DecarboN8 - An integrated network to decarbonise transport

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Institute for Transport Studies

Abstract

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2018 highlighted the need for urgent, transformative change, on an unprecedented scale, if global warming is to be restricted to 1.5C. The challenge of reaching an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050 represents a huge technological, engineering, policy and societal challenge for the next 30 years. This is a huge challenge for the transport sector, which accounts for over a quarter of UK domestic greenhouse gas emissions and has a flat emissions profile over recent years.

The DecarboN8 project will develop a new network of researchers, working closely with industry and government, capable of designing solutions which can be deployed rapidly and at scale. It will develop answers to questions such as:
1) How can different places be rapidly switched to electromobility for personal travel? How do decisions on the private fleet interact with the quite different decarbonisation strategies for heavy vehicles? This requires integrating understanding of the changing carbon impacts of these options with knowledge on how energy systems work and are regulated with the operational realities of transport systems and their regulatory environment; and
2) What is the right balance between infrastructure expansion, intelligent system management and demand management? Will the embodied carbon emissions of major new infrastructure offset gains from improved flows and could these be delivered in other ways through technology? If so, how quickly could this happen, what are the societal implications and how will this impact on the resilience of our systems?

The answer to these questions is unlikely to the same everywhere in the UK but little attention is paid to where the answers might be different and why. Coupled with boundaries between local government areas, transport network providers (road and rail in particular) and service operators there is potential for a lack of joined up approaches and stranded investments in ineffective technologies. The DecarboN8 network is led by the eight most research intensive Universities across the North of England (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York) who will work with local, regional and national stakeholders to create an integrated test and research environment across the North in which national and international researchers can study the decarbonisation challenge at these different scales.

The DecarboN8 network is organised across four integrated research themes (carbon pathways, social acceptance and societal readiness, future transport fuels and fuelling, digitisation, demand and infrastructure). These themes form the structure for a series of twelve research workshops which will bring new research interests together to better understand the specific challenges of the transport sector and then to work together on integrating solutions. The approach will incorporate throughout an emphasis on working with real world problems in 'places' to develop knowledge which is situated in a range of contexts. £400k of research funding will be available for the development of new collaborations, particularly for early career researchers. We will distribute this in a fair, open and transparent manner to promote excellent research.

The network will help develop a more integrated environment for the development, testing and rapid deployment of solutions through activities including identifying and classifying data sources, holding innovation translation events, policy discussion forums and major events to highlight the opportunities and innovations. The research will involve industry and government stakeholders and citizens throughout to ensure the research outcomes meet the ambitions of the network of accelerating the rapid decarbonisation of transport.

Planned Impact

Our ambition for the DecarboN8 network goes well beyond opening up new scientific boundaries. The network has been designed with stakeholders to support a pan-northern collaboration of governmental stakeholders tasked with implementation. By promoting collaboration we aim to support an ecosystem where data is better integrated and more easily shared and where experimentation is embraced and, as a result, adoption accelerated. Through this we aim to make the North a place where industries and academics come to undertake decarbonisation research, development and deployment in dialogue with civil society and publics around social requirements, social innovation and wider societal concerns.

DecarboN8 has already begun the process of collaborative development of the network programme through three stakeholder workshops (Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle). These have shaped the research needs which the network should address but also how the network will operate. In particular, we have established:
- A stakeholder reference group which will meet seven times over the course of the network. This will ensure innovations are understood and critically reviewed from the perspective of citizens, decision-makers and businesses from the outset and this is used to impact design of options.
- A data mapping and support role for the network which will create a structured data set mapping with stakeholders so that it is clear what data is available to share and where it is held. This will also help with identification of data gaps and needs. Two hackathons are also planned to help with the task of integrating data sets across boundaries.
- The Transport Systems Catapult. will lead three innovation translation events to bring together industrial stakeholders, local and national government partners engaged in decarbonisation in the North of England. The idea of these events is to stimulate new collaborations which lead to proposals to grow innovation funding in the region and deliver recognisable change at higher TRL and SRL levels. This is an important part of creating an ecosystem of fundamental research development through to deployment. Experimentation will create further opportunities for academic learning alongside innovation deployment lessons.

A searchable database of experts will be joined together by the DecarboN8 network coordinator which will allow sharing of experiences and more rapid learning across sites. As indicated above, data in the region will also be mapped and tagged with meta data to enable greater data sharing and use in collaborative projects. Two hackathons to join up data sets will be run.

We will deliver policy impact by making sure our research is grounded in places and therefore addresses the issues of deploying innovations. Six 'Policy Cafés' will be run, each twice across the region. In the first six months, two policy briefings will be produced, one on "Carbon targets for transport in the North" and the second on "Decarbonising Transport: Quick Wins" which will incorporate the initial workshop outcomes and network member knowledge. In Year 2 the policy briefings will be about working across boundaries to promote greater understanding between transport and energy policy makers and practitioners (in time to influence the Ofgem RIIO Framework) and across stakeholders evaluating decisions across modes, technologies and scales in conjunction with Transport for the North. In Year 3 there is flexibility to adapt but we anticipate briefings on critical actions to promote societal readiness and on policy options - both must do and must stop doing.

A quarterly newsletter will be produced for the network to update members on upcoming calls, events, and outputs. In addition, regular website and social media updates will be released to disseminate call, events and outputs to a wider audience.
 
Title Embodied carbon in Transport -- the 'critical' in UK's net-zero journey 
Description A short educational video created by Kadambari Lokesh explaining the concept of embodied emissions and the need to include these in conversations around achieving net zero 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact The video, which was posted fairly recently, has 50 views on Youtube and another 70 on Twitter. 
URL https://youtu.be/nvtSAuuZUxQ
 
Title Will electric cars stop the #ClimateEmergency? 
Description A short educational video summarising 10 important evidence based points about electric vehicles for policymakers and the general public. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact The video has received nearly 800 views on Youtube to date and has stimulated some lively discussions on Twitter 
URL https://youtu.be/NVoIll8zXoE
 
Description The scale and pace of the decarbonisation challenge for transport is now so great that it requires action to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles, shift away from driving to public transport AND reduce the amount we travel by car by 20% or more. This will look different in different parts of the country and DecarboN8 has been developing tools to enable local authorities, consultants, civic groups and technology providers to understand what 'place-based' decarbonisation looks like.

The work starts by asking what does society need to achieve and then looks at the extent to which different solutions might meet those societal needs. We call this an assessment of Societal Readiness, rather than what currently happens which is an assessment of Technology Readiness. It is an important difference as the latter is really focussed on whether something can be implemented in practice - not whether it fulfills our goals. Our work is testing out different aspects of this approach on communities in rural Cumbria, multi-cultural Bradford as well as our major cities. We have also funded projects assessing how suitable different technologies are - such as electrification or freight consolidation to different parts of the region, given their diverse geography.

Finally, we are developing new science around the assessment of the carbon involved in infrastructure, both in the new build but also the maintenance of the existing assets. This enables a more joined up set of decisions about the whole life carbon of road widening or rail improvement schemes. This has the potential to impact on an investment programme worth over £30bn in the next five years.
Exploitation Route We are regularly engaging with local authorities and local community organisations to inform the development of ambitious but realistic and grounded decarbonisation strategies. Our work also informs national and regional guidance on the development of strategy and funding.

We have just completed one secondment to the team from the Department for Transport which has been influential in connecting city and regional decision-making to the decarbonisation agenda more strongly. A second secondment is now underway with Stantec UK consultants to turn our insights into a set of guidance for how to use planning to develop and redevelop cities in ways which support decarbonisation.
Sectors Energy,Environment,Transport

