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LC Transform

LC TRANSFORMS (Low Carbon Transitions of Fleet Operations in Metropolitan Sites)

LC TRANSFORMS is a UK-China consortium of three world-leading research institutions.

Project leader: Professor Phil Blythe
Sponsors: EPSRC (UK), NSFC (China)
Partners: Imperial College London (UK), Southeast University (China)
Start/end dates: 2015-2018
Contact: Professor Phil Blythe

Project details

LC TRANSFORMS is a UK-China consortium of three world-leading research institutions with track record in intelligent transport monitoring and system management, urban transport planning, traffic emissions, travel behaviour and electric mobility and are excellently placed to address the challenges of transitioning urban fleets towards lower carbon and eventually zero carbon operations.

The  institutions have a track record in:

  • intelligent transport monitoring and system management
  • urban transport planning
  • traffic emissions
  • travel behaviour and electric mobility

We are well placed to address the challenges of transitioning urban fleets towards lower carbon and eventually zero carbon operations. The project is co-funded by EPSRC (UK) and NSFC (China).

LC TRANSFORMS utilises and shares between the research partners the wealth of data and knowledge already gathered in previous and on-going projects as a foundation on operation, use, carbon reduction potential and best business practice for low carbon fleets.

The overall aim is to provide an integrated planning and deployment strategy for multi-purpose low carbon fleets and its enabling infrastructure in UK and Chinese cities, which is supported by the following objectives:

  • to identify the sources of risk and uncertainty affecting transitions to low carbon fleet operations for the multiple stakeholders involved and investigate robust and stochastic optimisation techniques to address the challenges of fleet decarbonisation planning. Addressing Challenges 1+3; Work packages (WP) 1,2+3
  • to develop improved activity-based demand models, that integrate demand for goods and travel, enabling the joint analysis of fleet and good services. (Challenge 1, WP 3)
  • to create an integrated strategic planning and operational management evaluation framework to assess, environmental, level of service and economic performance of fleet services from a multi-stakeholder perspective. (Challenge 2, WP 1+3)
  • to develop short term demand modelling tools for urban mobility services and urban freights, enabling the quantification short term demand flexibility. (Challenge 2+3, WP 1+2)
  • to demonstrate business models emerging from the electrification of fleet services as well as the exploitation of demand flexibility, making use of in depth case study analysis of specific fleet services. (Challenge 2+3, WP 1+3)
  • to understand the role of intelligent infrastructure in the improvement of the operational performances (including the environmental performances) of fleet operations. (Challenge 3, WP 3+4)
  • to provide roadmaps for UK and Chinese metropolitan areas for gradually up-scaling low carbon fleet operations so that these can significantly contribute to achieve the respective local CO2 reduction targets. (Challenge 4; WP 5)

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