New project to identify strategies to reduce emissions from Irish heavy-duty vehicles (HDV) fleet
A year-long project, ECO-HDV, funded by EPA-Ireland and co-funded by (Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport) DTTAS aims at evaluating the impacts of adaptation of eco-driving programs in the Irish HDV fleet, including the freight sector.
Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor, Dr. Bidisha Ghosh at the School of Engineering, said: “We need to identify typical fright traffic movements within the country and identify the most suitable strategies, which can help us to meet the climate targets.”
Project partner, Mr Paul Jackman from the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) said: “Reduction in empty running, night time delivers, tag reads for trucks at toll booths, adjustment in ferry timetables are some of the measures, which needs to be incorporated to reduce emissions from HDVs.” He called these measures as low hanging fruits.
The aims and objectives of this project are linked with and relevant to EPA Ireland, Irish energy sector, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and Irish transport sector. The project will focus on identifying the best practices, analysing the immediate and long-term impacts of adaptation of eco-driving programs and developing simulation models to estimate the future policy implications.