URL https://decarbon8.org.uk/
 
Description The DecarboN8 network supported the development of a series of seven Local Government Association briefings on decarbonising transport which have been downloaded over 1000 times and ran seven webinars which more than 800 LGA members registered to attend. The briefings set out how to approach setting a carbon target once a climate emergency has been declared and then what can be done with the powers and resources available today to accelerate the challenge. This is a major advance in the capacity of officers and politicians in a range of local authorities who do not have the capacities of the big cities. DecarboN8 and Transport for the North have built a close working relationship. This has led to DecarboN8 helping to shape some of the thinking included in the TfN Decarbonisation Strategy which was consulted on in Spring 2021 and launched in Autumn 2021. DecarboN8 work has been referenced throughout the report. This will shape the future investment programme prioritisation for infrastructure across the North and covers an area responsible for 23% of England's transport emissions As well as working at a pan-regional level DecarboN8 has provided support in facilitating workshops and recording briefing notes and on-line consultations for both the development of the Department for Transport Decarbonisation Plan and the Leeds City Council Transport Strategy. Workshops have subsequently been run for the DfT policy and decarbonisation teams on how to establish the guidance for local transport plans (which will govern the spending of all UK local transport bodies) and Leeds City Council as they face the challenge of implementing their plan. Since the grant began, the mobility restrictions resulting from the public health response to Covid-19 has led to a UKRI emergency grant and attracted over £130k of other research funds to understand the impacts of the restrictions on mobility patterns. This work is on-going but we run a monthly behavioural insights expert group for Department for Transport, Transport Scotland, Transport for the North, Transport for London, Transport for Greater Manchester, Strathclyde and Liverpool City Region as well as several other cities and transport providers. Our survey findings and data are shared with the group to influence forward planning decisions about how to adapt. A presentation on our year two report will be delivered to the Department for Transport's Think People programme in March 2022. We are also proud of the way in which we have embedded organisations into our second round of pump priming research proposals through our Societal readiness research strand. We gave all of the proposals providing summaries to the Yorkshire Youth Parliament and participating in a Dragon's Den style workshop to improve the bids as well as providing bespoke support with the Connected Places Catapult to consider how to upscale and deploy promising innovative processes or tools. Our network has grown to over 800 stakeholders and we provide a voice to share innovations in carbon reduction across the North. We had an extensive engagement platform at COP26 across the People's Summit and the Green Zone. We regularly input to local discussions about decarbonisation strategy.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Energy,Environment,Transport
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Annex A of Transport Scotland's 'Roadmap to Achieving the 20% reduction in car KM'
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.transport.gov.scot/media/50873/technical-annex-a-route-map-to-achieve-a-20-per-cent-redu...
 
Description Evidence for Built Environment Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/b8b45c46-8457-4ce5-8eec-8b0745cc7456?mc_cid=cf6f205759&mc_eid=...
 
Description Expert input into Department for Transport's forthcoming Transport Decarbonisation Plan
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Member of expert panel advising on Leeds Transport Strategy
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/commonplace-customer-assets/leedstransportstrategy/Leeds%20Transp...
 
Description Transport for the North Decarbonisation Strategy (final version)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://transportforthenorth.com/wp-content/uploads/TfN-Transport-Decarbonisation-Strategy-TfNDEC202...
 
Description informing Transport for the North's forthcoming Decarbonisation Strategy
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Additional Funding: COVID 19 Transport, Travel and Social Adaptation Emergency Data Collection (TRANSAS)
Amount £75,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S032002/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 03/2021
 
Description Centre for Research on Energy Demand (CREDs) - Impact Acceleration Award for LGA Decarbonising Transport Policy Briefings
Amount £20,032 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R035288/1 
Organisation University of Oxford 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2020 
End 12/2020
 
Description Covid-19 Transport, Travel and Social Adaptation Emergency Data Collaboration (TRANSAS)
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation Strathclyde Partnership for Transport 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 03/2021
 
Description Covid-19 Transport, Travel and Social Adaptation Emergency Data Collaboration (TRANSAS)
Amount £38,000 (GBP)
Funding ID TRAS0049 
Organisation Department of Transport 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 03/2021
 
Description Covid-19 Transport, Travel and Social Adaptation Emergency Data Collaboration (TRANSAS)
Amount £21,360 (GBP)
Organisation Transport Scotland 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 03/2021
 
Description Covid-19 Transport, Travel and Social Adaptation Emergency Data Collaboration (TRANSAS)
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation Transport for the North 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 03/2021
 
Description Covid-19 Transport, Travel and Social Adaptation Emergency Data Collaboration (TRANSAS)
Amount £7,500 (GBP)
Organisation Liverpool City Region Combined Authority 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 03/2021
 
Description DfT Decarbonising Transport ESRC Policy Fellowship
Amount £121,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2022 
End 07/2023
 
Description EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account Knowledge Transfer Secondment of Richard Walker from the Department for Transport to the University of Leeds
Amount £46,625 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R511717/1 
Organisation University of Leeds 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2020 
End 02/2021
 
Description Extension: IAA KT Secondment of Richard Walker from DfT to University of Leeds
Amount £32,890 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R511717/1 
Organisation University of Leeds 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2021 
End 12/2021
 
