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Sustainable Transportation

Discover how to decarbonise freight transport and use emission assessment tools to measure environmental performance.

Sustainable Transportation
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study10 hours

Learn how to reduce the environmental impact of freight transportation

This course introduces you to the concept of sustainable freight transportation. You will learn how to decarbonise freight shipments through appropriate selection of transport modes, fuel types and vehicle technologies and will understand how to select optimal vehicle and packaging types to reduce the level of empty running and unnecessary transport movements.

Finally, you will explore and evaluate different emission assessment tools and learn how to perform lifecycle assessments and scenario analyses in order to develop efficient and sustainable freight transport strategies.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1: Sustainable freight transportation

  • Carbon footprint
  • Transport modes
  • Empty-running
  • Backhauling
  • Transport packaging
  • Single use versus reusable packaging
  • Powertrain technologies
  • Transportation management systems
  • Tracking, routing and navigation systems etc

Week 2: Carbon auditing

  • Decarbonisation
  • Alternative fuels
  • Electric vans and biofuels
  • Environmental legislation
  • Fuel quality
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Vehicle emissions control
  • Carbon auditing tools
  • Emission assessment methods
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Scenario analysis etc

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Understand the contribution of freight transportation to the financial, social and environmental performance of a supply chain and identify the main ways to curtail the environmental externalities associated with freight shipments
  • Assess the environmental, social and economic impacts of different freight transport modes and examine how the transition to more energy efficient and less polluting vehicle types can help mitigate them
  • Examine the recent trends in empty-running and identify ways to improve vehicle utilisation by strategically selecting optimal vehicle sizes and utilising available back-load capacities
  • Explore the use of different packaging types for the transport of various cargo forms and investigate the factors that affect the selection of single-use or reusable variants
  • Critically appraise the effectiveness of innovative powertrain technologies and freight transport management systems on the grounds of their financial, social and environmental impact
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of how the decarbonisation of freight transportation can be achieved by using alternative fuels, such as electric energy and biofuels, to power up vehicles
  • Review and analyse current policies and legislation governing fuel quality and vehicle emissions control across a range of geographical contexts
  • Critically select and apply appropriate carbon auditing tools to calculate greenhouse gas emissions from freight transportation and conduct lifecycle and scenario analyses

Who is the course for?

This course will be of particular interest to those working or wishing to work in the freight transport sector, such as transport engineers and planners, service providers, junior and middle business managers, logistics planners, technicians, researchers, etc. It will provide them with the tools and the techniques to design and implement sustainable freight transport systems and minimise their social, economic and environmental impacts.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

A Chartered Transport Engineer specialised in sustainable waste management operations. Holder of a PhD in Green Logistics with 15 years of industrial and academic experience in the UK and abroad

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry