Research for a sustainable future

The research of Area of Advance Transport has a strong focus on sustainability. Below are some examples of how our research is relevant for UN’s goals for sustainable development.

SDG 7 - Affordable and clean energy

  • Platooning to save fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions through the reduction of the wake area between the participating vehicles.

SDG 9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure

  • Redefining urban development strategies for effective and efficient future mobility solutions.
  • Investigating the role of new technology for making goods transport more efficient.

SDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communities 
  • Design of integrated security and communications systems for connected vehicles, enabling more efficient communications networks and the possibility for vehicles to be used as moving multi-sensor systems to collect information for smart cities functionalities.
  • Development of a high performance electric drive for marine applications, leading to the reduction of harmful air pollution and improved harbour and marine environments.
  • Virtual multimodal infrastructure for smart cities, providing more reliable and responsive transportation services, and thus improving the lives of urban dwellers.
  • Development of an electrical ferry, contributing to reduced pollution in cities.
  • A common framework of concepts and methods to investigate how sustainable modes of individual, non-motorized and collective motorized mobility have come into conflict with modern car-dominated urban city planning and traffic engineering.
  • Enabling cities/municipalities to evaluate the different scenarios of a mixed vehicular traffic and their impact on traffic safety and efficiency.
  • Researching the transition to sustainable business practices for retailing and transport as well as to sustainable consumer behaviour.

SDG 13 - Climate action

  • Improved effective capacity and increased lifetime of lithium ion batteries to reduce the cost and improve the performance of electric vehicles.
  • Development of an autonomous operation platform for the planning of a ship's sailing course and schedule in the safest and most environment-friendly way.
  • Identification of the potential for increased energy efficiency related to dry ports.

SDG 14 - Life below water

  • Study on societal and scientific need for a testbed related to hydrographic surveying.

Published: Tue 28 Nov 2017. Modified: Wed 24 Jan 2018