCL 
Organisation Value Chain Laboratories
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Networking with other partners Exposure to industry Product ideas
Collaborator Contribution Cash contributions through member subscriptions Software engineering support
Impact SRF Optimiser - software
Start Year 2015
 
Description Volvo 
Organisation Volvo Trucks
Country Sweden 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Members of the Consortium will receive free-of-charge access to the Logistics database and tools for analysing the data, as applicable. • The members have the opportunity for trial and early adoption of technology and methods developed in the research. • Members of the Consortium receive licenses to exploit any intellectual property that results from the research, on favoured terms. These terms and arrangements for the ownership of intellectual property are broadly in line with European practice. • Computer simulation programs and data analysis software that result from the work of the researchers are available for internal use by the member companies. • Testing equipment built by the researchers and located in the universities is available for use by members of the Consortium. The designs of such equipment are available for internal use by the member companies, should they wish to manufacture duplicate facilities. • Members of the Consortium can gain access to research facilities and equipment in the University at reduced rates, subject to the availability of equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Cash contributions of consortium subscriptions plus contributions in-kind: attendance at meetings, provision of corporate data, expertise and assistance with scoping, planning and executing projects. • Secure funding helps to maintain the current level of activity and expertise in the research groups and provides some facilities that cannot be obtained from other sources of funds. • Researchers benefit from the close contact with industry that results from the Consortium, and the benefits of obtaining an industrial perspective on research projects. Further research opportunities are continually created through discussions with the industrial partners.
Impact Work is still in progress
Start Year 2014
 
Description 7th International Workshop on Sustainable Road Freight 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To disseminate our research regarding "Evaluating the Benefit of Mixed Fleet using Agent-based Modelling and Simulation"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description 8th SRF workshop on Sustainable Road Freight 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 8th International Workshop on Sustainable Road Freight. Online event in November 2021, attracted over 300 registrations. The aims of this annual conference are to disseminate the research outputs of the Centre, increase impact of the research, promote collaboration amongst academics, industry and policy makers, and develop ideas for future projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.csrf.ac.uk/events/8th-international-workshop-on-sustainable-road-freight/
 
Description A talk or presentation - 6th International Workshop on Sustainable Road Freight 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To disseminate our research regarding "Simulating home groceries delivery using electric vehicles : an agent-based approach"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Agent-based simulation model for urban deliveries 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact School of Social Sciences and Edinburgh Business School hosted a Research Showcase, which provided a platform to research undertaken by researchers and PhD students. The presentations were selected on leading research areas for enhanced collaboration with academics and practioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Attendance of Transport Scotland academic interest group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I attended an academic interest group organised by Transport Scotland, where policy makers and Scottish Government representatives were in attendance. The talks in which I contributed concerned fuel energy mix and plans for decarbonisation strategy. There were around 10-12 individuals present.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Impact of coalitions formation on carbon and cost savings in road freight transport 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presented on a research topic - Impact of coalitions formation on carbon and cost savings in road freight transport at the SRF 7th International Workshop on Sustainable Road Freight, Centre for Sustainable Road Freight
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited Keynote - ITC Alternative Fuels Discussion Evening 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited keynote address on the subject 'Road Freight: Hydrogen or Electricity' and round-table discussion with industry experts and policy makers, with questions from audience of professionals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited keynote - Shell roundtable on Shell Roundtable on long-haul heavy duty road transport decarbonisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Roundtable discussion of future policy options with invited presentations by experts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Kuehne Road Logistics - Decarbonisation Initiative 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Worked in collaboration with Kuehne Logistics University to measure Kuehne Road Logistics fleet carbon
performance and decarbonisation interventions suitable for their road freight transport operations in
the France.

Analysed Kuehne + Nagel Road Logistics fleet data of 2019 to provide baseline cost, fuel
consumption and carbon emissions using SRF Optimiser tool. The tool recommended and
prioritised 29 carbon-reducing measures based on their economic investment potential. This analysis
provided insights on cost and carbon benefits from each carbon-reducing measure in our road freight
transport operations. We shortlisted driver monitoring, driver training and telematics for vehicle
routing suitable for our current logistics operations. The SRF estimated total savings in cost and carbon
emissions from the identified carbon-reducing measures. This analysis will supported KN Road Logistics in implementation of carbon-reducing measures to achieve their goal of
carbon neutrality through our transport and logistics operations by 2030.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Modeling home grocery delivery using electric vehicles: preliminary results of an agent-based simulation study 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented SRF research in a talk at a major international conference, WinterSim WSC 2019. The talk was followed by a Q&A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation title: Goods Deliveries to London Schools: Improving Efficiency and Sustainability, Marzena Piotrowska 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation title: Goods Deliveries to London Schools: Improving Efficiency and Sustainability
Presented at 4th VREF Conference on Urban Freight, 24 March 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Range Anxiety in HGVs: an agent based model identifying optimal energy infrastructure for road freight powered by alternative fuels 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I gave a presentation on my research with the SRF to a bi-annual national conference run by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and the Operational Research Society (OR). My talk was followed by a Q&A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sharing Scholarship dissemination activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Title: "Research in a pandemic through the eyes of logistics students"

As part of my ongoing research within the SRF team, I was invited to give a talk about my teaching and learning project related to the logistics Masters students within the SRF team. This may result in further dissemination activities as discussed with the session organiser.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Simulating supermarket home deliveries in Cambridge: A whole system view 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I presented my research at the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight's 7th international workshop, including representatives from similar centres across the world. My presentation was in the form of a video and a short Q&A.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Synthesizing repeat customer orders with Bayesian inference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented a poster, and gave a short talk, on my research at the AGM of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight. The audience was international and included students, researchers and professional logistics and transportation practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk on Centre activities for LowCVP symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I presented a briefing about SRF's plans for research dissemination to industrial stakeholders. The audience was approximately 30 people from the logistics and transportation industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk on SRF activities to Heriot-Watt Sustainability Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact I delivered a talk about the SRF's activities to an audience of about 25 people at Heriot-Watt's Sustainability Watt Forum. The event attracted interest from Heriot-Watt's media and comms team and was publicised in local communications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Teaching Workshop for Global Logistics & SC Operations supported by Kuehne Foundation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Kuehne Foundation organised lecture workshops for MSc Global Logistics and SC Operations in Abjua, Nigeria. This involved delivering 2-days workshop for postgraduate students specialising in logistics course.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The logistics of Coronavirus 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I helped Prof. Phil Greening compile a blog post for the SRF website, providing the SRF's thoughts on the pandemic in terms of logistical practices
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.csrf.ac.uk/2020/04/the-logistics-of-coronavirus/
 
Description Winter Simulation Conference 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To disseminate our research regarding "Long Haul Logistics Using Electric Trailers by Incorporating an Energy Consumption Meta-Model Into Agent-Based Model"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020