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Accelerating Investment for Decarbonising UK Freight Transport: Synthesis report

Rehmatulla, Nishatabbas; Taylor, Joe; (2023) Accelerating Investment for Decarbonising UK Freight Transport: Synthesis report. Decarbonising UK Freight Transport: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The decarbonisation of UK freight transport represents both opportunity and risk to UK stakeholders. Shipping, road freight, air freight and rail transport make up approximately 7% of UK’s CO2 emissions. The report focuses on shipping and road freight (particularly HGV’s) which have some of the largest shares of UK freight activity and GHG emissions. Operating over three years, the UKRI funded ‘Decarbonising UK Freight Transport’ (DUKFT) project has undertaken six research projects and two stakeholder events on how to accelerate investment that can enable UK freight decarbonisation whilst managing risk and maximising opportunity. Three inter-related key findings from the project are: • UK freight decarbonisation pathways can be most efficiently informed by a whole freight system, whole UK analysis capability. This needs to couple detail on both infrastructure1 and vehicle/vessel fleets with operational and technology specifics, resolved at granular space and time detail. Agent Based Modelling was evidenced to provide a viable and valuable platform for this objective. • Co-creation processes are key for future research on UK freight decarbonisation, not only to maximise the relevance and quality of research, but also for the co-benefits of creating and enabling shared visions within stakeholder communities, framing of the challenge ahead and helping to enable a dialogue between industry and government stakeholders. • Ports are key nodes in the UK freight sector’s decarbonisation. They are both interfaces between the modes (road, rail and shipping), but also represent locations where infrastructure and decarbonisation solution synergies are most likely exploited. They are also likely to be hubs for wider offtake of electrification and RFNBOs2 , for example for decarbonising co-located industry. Port’s role in the UK’s transition needs to be considered broadly to help reframe them as centres for green opportunity.

Type: Report
Title: Accelerating Investment for Decarbonising UK Freight Transport: Synthesis report
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://decarbonisingfreight.co.uk/dukft-final-rep...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10184094
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