Description Knowledge Exchange Secondment (incoming - Keith Mitchell, Stantec UK): People and place as enablers of Transport Decarbonisation
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/T501955/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2022 
End 01/2023
 
Description LGA Decarbonising Transport Policy Briefings
Amount £19,925 (GBP)
Organisation Local Government Association 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2019 
End 07/2020
 
Description Strategic Priorities Fund: Covid-19 Transport Policy Recovery Options Study
Amount £27,656 (GBP)
Organisation University of Leeds 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 08/2021
 
Title Analyses of bus use and cycling & walking take up by English local authority district, 2011-2018 
Description This dataset was used to support the analyses of car CO2 emissions per head of resident population by English local authority district 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The analysis supported DecarboN8's submission to the DfT's consultation exercise on the UK Transport Decarbonisation Plan, which has had impact on the DfT's approach to its 'place-based solutions' strategic priority. 
 
Title Analyses of car CO2 emissions per head of resident population by English local authority district, 2011 (from DfT DVSA MOT test data) 
Description This dataset is the first use the very large dataset from the annual MoT test for cars and analyse them at the scale of the 326 English districts. It was used as evidence base in support of DecarboN8's submission to the DfT's consultation exercise on the UK Transport Decarbonisation Plan and had impact on the DfT's approach to the 'place-based solutions' strategic priority in developing the plan. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact It was used as evidence base in support of DecarboN8's submission to the DfT's consultation exercise on the UK Transport Decarbonisation Plan and had impact on the DfT's approach to the 'place-based solutions' strategic priority in developing the plan. 
 
Title COVID19 Transport, travel & social adaptation study 
Description COVID19 Transport, Travel and Social Adaptation Emergency Data Collection seeks to address the following questions: Where have virtual activities taken the place of physical activities? To what extent? What would need to happen to maintain this? Has the reduction in how often we do different activities led to new patterns of we get things done? Longer-term, how will social distancing impact the attractiveness of public transport, cycling and car use? Which changes are due to social distancing itself, and which are due to the wider changes in the economy and people's finances? 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The findings have been included in briefings to the Transport Minister in Scotland, the board of Transport for the North and in developing Covid response strategies in Greater Manchester and Transport for London. 
URL https://covid19transas.org/outputs/findings/
 
Description collaboration with ChargeMyStreet Ltd. 
Organisation Charge My Street
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Key research ideas on using data to understand the EV adoption and usage behaviour.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise on practical side of EV adoption and usage, data and the highlighting the problems that are more urgent.
Impact No specific outcomes yet but we expect the work done as part of project to have good impact both in terms of policy making and further research.
Start Year 2019
 
Description collaboration with Miralis DataLtd 
Organisation Miralis Data
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Key research ideas on using data to understand the EV adoption and usage behaviour.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise on practical side of EV adoption and usage, data and the highlighting the problems that are more urgent.
Impact No specific outcomes yet but we expect the work done as part of project to have good impact both in terms of policy making and further research.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Act Travel Wise Earth Day Webinar: Decarbonising Transport 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Richard Walker made a presentation as part of Act Travel Wise's Earth Day Webinar: Decarbonising Transport
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description COP26 Exhibition: the Place-Based Carbon Calculator 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Exhibition and live demonstration of Malcolm Morgan's Place-Based Carbon Calculator (PBCC) in the COP26 Green Zone. Fliers about the tool were also distributed throughout the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://decarbon8.org.uk/decarbon8-at-cop26/
 
Description COP26 PANEL: Real Zero in a Hurry: key messages on transport decarbonisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Held a fringe event during COP26, PANEL: Real Zero in a Hurry: key messages on transport decarbonisation. The event was run as a hybrid event with roughly 30 participants in the room and 60 joining online. After the event the video was posted on Youtube so that it will continue to be accessible. The event sparked many questions from the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://youtu.be/1Uaam7XeyTo
 
Description COP26 PANEL: Tools for Community Action 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Held a COP26 fringe event, PANEL: Tools for Community Action. This was a hybrid event attended by just over 50 people split evenly between online and in person. A video of the event has been posted on Youtube so that it can continue to reach more people. The presentations sparked a variety of questions from the participants and requests for more information about the tools shared.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://youtu.be/_LykWSGex4M
 
Description COVID19 Transport, Travel and Social Adaptation Study website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Covid-19 TRANSAS website shares findings and outputs from our Covid-19 travel behaviours study. The website receives roughly 200 views per month
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://covid19transas.org/
 
