Decarbonising UK Freight Transport


Like energy and automotive before it, UK freight transport is now on the cusp of a socio-technical transition away from fossil fuel dependency. This transition will require major investment to fleet and infrastructure, cause disruption to assets and business models, and will trigger significant reconfiguration. Whilst the scaling up of fossil phase-out is most likely to occur from the 2030s onwards, the next 10 years of investments are critical to enabling the transition, and to mitigating transition risks to the “hard to abate” freight sectors, and by association UK trade.

Decarbonising UK Freight Transport is a network of over 40 industry and academic partners funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and hosted by University College London.

The network aims to identify and try to answer some of the big questions that are holding back investment in the decarbonisation freight transport in the UK.

Decarbonising UK Freight Transport is comprised of five teams of researchers who are considering the following themes:

  1. The role of data and models for unlocking implementation decision making (public and private)
  2. Managing uncertainty (macroeconomic, policy and technology) whilst mitigating climate risk in investment decisions
  3. Fuel and propulsion technology pathways: multi-modal; multi-sectoral and UK, EU and Global energy system synergies and differences
  4. Aligning drivers for decarbonisation investment/policy with air pollution, UK, EU and Global climate policy and integrating into private sector decision making
  5. Coupling the evolution of logistics and its infrastructure with decarbonizing freight

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