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Sustainability Resource Guide: Partnerships

Information about sustainability resources, events and activities at Newcastle University: a collaborative guide from NIReS and the University Library

Information about projects

Smartfusion is a public-private partnership (PPP) which will build upon the existing urban freight development strategies of three demonstration city-regions: Newcastle, Berlin and the Lombardy region. It will demonstrate smart urban freight solutions in urban-interurban supply chains.

Leading Ideas 

  • To introduce the concept of the European Green Car Initiative in last mile operations;

  • To introduce innovative technology developments in the fields of urban freight planning, vehicles and urban-interurban transshipment;

  • To develop comprehensive and transferable impact assessment models for smart urban freight solutions.

The Smartfusion project is funded by the European Commission and is co-ordinated and managed by Newrail.

Information from: Smartfusion (2014), Available at:

Newrail and Newcastle University Partnership documents 

Smartset web link 

Smartset update 1

Smartset update 2

Smartset project leaflet download 

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University Partnerships

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 

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.

Questions were concerning the issues of: 

  • The definition of 'clean’ vehicles

  • The setting up of a university dedicated consolidation centre and what will happen after its trial period

  • How we will make the proposed  interventions work as a business model

Future Networking opportunities 

To understand the problems and issues relating to freight  movement in the region, the TWFQP seeks to provide a mechanism through which they can be addressed. The group, many expressed their eagerness for ongoing information and are keen to have feedback from the case studies. For further information about The Tyne and Wear Freight Quality Partnership (FQP) can be found at: 

Information from: Smartfusion (2014), Available at


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:

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