ZERO LOGISTICS FRAMEWORK
The transportation sector is the third largest consumer of energy and the largest consumer of petroleum products and as a consequence, one of the greatest contributors to air pollution worldwide. To alleviate this problem the research project analyzes traffic and provide solutions to reduce its environmental impact. This will be achieved by determining measures related to vehicular emissions as they provide insights into the scope of the problem.
To overcome the obstacle of the costly acquisition of these data in terms of time and effort, we use controllable test environments that include relevant information pertaining to the use case to be studied. To this end, we implement a traffic simulation framework with connected capabilities for the representation of complex, realistic traffic situations.
KurzbeschreibungThe project "Zero Emission Roll-Out - Cold Chain Distribution" evaluates and demonstrates a real-world application of the concept of Zero Emission Logistics System using connected and automated technologies as well as cooperative approaches and different kind of vehicles including electric vans. By relying on cooperative approaches between different logistics companies, such as sharing and pooling resources for bundling deliveries in the same zone, an increased environmental benefit can be attained. To quantify this benefit within the project we compare for example the CO2 emissions, fuel consumption and total delivery time resulting from deliveries performed by one cargo truck with two trailers versus by two single-trailer cargo trucks under real conditions in a simulation scenario in the city of Linz in Austria. Results showed a fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduction of 28% and 34% respectively in the scenario in which resources were bundled in one single truck.
The main outcome of the project will be the scientific simulation framework and experimental analysis results regarding energy efficiency and fuel consumption.
For example fuel consumption and CO2 emissions comparative quantitative data will show the benefits that result from cooperative approaches as strategy to use fewer delivery vehicles.
Additionally, a timely delivery resulting from additional stops could be ensured through accurate time planning and management. Until now, getting deliveries faster has been prioritized. However, ignoring the consequences of transport regarding pollution is not an option and every possible solution should be investigated. Therefore, the implementation of shared concepts, where store deliveries are consolidated and delivered by fewer vehicles would be a very good step forward in reducing emissions.
Since socio-economic targets are also taken into account in the overall framework of the main "Zero Emission Roll-Out - Cold Chain Distribution" project, data regarding the traffic demand in terms of social groups / inhabitants / economic activities will also be considered.
i-log Logistics Solutions GmbH and : Work Package 1(Project Management.)
Johannes Kepler University Linz: Work Package 2 (Zero Emission Logistics Framework
Energie Ingenieure Consulting GmbH: Work Package 3 (Use Case Analysis)