GIRO-ZERO secures new funding to drive transition to Net Zero
29 June 2023
New funding will allow the GIRO-ZERO project to expand its reach and impact, bringing Colombia's road freight industry one step closer to a more sustainable future.
GIRO-ZERO involves experts from Cardiff University and Universidad de Los facilitating the adoption of low and zero-carbon vehicle technologies aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of Colombia's road freight transport sector.
Using expertise in logistics, transportation, management science, data analytics, and economics, the team will assess the viability of alternative and cleaner technologies including mainly electric vehicles, and hydrogen. Researchers will also focus on enhancing the planning and execution of trips run by trucking companies in Colombia through the use of dynamic planning tools.
The follow-up research funding will allow the project to fulfil its ambitious plans which include:
- establishing a centre of excellence which will aim to lead research on sustainable road freight transport across Latin America
- running national and international workshops and training
- conducting pilot studies
- publishing policy, technical, and industry reports
Professor Emrah Demir, Principal Investigator of the project at Cardiff University and Professor of Operational Research, said:
Professor Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues, Principal Expert of GIRO-ZERO, highlighted:
Dr Wessam Abouarghoub, a Principal Expert of GIRO-ZERO and leading the GIRO-ZERO toolbox, said:
Professor Gordon Wilmsmeier, Project Leader and Principal Expert from Universidad de Los Andes, commented:
“GIRO-ZERO has been able to grow its network and the support and collaboration from the beneficiaries and network partners has been exceptional. The roadmap in combination with the GIRO-ZERO tools has been well received. The possibility to be able to make decisions with greater information provides an opportunity to shape the future of the road freight sector in Colombia. In the next phase of the project, we will work towards showing the effectiveness and benefits in jointly working towards reaching the set emissions reduction targets.”
Researchers involved in the GIRO-ZERO project include: Professor Emrah Demir, Professor Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues, and Dr Wessam Abouarghoub from Cardiff University, and Professor Gordon Wilmsmeier, Professor Juan Pablo Bocarejo Suescun, and Dr Carlos Eduardo Hernández Castillo from Universidad de Andes.