Graham Parkhurst, University of the West of England
Decarbonisation is not a one-off activity; it is a permanent change to the mindset, behaviours and actions of future stakeholders. Joined-up thinking, learning, innovation and adaptive practice are essential for decarbonising the future successfully. This project will co-produce a route-map to this mindset, behaviour and practice shift amongst UK freight stakeholders.Backed by infrastructure investors, operators and end-users, this collaborative, transdisciplinary project aims to co-produce a learning and practice framework for decarbonising with freight stakeholders (e.g. freight/logistics operators, receivers, citizens, policymakers). The framework will be co-created and tested through high-impact stakeholder workshops. The methods and tools will enable users to evaluate the viability of implementing novel technologies and decarbonised energy sources, producing a thirty-year route-map to 2050. The approach will identify decarbonisation alternatives, opportunities, drivers, barriers to implementation, and associated decision-making variables (e.g. choices between technologies, fuels, economies of scale). It will systematically study challenges, trade-offs and synergies necessary to create and accelerate a coherent transition pathway to zero-carbon freight, vital to overall UK decarbonisation. South West England will provide a testbed for developing the framework, method and tools. These will be validated and shared as a prototype supporting other regions in designing an integrated strategy for decarbonising UK freight.