Description Carry on Cargo Bike: The future of local deliveries? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentations at Healthy Active Cities webinar - 02/12/2020 - Carry on Cargo Bike: The future of local deliveries? 84 attendees
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Connected Places Catapult/British Embassy Sofia (Bulgaria) joint webinar on decarbonising smart cities: Climate needs action part 2: pathways towards net zero port and airport cities 
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 The event brought together experts from the three countries to discuss the challenges they face in transforming cities into productive, safe and low emission places to live. The intention is to have a lively debate informed by UK leadership in the move to smarter and greener cities designed to improve the quality of life of residents through enhancing the efficiency of transport, energy provision and healthcare through innovations. It will also showcase innovations and opportunities in East Europe.

This is part of a series of events, the aim of which is to develop a network of experts in the Eastern Balkans region to work with UK partners in jointly identifying and implementing the most efficient solutions to climate change adaptation and mitigation. One outcome is to identify the best case-studies from Romania and Bulgaria which may turn into a joint side event at COP26 in Glasgow, including partners from the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Covid 19 Transport Behaviour Findings Exchange 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Working group of representatives from local, regional and national government, industry and third sector organisations who meet once per month to discuss research related to the Covid-19 TRANSAS project. This group has steadily grown since the first meeting in September. Members of the group often comment on how useful the shared research and group discussions are in informing their own research and planning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description Cut Carbon Network website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Cut Carbon Network hub connecting five UKRI funded Networks+ focussing on transport decarbonisation. The website hosts information about outputs and upcoming events and funding calls from all five networks and receives around 200 views per month.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://cutcarbon.org.uk/
 
Description DecarboN8 Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 160 people attended the DecarboN8 Launch held in person in November 2019 including academics, industry professionals, and representatives from government an third sector organisations. Several attendees followed up to request further meetings and explore opportunities for collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description DecarboN8 Newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Monthly digital newsletter with roughly 750 subscribers. Many subscribers have become involved with DecarboN8 activities promoted through the newsletter. We have received requests for more information and for potential collaboration on the back of someone receiving the newsletter
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020,2021
URL https://mailchi.mp/fcda1f90d856/decarbon8-new-research-funding-announced
 
Description DecarboN8 SlideShare 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact DecarboN8 SlideShare account. Currently we have 29 research based slide presentations which are available to the public to view and download most presentations have between 100-1000 views
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://www.slideshare.net/DecarboN8/presentations?order=latest
 
Description DecarboN8 website and blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact DecarboN8 website which includes a blog, links to published papers, slides and videos and information about our work. The website averages around 2K visits per month.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://decarbon8.org.uk/
 
Description Delivering transport strategy in the context of decarbonisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Greg Marsden gave a presentation as part of a webinar organised jointly with TPS and Transport for the South East (TfSE) focusing on the local transport challenge of achieving continued economic growth whilst decarbonising transport.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ31oAaunEI
 
Description Festival of Tomorrow 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Took part in the Festival of Tomorrow (online). We held a stall in the exhibition area where participants could read about DecarboN8, watch a video, look at some infographics, read one of our policy briefs and click through to our website. We had no direct engagement but 60 people viewed the video we shared and we gained 10 Twitter followers over the weekend.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Future Transport Fuels webinar series 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact series of 3 webinars on Future Transport Fuels with 100 attendees across all three workshops
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Greg Marsden and Kevin Anderson spoke at COP26 Coalition event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Greg and Kevin delivered a COP26 Coalition session jointly with DecarboN8 and Friends of the Earth called Exposing False Solutions: how dangerous distractions are undermining real zero in a hurry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://cop26coalition.org/peoples-summit/exposing-false-solutions-how-dangerous-distractions-are-un...
 
Description Greg Marsden interview on Metropolitan Mobility Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Greg Marsden was featured in an episode of Metropolitan Mobility Podcast entitled 'Greg Marsden on Covid-19 as Catalyst for Sustainable Mobility Policies'. The podcast is based in the Netherlands.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://podcasts.apple.com/nl/podcast/metropolitan-mobility-podcast/id1207576409
 
Description Greg Marsden interview on Planet Pod 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Greg Marsden interviewed for Planet Pod: End Transport Inequality
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://theplanetpod.com/end-transport-inequality/
 
Description Highways UK (panel session plus discussion) - 'Is our carbon wallet empty?' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Highways UK (panel session plus discussion) - 'Is our carbon wallet empty?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Interview with Guardian Journalist 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview to inform article on future of transport after Covid-19
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/12/what-is-the-future-for-travel-and-immigration-in-age-o...
 
