Decarbonising Transport – A Holistic Approach

Transport solutions and the impact on the environment and human health

Life cycle analysis

Full life cycle analysis of new transport solutions, from sourcing materials to fuels and how transport vehicles are reused and recycled is a prominent focus at present and will drive how future transport systems will be engineered. An important component of the analysis is the impact on people’s health as well as the environment.

Initiatives to reduce environmental impact

This week’s LCA series of webinars from the Advanced Propulsion Centre provided great insights into how transport and the sourcing of materials, fuels etc. need to evolve and the relative impacts they have. This relates closely to local initiatives to reduce environmental impacts such as the Interim Position Statement published by Doncaster’s Commission on the Climate and Biodiversity Emergency. The statement highlights issues around the pollution created by road vehicles and the desire to increase the number of electric vehicles. European wide initiatives such as the European Human Exposome Network, of which Beta is a partner through the LongITools project, are looking at the impacts on health from a variety of environmental exposures.

New technologies

The need and the opportunity is to now bring these actions and objectives together to rapidly introduce new technologies that can be deployed in an economically viable way. We are working with partners such as Cenex to see how Doncaster can become a strategic proving ground for some of these technologies, and fuel sources such as hydrogen, matching the opportunity with industry partners and government strategy.

See the recordings and presentations from APC’s LCA Week here.