Innovation in road transport: what’s the payback?
Innovation costs. But can it really save money? That’s what transport professionals need to know when considering improvements to their fleet’s operation or vehicle specifications. Now the new SRF Optimiser portal can supply the answers, using the latest research on low carbon technologies.
The SRF Optimiser
The SRF Optimiser is a web based decision support tool developed by the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight and Value Chain Lab. It evaluates the alternatives that a truck operator can implement to save fuel, reduce GHG (Green House Gas) emissions and minimise energy consumption with the associated cost savings. By analysing the economic investment and likely payback period of each carbon reducing measure, the fleet manager can prioritise a wide range of energy saving options.
It’s easy to use and it’s FREE….
The SRF Optimiser uses operators own fleet data to calculate carbon emissions based on the latest DEFRA carbon emission factors. Numerous factors which influence fuel economy can be analysed such as aerodynamic devices, driver behaviour and various fuel types including diesel, bio-diesel and CNG/LNG. It can also be used to generate necessary inputs for the ESOS fleet emission reporting.
“This is an important carbon saving tool available to any organisation, business or company involved in road freight” said associate professor Dr Phil Greening from Heriot-Watt University. “It can calculate real cost, carbon and energy savings for many types of road freight operation, enabling a fleet manager to carry out ‘what-if’ studies free-of-charge. And it could avoid uneconomic investment in new equipment.”
The SRF Optimiser User guide can be downloaded at www.csrf.ac.uk/wp-content/
The free to use SRF Optimiser can be found at the login page http://www.csrf.ac.uk/srf-
About The Centre For Sustainable Road Freight
Its purpose is to research engineering and organizational solutions to make road freight economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. The centre has a £5.8 million funding for the first 5 years.
The only way to achieve very deep reductions in CO2 emissions from the road freight sector is to combine highly-focussed vehicle engineering with systematic improvements to freight distribution systems: optimizing vehicles in parallel with logistical tasks. This is the focus of the Centre. We are delighted to be collaborating with the UK’s foremost freight logistics research centre at Heriot-Watt University and with a set of truly excellent industrial partners.
A vital feature of the Centre is its close links with the freight industry. Of the initial funding, £4.4 million will come from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and £1.4 million from a new industrial consortium. The consortium includes key freight operators such as John Lewis, Tesco, DHL and Wincanton, along with vehicle industry partners, including Volvo, Goodyear, Firestone among others, who will help set the research agenda and spearhead the adoption of the results by the road freight industry. These companies will help to set the research agenda and set the pace in the adoption of results.
The research team brings together road freight vehicle engineering expertise from the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, and logistics expertise from Heriot-Watt University’s Logistics Research Centre: to explore ways to make road freight economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
The overall aims of the Centre are to:
- research the sustainability of road freight transport: from tactical to strategic, fundamental to applied, micro and macro-level perspectives;
- develop innovative technical and operational solutions to road freight transport challenges;
- develop tactics and strategies to meet Government emissions reduction targets for the road freight sector, mapping out ways to provide an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions due to road freight transport by 2050