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Stakeholder workshops to define pathway to low carbon freight transport

Wed 27 March 2019 | Back to news list

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and Energy Systems Catapult (ES-Cat) are inviting stakeholders to either of two workshops to help generate ideas to help define a cost-effective pathway to decarbonise road freight. The events will be taking place in Birmingham (April 8) and London (April 10). 

The workshops aim to help find out how we can develop a more robust understanding of the influence that the propulsion systems of our heavy-duty vehicles will have on the whole energy system. The research aims to provide additional granularity in terms of both the future propulsion systems that we can expect to see in our road freight vehicles and of the energy systems capability of the ESME model.

The overall ambition is that the work will influence future research on different mixes of energy solutions that could be used for the propulsion of these technologies which will be vital to support the integration of future transport and energy systems.

As well as looking at the broader mix for freight in general, modelling will consider developments in the rail, maritime and aviation sectors where appropriate. This will allow future research to understand more about the impact that our transport (heavy-duty) vehicles will have on the total energy system and potentially influence where the investment priorities should lie to ensure that deliver on our current CO2 targets.

The APC and ES-Cat hope that these events will bring new sets of stakeholders (including non-automotive) together to generate ideas, with discussions informed by insights by the ES Cat’s ESME model, and a literature survey. From these varied sources – model, analysis, and discussions – the collaboration will explore decarbonisation pathways and the appetite among stakeholders to undertake actions to promote them. Topics considered will include R&D, technology challenges, legislation, investment (volume and direction), and initiatives from firms, government, and other sectors; the aim being to bottom-out the major elements in a collaborative way. 

There will be two workshops. Please click on the one you would like to attend:

The APC and the ES-Cat have jointly received funding for this purpose from the UK Energy Research Council through its Whole Network Funding programme.

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