Towards more sustainable freight

Research theme within the Centre for Transport and Society (CTS).

Freight transport represents a key driver for the economic prosperity of a region or a city. However, it is responsible for one third of the UK transport carbon emissions, with road freight (e.g. trucks and vans) being the main contributor. 

The increasingly significant role that e-commerce and home deliveries had in the last ten years has had great economic advantages for companies. However, an inefficient management of urban freight flows might generate increased road congestion, poorer air quality in urban areas, visual intrusion, increased accidents, and a general negative impact on urban accessibility of people as well as goods.

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