Description Kevin Anderson interview with Democracy Now 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Kevin Anderson features in a Democracy now video filmed at COP26 about carbon budgets and commitments. 5 days after it was uploaded it had 10,000 views on Youtube and 2000 on Twitter and had sparked lively debates in the comments on both platforms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://youtu.be/eYbgZNE4Y0g?t=166
 
Description LGA webinar--Getting your carbon ambition right 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact webinar for the Local Government Association launching one of our policy briefing notes, Decarbonising Transport: Getting carbon ambition right
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description LGA webinar: Accelerating the uptake of electric vehicles 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact webinar for the Local Government Association launching one of our policy briefing notes, Decarbonising Transport: Accelerating the uptake of electric vehicles
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description LGA webinar: Climate Smart Parking Policies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact webinar for the Local Government Association launching one of our policy briefing notes, Decarbonising Transport: Climate Smart Parking Policies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description LGA webinar: Growing Cycle Use 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact webinar for the Local Government Association launching one of our policy briefing notes, Growing Cycle Use
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description LGA webinar: Land Use, Localisation and Accessibility 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact webinar for the Local Government Association launching one of our policy briefing notes, Decarbonising Transport: Land Use, Localisation and Accessibility
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description LGA webinar: The role of buses 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact webinar for the Local Government Association launching one of our policy briefing notes, Decarbonising Transport: The role of buses
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description LGA webinar: Travelling less and the role of online opportunities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact webinar for the Local Government Association launching one of our policy briefing notes, Travelling less and the role of online opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Leeds State of the City 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Greg Marsden facilitated a workshop and other members of the DecarboN8 team staffed a space in the exhibition area and captured signups for the DecarboN8 newsletter and ran an activity for participants to share their vision for better transport in Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Local Government Association Decarbonising Transport workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact a series of two workshops for members of local government on planning around transport decarbonisation held in Leeds and London. The workshops sparked a lot of good discussions and helped to scope priority areas for policy briefing notes. At the end of the workshop participants reported on how the discussions had informed their next steps in terms of planning, further research and new connections that they intended to pursue
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Manchester Green New Deal podcast interview with Kevin Anderson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Kevin Anderson was interviewed on the Manchester Green New Deal podcast, the episode was called "We've been running scared for 30 Years"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.buzzsprout.com/919177/8612522
 
Description Meet the Researchers: Achieving Net-Zero Driving Down Transport Emissions 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Greg Marsden delivered a webinar on Driving Down Transport Emissions as part of University of Leeds Meet the Researchers: Achieving Net-Zero webinar series. Though we do not have numbers for the live event the recording has been viewed 397 times on youtube.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://youtu.be/oIlR3EfRhuo
 
Description Panel at EvoNorth Leaders debate - Transport and Connectivity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Participation in a debate with experts from Transport for the North on improving connectivity across our transport system as essential to unlocking economic growth for the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.evonorth.com/2020/en/page/conference-agenda
 
Description People Make Transport: Communities Enabling Greener Travel (COP26 Green Zone event) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Greg Marsden gave a presentation as part of an event in the COP26 Green Zone, People Make Transport: Communities Enabling Greener Travel. The event was simultaneously livestreamed to an audience of over 2,000.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://youtu.be/1pP_o5eJbvA
 
Description Place-based Decarbonisation webinar series 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact series of 2 webinars on place-based decarbonisation, 70 people attended across both webinars
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation - Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Policy Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Keynote presentation for the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Policy Conference in June 2020, presentation sparked discussion and a wider awareness of the importance of a whole life carbon approach in infrastructure design and delivery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation at University of Geneva 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation on Life Cycle Assessment in the Transport Sector at University of Geneva
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Real Zero in a Hurry conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact We held a five day online conference on place-based decarbonisation for transport. Around 80 speakers from all over the world delivered 37 sessions (including talks, panels and workshops). More than 500 people registered. The participants and presenters came from a a wide range of backgrounds--government, business and industry and third sector as well as academia. The conference sessions sparked many interesting conversations and connected individuals with similar goals. Recordings of all of the presentations have been posted on YouTube to further extend the reach of this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://decarbon8.org.uk/decarbon8-conference/
 
