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The project will accelerate vehicle renewal and technologies to reduce the miles run, fuel consumed, and CO2e emitted by vehicles operating within the Colombian road freight transport sector.

Drawing on the team’s expertise in logistics, transportation, management science and economics, the project will assess the viability of adopting alternative technologies, such as low carbon vehicle technologies like electric vehicles, hydrogen and biofuels, and dynamic planning tools that enhance the planning and execution of trips run by trucking companies in Colombia.

The project will propose strategies that can augment the adoption of sustainable practices and transfer existing and new knowledge to the road freight transport sector by making tools for monitoring and enhancing the green credentials of truck fleets in Colombia.

Quantitative analysis, analytical modelling and knowledge exchange between project partners and its key stakeholders will seek to build capacity, too.


The researchers involved in GIRO-ZERO include:

  • Cardiff University
    • Dr Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues (Cardiff University Lead and Principal Expert)
    • Dr Emrah Demir (Principal Expert)
    • Dr Wessam Abouarghoub (Principal Expert)
    • Professor Anthony Beresford (Principal Expert)
  • UniAndes
    • Dr Carlos Eduardo Hernández Castillo (Project Lead)
    • Professor Gordon Wilmsmeier (Principal Expert)
    • Dr Juan Pablo Bocarejo Suescun (Principal Expert)

The project, which will run from 1 February 2021 to 31 January 2022, was among the 1,406 submissions to the Colombia-UK Pact Programme Panel in August 2020.

The combined effort from both institutions on the GIRO-ZERO proposal meant that the project was one of only fifteen to receive funding.

The project team

Cardiff University Lead and Principal Expert


Professor Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues

Professor in Sustainable Supply Chain Management



The project received funding to the value of £400,000 from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.