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The overarching aim of this project is to identify opportunities to accelerate emissions reductions from Light Goods Vehicles (LGV), the fastest growing source of road transport emissions and a sector of transport about which current knowledge is very limited.

The objectives are to:

  1. Understand the diverse composition of LGV traffic, sources of recent growth and important structural changes likely to act as forces for potential future trends in LGV energy demand;
  2. Explore the opportunities to reduce the carbon intensity of LGV private and commercial transport demand through policies, organisational and logistical changes and new technologies which act on both the generators of this growth and targeted ways of mitigating their impacts;
  3. Use a case study approach to allow focused investigation of specific: (i) systems of provision (e.g. for food); and (ii) area-based policies (e.g. Low Emission Zones);
  4. Pull together the various insights provided by these approaches in such a way that we can better estimate the potential impacts (UK-wide and area-wide) of a sample of interventions through the application of transport energy and carbon systems modelling, through the use of more informed insights and data inputs into such models about the van sector than has hitherto been possible.

Christian is leading WP4 that addresses objective 4 by modelling the potential impacts UK-wide of the most promising interventions identified in the previous WPs through the application of a whole systems transport, energy and air pollution model, the UK Transport Energy and Air pollution Model (UK TEAM), which is being developed as part of the UKERC III core research programme.

Figure 1. Overview of the work programme

Figure 1. Overview of the work programme


Further Information

For more information on this research project please contact Dr Christian Brand.