Freight Traffic Control 2050 (FTC 2050)

Transforming the energy demands of last-mile urban freight through collaborative logistics.

Adrian Friday is Co-Investigator on FTC 2050, with Oliver Bates as Researcher. Freight transport accounts for 16% of all road vehicle activity in our cities. Last-mile urban freight contributes to traffic congestion and poor air quality. The cost of congestion in London was estimated to be £5.4bn in 2013, rising to £9bn by 2030. Working directly with Transport for London and innovative carriers (TNT and Gnewt Cargo and through them, DX and Hermes), we will developing new understandings of the overlap of delivery schedules, algorithms and business models to enable carrier co-ordination that reduces energy demand

Partners: University of Southampton, University of Westminster, University College London (UCL), Lancaster University

Grant information on EPSRC website: EP/K011723/1.

Energy Information System (EIS): Supporting Lancaster University’s Living Laboratory

Adrian Friday and Oliver Bates have lead an initiative to make all of Lancaster University’s energy and building data available from over 2000 data sources in order to enable better decision support, research, and teaching around energy. Working closely with the campus’ energy manager (Jan Bastiaans), the primary aim has been upholding Lancaster University’s commitment to an 83% reduction in its carbon emissions by 2050 (compared to 2005).

Faculty funded by Energy Lancaster.

DEMAND: Dynamics of energy, mobility, and demand

Mike Hazas is a Co-Investigator in this center, funded by Research Councils UK. He will oversee the research on Theme 2.1, which studies IT in practice, at home and on the move.

Grant information on EPSRC website: EP/K011723/1.

Encouraging Low Carbon Food Shopping with Ubicomp Interventions

This EPSRC project was led by Adrian Friday (PI), with Mike Hazas and Adrian Clear as Co-Investigator and Researcher Co-Investigator, respectively. Focusing on domestic food consumption, this project will, in collaboration with Booths supermarkets, iteratively design and evaluate interventions for domestic food consumers in order to reduce the environmental impact of food in their lives.

For more information, see the grant information on the EPSRC website: EP/K012738/1.

Sustainable Carbon Counters

Adrian Clear was a named researcher on this 6-month ESRC project that focused on reducing the GhG impact of shopping through smartphone interventions. It involved the development and evaluation of an app that tallied the impact of shopping list items and provided advice on alternative choices to users.

For more information, see the grant information on the ESRC website: ES/J009989/1.

Informing Energy Choices using Ubiquitous Sensing

Adrian Friday is Principal Investigator of this ongoing EPSRC-funded project on which Adrian Clear is a Senior Research Associate. The project brings Computer Science, Economics, Carbon Profiling and Sociology together to explore the feasibility of identifying and informing people of ‘critical moments in their daily activities that have carbon impact‘, so they can individually and collectively make savings. We are working with actual communities using a novel set of technological and cultural probes, involving embedded sensors, smartphone applications, aggregated ‘crowdsourced’ data and ethnographic field work, to deliver a richer understanding of behaviour that leads to lower carbon lifestyles. Our increased understandings of these areas are fed into the design of behaviour interventions, the impact of which are evaluated through quantitative and qualitative studies.

For more information, see the grant information on the EPSRC website (EP/I00033X/1) and the project website.

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