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Improving energy efficiency in the road freight transport sector: the application of a vehicle approach

Leonardi, Jacques and Rizet, Christophe and Browne, Michael and Allen, Julian and Pérez-Martínez, Pedro J. and Worth, Roger W. (2008) Improving energy efficiency in the road freight transport sector: the application of a vehicle approach. In: Lyons, Andrew C., (ed.) Proceedings of the Logistics Research Network Annual Conference 2008 University of Liverpool, UK, 10th-12th September 2008. Liverpool University Press, pp. 133-138. ISBN 9781904564003

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Several approaches can be used to analyse performance, energy consumption and CO2 emissions in freight transport. In this paper we define and apply a vehicle-oriented, bottom up survey approach, the so called ‘vehicle approach’, in contrast to a ‘supply chain approach’. The main objective of the approach is to assess the impacts of various freight transport operations on efficiency and energy use. We apply the approach, comparing official statistics on freight transport and energy efficiency in Britain and France. Results on freight intensity, vehicle utilisation, fuel use, fuel efficiency and CO2 intensity are compared for the two countries. The results indicate comparable levels of operational and fuel efficiency in road freight transport operations in the two countries. Issues that can be addressed with the vehicle approach include: the impacts of technology innovations and logistics decisions implemented in freight companies, and the quantification of the effect of policy measures on fuel use at the national level.

Item Type:Book Section
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:6220
Deposited On:24 Mar 2009 15:06
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