Sustainable Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Conference Programme

    • November 3, 2015
      • 10:30 am - 10:55 amBreak
      • 10:55 am - 11:10 amFrances Cleary – Project Coordinator, Telecommunications Software & Systems GroupPresentation Title: Transport focused research, EU research opportunities to leverage. Presentation Synopsis: TSSG conduct a wide spectrum of industry-informed research in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). Part of their strategy is a focus on upcoming transport research opportunities at EU and national level. Frances will provide an insight into current research activities relating to transport at TSSG for example ICT technologies ensuring safe navigation of roundabouts for vulnerable road users(cyclists) Telemetric Devices in cars/ Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) An insight into EU funding opportunities for both research and industry to leverage.
      • 11:10 am - 11:25 amRonan Hallissey – Senior Environmental and Sustainability Professional, Mott MacDonaldPresentation Title: Sustainability in Design – Leading the way. Presentation Synopsis: Mott MacDonald is a leader in the integration of sustainability into the design and development of major infrastructural projects around the world. In this session we will discuss the importance of embedding sustainability into the design process and we will present examples of where this has been done.
      • 11:25 am - 11:40 amKieran Lettice - Cluster Manager, Energy CorkPresentation Title: Drive4Zero: A successful bottom-up approach to accelerating electric vehicle penetration in Cork. Presentation Synopsis: Drive4Zero is an initiative of a cluster of business organisations and stakeholders in Cork which set out to increase the penetration of electric cars on the regions roads. Energy Cork and Marine Renewable Energy Ireland with the support of Cork City and County Councils, ESB ecars, Qpark, Direct Route (Fermoy) along with four Electric Car Partners (Renault, Nissan, BMW and Mitsubishi) developed a range of incentives to encourage ownership of EVs and to increase their visibility in the region.
      • 11:40 am - 11:55 amColin Darby - CEO, Volt Motorcycles & Micron OpticalPresentation Title: Making electric sexy! Presentation Synopsis: Volt Motorcycles, who we are and what we do (make electric vehicles) How I came to do this The importance of being an outsider to the industry to give a fresh approach (often better!) What other things we are doing as a company to be more responsible to the environment.
      • 11:55 am - 12:10 pmJakub Marecek - Research Staff Member, IBMPresentation Title: Information Provision in Urban Traffic Management. Presentation Synopsis: Within “predict and provide”, governments are hoping to lessen the extent of road congestion by widening existing roads and building new ones. There, the investment costs are driven by the peak demand. An alternative is to modulate the evolution of the demand over time. In power systems, such “demand response management” has received much attention. We study approaches to information provision to urban commuters, which could affect such a modulation. We also study methods for improving situational awareness of traffic authorities. Overall, improved information provision can improve the perceived performance of the system, while saving substantial amounts of resources.
      • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pmLunch
      • 1:15 pm - 1:30 pmAidan Flynn - General Manager Business Services, FTA IrelandPresentation Title: Competitiveness in the logistics sector reliant on sustainable compliant operations. Presentation Synopsis: The topic will cover: Short introduction to FTA Ireland – Who we are; How to encourage and recognise Sustainable fleet operations; FTA Ireland ‘Gold Silver Bronze Member Accreditation Programme’.
      • 1:30 pm - 1:45 pmDr Natasha Evers, Dr Amaya Vega - Marketing Discipline and Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SERMU), NUI Galway.Presentation Title: HGV road charges in the UK and other European countries and how this may affect Irish international freight transport stakeholders. Presentation Synopsis: In line with the EU sustainable freight transport policy, member states are required to implement measures for internalising or reducing transport externalities in their national transport policies. One such measure is the Eurovignette Directive (1999/62/EC as amended by 2006/38/EC and 2011/76), which sets out the regulatory framework for the ‘Charging of Heavy Goods Vehicles in the EU for the use of certain infrastructures’. Given Ireland’s geographical location as a peripheral European nation, it has been historically dependent on the use of the British road network (UK land bridge) for exporting and importing goods to and from Europe. Our presentation highlights some of the potential implications of the recently introduced UK road user levy (Effective 1/4/2014) for export freight transport stakeholders operating in the Republic of Ireland.
      • 1:45 pm - 2:00 pmDr John Paul Dean - Senior Researcher, UCC’sPresentation Title: Sustainable Aviation – Getting off the ground? Presentation Synopsis: Paul’s presentation reviews a range of different targets for emissions reduction in aviation to the year 2050 and estimates the quantity of bio jet fuels required to meet these targets under a number of growth scenarios. Direct emissions from civil aviation currently account for about 3% of total EU greenhouse gas emissions. Biofuels can help lower the EU’s carbon footprint by providing a renewable alternative to jet fuel in airliners. Biofuels emit less CO2 and contain no sulphur compounds. This work is part of the INSIGHT_E Observatory which is a European, scientific and multidisciplinary think-tank for energy which informs the European Commission and other energy stakeholders.
      • 2:00 pm - 2:15 pmJury Gualandris - Lecturer in Management, UCDPresentation Title: Sustainability gaps in supply chains: where they come from and how can we address them? Presentation Synopsis: Multiple and diverse stakeholder groups such as investors, customer and non-governmental organisation increasingly require companies to improve the environmental and social performance of their supply chains. Unfortunately, most companies fail in fully understanding and addressing these stakeholders’ expectations and demands. Building on recent research findings, I’ll explore the origins of sustainability gaps in supply chains (what stakeholders expect vs. what companies can realise) and offer initial guidance on how companies might resolve them.
      • 2:15 pm - 2:30 pmMark Bennett - Chairman, ECO-UNESCOPresentation Title: Cycling and cities: enabling technologies. Presentation Synopsis: Cycling in Dublin has seen rapid growth, supported by infrastructure improvements, incentivisation schemes and awareness campaigns. However, there are a number of factors that limit the growth of cycling including the safety and security of cyclists and of bicycles. This session will review existing technologies and explore the opportunities presented by the growth of Smart City and Internet of Things approaches.