Category «Research»

ICCT: cost-effectiveness of CO2 reduction strategies for heavy trucks

A new paper by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) assesses the cost-effectiveness of different CO2 reduction strategies for the heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) sector. It examines the required HDV technology market share to meet mandated CO2 reduction targets and the corresponding decarbonization cost. The report also proposes HDV CO2 reduction targets up to 2040. The …

Research: towards a smart urban e-waste system

Efficient electronic waste (e-waste) management is one of the strategies to save materials, critical minerals, and precious metals with limited global reserves. The e-waste collection issue has gained attention in recent years due to low collection rates of e-waste. Shevchenko et al. (2021) aim to search for solutions in the e-waste collection sphere with close-to-zero transport and …

Research: identifying barriers and enablers for circular economy business models

Circular economy business models (CEBMs) are identified as essential levers in the transition to a circular economy (CE). In recent years, a growing body of research has examined the barriers and enablers to these models; however, the available empirical evidence still needs to be improved while sector-specific assessments are lacking. A recent study aims to enrich the …

Industrial symbiosis is essential to the circular transition

The European Commission aims for a full circular economy (CE), which will reuse all resources in 2050. Implementing circular urban supply chains is a major economic transformation that can only work if significant coordination problems between the actors involved are solved. This requires, on the one hand, the implementation of efficient urban collection technologies, where process …

A GPS-based approach to measure the environmental impact of construction-related traffic

Mobilise developed a methodological approach to derive construction-related truck kilometers on city level based on algorithmic and geospatial analyses of GPS data. Results show that large urban construction sites account for 26.4% of total HGV traffic in Brussels. Methodologies used so far make abstraction of traveled vehicle-kilometers (vkm), hence inadequately determining the true environmental impact …

Research: dynamic vehicle routing with random request

Stimulated by the growing demand for logistics services and the advances in information technologies, research interest in the dynamic vehicle routing problem with random requests (DVRPRR) increased over recent decades. The DVRPRR differs from classical vehicle routing in that the customer requests are not fully known in advance but arrive dynamically during the execution of …

Research: Barriers to business model innovation in city logistics in Sweden

Business model innovation (BMI) is an essential but challenging process potentially hampered by obstruction and confusion. Despite its significance, BMI is an underexplored topic in research on urban freight transport. A new paper reviews the existing literature and reinterprets five cases of attempted BMI in the Swedish urban freight transport sector by studying two examples …

Autonomous e-commerce delivery in France

Automation represents the next big buzz in transport and promises many benefits for society, including more efficient use of space, energy, and time and reduced costs. Accordingly, an impressive range of autonomous vehicles has been introduced, covering personal and goods transport applications. In particular, in response to the global pandemic linked to COVID-19, autonomous vehicles …