CENTS is a research network, bringing together skills and experience from academia and industry to address the growing need to reduce the environmental burden of transportation systems across their lifecycle. Whilst increasing the energy efficiency of these systems has already attracted a lot of attention, more effort must now be placed into their resource efficiency. This is particularly important as building trains, cars, ships and aircraft consume high amounts of resources and they have negative environmental impacts during their production, use and at the end of their working lives.
The CENTS network will address this challenge through research projects and knowledge transfer. Integrating Circular Economy principles is at the core of this approach and the network will stimulate thinking around future designs, business models and manufacturing processes. It will fund high risk, multidisciplinary, excellent research focusing initially on five research strands:
- Material stocks and flows in transportation;
- Whole life design;
- Circular Economy decisions;
- Circular Economy transitions;
- Digital circularity.