Description Shared Mobility webinars with CoMoUK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Series of 3 online workshops facilitating research and information sharing between government bodies, academia and business and industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Stakeholder Reference Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The Stakeholder Reference Group is a made up of seven individuals from government, third sector and academia working with members of DecarboN8 to develop a toolkit for analysing the societal readiness of research projects and interventions. This group has had a significant impact on the development of our funding process and has forged a valuable partnership with the Regional Youth Climate Assembly which will be involved in several aspects of our work over the next 6-9 months.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Symposium on Transport Decarbonisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Online symposium during which researchers from five UKRI funded transport decarbonisation networks shared research and information with policy makers from Department for Transport and other industry stakeholders. Participants reported that they benefitted from learning about the research and also from the networking opportunity which helped to bridge the gap between government and academia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://cutcarbon.org.uk/symposium-press-releas/
 
Description The impacts of Covid19 road-space reallocation measures in the north of England. 19th Transportation Practitioners Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seedcorn PIs Parkes S, Weston R, Lawler M and Gore T gave a presentation on The impacts of Covid19 road-space reallocation measures in the north of England given to an audience of transport professionals at the19th Transportation Practitioners Meeting (online)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Theme 1 Workshop: Decarbonising Transport - Connecting Carbon Targets to Action 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In person workshop on carbon targets with 31 participants from academia, industry, third sector and local, regional and national government.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Transport Decarbonisation Making 2022 Count 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ran and online workshop attended by 70 people working within the transport decarbonisation space including government, industry, third sector and academics. It offered an opportunity for representatives from Department for Transport to hear from stakeholders who are working to put policies into action on the ground and for planners from different local authorities to compare ideas and learn from each other.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Twitter account 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our Twitter account currently has 857 followers and recieves around 2K profile visits per month
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://twitter.com/N8Decarbo
 
Description University of Hertfordshire Sustainable Transport for Counties roundtables 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Richard Walker participated on an expert panel for a series of four online rountable events
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description WEET Keynote Seminar: Transport decarbonisation in the UK - low-carbon fuels, infrastructure, sector-specific targets and next steps for policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Greg Marsden was a keynote speaker at the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum policy conference: Next steps for transport decarbonisation in the UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/speakers_link/Transport-Decarb-21
 
Description What Has The Environment Ever Done For Us? Transport 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Greg Marsden spoke on a panel for a Cratus Communications webinar entitled 'What Has The Environment Ever Done For Us? Transport'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://youtu.be/Vp9-24KKCWQ
 
Description Which? Investigates Does working from home help the planet? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Kadambari Lokesh was interviewed for an episode of the Which? Investigates podcast entitled 'Does working from home help the planet'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://play.acast.com/s/701b377b-a1e7-4771-aae9-d763a275e844/7a45ab00-d651-408b-942d-b42089b9765c
 
Description e-Tea with Reason: Green Mobility 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Kadambari Lokesh and Richard Walker participated as panellists for an online event about transport decarbonisation hosted by the British Embassy Ljubljana. We do not have attendance numbers for the event but the recording has been viewed more than 300 times on YouTube.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://youtu.be/JFQCxSU_VnE
 
Description participation in panel at Transport for the North Annual Conference 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact participation in panel on decarbonisation at Transport for the North Annual Conference 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description podcast interview 12 Days of COP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Richard Walker (on secondment with DecarboN8) was interviewed about Transport Day at COP26 for a podcast series, 12 Days of COP COPcast podcast with Peg Alexander
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.pegalexander.com/podcast/episode/49f69903/day-11-transport-communities-in-control
 
Description presentation at ESRC Festival of Social Science 2020 Event - A Healthy & Active Sheffield: What role for active travel? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact presentation at ESRC Festival of Social Science 2020 Event - A Healthy & Active Sheffield: What role for active travel?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description presentation at International E-conference on Pandemics and Transport Policy (ICPT2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact presentation at International E-conference on Pandemics and Transport Policy (ICPT2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description presentation at Transport for the North Northern Evidence Academic Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact presentation at Transport for the North Northern Evidence Academic Forum
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description presentation to Department for Transport Scientific Advisory Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation to Department for Transport Scientific Advisory Council on 'Capital carbon of transportation infrastructure'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020