The automotive sector is a large and complex industry and working for its trade association means getting involved in a very wide agenda. One of my roles is to sit on the Advisory Group of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight.
The Centre is a collaboration between Cambridge and Heriot-Watt Universities and organisations working in the freight and logistics sectors. Its purpose is to research engineering and organisational solutions to make road freight more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
The Centre is gradually building relationships with other universities around the world, placing the UK at the forefront of improving efficiency and reducing carbon emissions from our industry.
A key output of the centre is new technology, and in particular software to help vehicle operators reduce the carbon emissions of their vehicles. One such example is the SRF Optimiser – a free web-based decision support tool that calculates the GHG emissions, energy consumption and costs associated with a company’s road freight transport operation.