A multidisciplinary research project focusing on decarbonising 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 forty academic and industry partners funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The network is exploring the questions that need to be answered in order to enable the decarbonisation of energy/propulsion across the road, rail, sea and air freight modes.

Small Research Project funding call: Successful applications

Decarbonising UK Freight Transport (DUKFT) is pleased to announce the funding of two projects following the second round of our Small Research Project funding call. All the applications we received were of a very high standard, and these two projects have been determined to be best able to answer the research questions set by the…

Small research project funding call – Deadline extended

Due to popular demand the deadline for applications for our second round of small research project funding has been extended to 16.00 on Friday 14 May 2021.   If you have any questions about the call please contact us at

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