Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Freight and Logistics

Towards more sustainable freight and logistics strategies 

Finding the right balance between operating costs, service quality and sustainability is as crucial in freight transport as it is for personal travel. We have a well-established track record with particular emphasis on freight modelling and the transfer of freight to ‘greener’ modes of transport.

Leading a consortium of 6 UK universities in Green Logistics, a £2.1 million project funded by the EPSRC we investigated the potential of ‘greener’ modes – particularly rail and water, and Dr Tony Fowkes extended and updated the ‘LEFT’ freight model. We also partner in TRANSTOOLS3, an EU FP7 project for the enhancement of freight modelling capabilities and in SUSTRAIL, where Phill Wheat and Dr John Nellthorp are appraising the engineering-led enhancements to rail freight wagons.

We have also been active in urban freight research, most recently on the TURBLOG project, with contributions from Dr Paul Timms and Professor Derek Quinn on the transferability of urban freight best practice. Research students have been investigating how to develop more effective channels of communication between urban planners and logistics operators. Research student Chris Kelsey is working on logistics industry responses to future fuel prices, and Munajat Tri Nugroho is engaged in choice modelling in the context of encouraging more sustainable ports in Indonesia. 

Recent research outputs:

McKinnon, A.C., Browne, M., and Whiteing, A.E. (eds.) (2012) Green Logistics (2nd edition), London, Kogan Page. ISBN 978 0 7494 6625 1.

TURBLOG (2010) Transferability of urban logistics concepts and practices from a worldwide perspective. Deliverable 1: “A worldwide overview on urban logistic interventions and data collection techniques”.

For further information, please contact: Dr Tony Whiteing