The Institute for Sustainability at Newcastle University has a number of internal networks and research groups focusing on sustainability within their fields of expertise. Projects and research will be highlighted here.
Smart Urban Freight Conference 2015
The Smartfusion project is in association with the European Commission to fund collaborative projects with three city regions; the city of Berlin demonstrating integrated technology solutions, Como in Italy showcased remote monitoring system for fully electric vehicles, and Newcastle Upon Tyne experimenting on collaborative approaches for urban and interurban shipments, using electric trucks.
The results of the Smartfusion project were unveiled to an expert audience of city and regional authorities, logistics operators, fleet managers, industry representatives and academics. The project showcased novel transport innovations to effectively improve the efficiency, as well as the social and environmental sustainability, of urban freight in last mile operations and related urban and inter-urban shipment processes.
Information from: Smartfusion (2014), Available at http://www.smartfusion.eu/conference-2015
For more information, please refer to the link above!
SMARTFUSION collaboration with Tyne and Wear Freight quality partnerships (TWFQP)
NewRail presented the SMARTFUSION concept during the quarterly meeting of The Tyne and Wear Freight Quality Partnership (FQP), on the 11 March 2014. The meeting involved City Councils; the Tyne & Wear Local Transport Planning Team; transport operators; the Freight Transport Association; Road Haulage Association; and a variety of shippers and receivers of goods, across several industries. More than 30 people attended, representing more than 20 different organisations.
Newcastle University was being used as the case study/ demonstrator of the use of clean vehicle technology in the urban environment. The presentation went on to describe plans for urban freight consolidation and the better use of freight terminals.
The Northern transport strategy spring 2016 report was launched by Transport for the North and the Department for Transport on 7 March 2014. In light of the transformative strategies and plans launched in the report, the North East Freight held their June partnership meeting on the 8th June 2016, to discuss the plans for transformative projects, such as the Northern powerhouse rail and smart North - a system to help passengers switch easily between buses, trains and trams across the region while ensuring value for money. This includes the Northern TransPennine route study.
Information from The North Freight Partnership (2016), Available at: http://www.northeastfreightpartnership.info/index.aspx