The future of Freight

This webinar provides an insight on topics and challenges for the freight sector, with two main focus points: policy and technologies. The presentations are as follows:

Session 1Technology and trends
This session addresses the current technological developments and knowledge needs in freight transport, with a short statement from each panelist followed by a discussion.


Prof. Frances Sprei, Chalmers Univeristy of Technology, Sweden
Dr. Andreas Netsträtter, Fraunhofer IML, Germany (H2020 BOOSTLOG project)

Session 2Policy, drivers and barriers
This session addresses the current policy developments and knowledge needs, as well as the drivers and barriers for change in freight transport. A short statement from each panelist will be followed by a broader discussion.

Dr. Jonathan Köhler, Fraunhofer ISI, Germany
Dr. Zeljko Jeftic, ERTICO-ITS, Belgium
Simon Suzan, Transport & Environment Society, Belgium

Tools and methodologies supporting future freight and logistics scenarios and policies assessment

The main objective of the webinar is to collect feedback from stakeholders regarding the development of EU policies assessment tool looking at the implication of novel enabling technologies in logistics. In addition, two other use cases will be presented: a methodology to estimate the needs in EU for heavy-duty long haul trucks charging network development and the implications of zero-emission city logistics in various urban areas, including insights from Helsinki, Finland and Prague, Czech Republic.

Session 1EU logistics policies assessment tool and use case

Jonathan Köhler, Fraunhofer ISI, Germany

We will present ideas for new digitalised logistics systems in the future. These may include logistics control towers, blockchain applications, synchromodality. What are the critical dimensions of these systems and what will their effect be on GHG emissions? We will discuss how EU policy can promote competitive, green logistics and contribute to the objectives of the EU Green deal and the ‘Fit for 55’ program.
Session 2Battery Electric Long-Haul Trucks in Europe: Public Charging, Energy, and Power Requirements

Wasim Shoman, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

In this study case, we use a trip-chain-based model to derive charging requirements for BETs in long-haul operation for Europe in 2030: We estimate that about 40,000 overnight charging points (50-100 kW, combined charging system, CCS) and about 9,000 megawatt charging system (MCS, 0.7- 1.2 MW) points are required to support a BET share of long-haul operations at 15%. We will present more details for our methodology and insights into our results during the webinar.  
Session 3Innovative zero-emission logistics, insights from Finland and Czech Republic

Tomas Horak, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czechia

We will show the results of our last-mile delivery modelling effort within the area of Prague 6 and Laajasalo. The aim is to include in the modeling some of the emerging logistics technologies. Several scenarios were tested, starting from the scenario based on synthetic data. We hope that the simulation and the TCO calculation based on it can offer a valuable insight into the decarbonization of last mile delivery in urban environment.