The UK government has announced 7 million GBP in funding to help decarbonise and increase the efficiency of freight transportation through the rollout of emerging technologies.
The funding will be used to develop and scale solutions to improve air quality, reduce traffic, create jobs and allow people to get their goods more quickly.
These solutions will focus on making it easier to move freight from one mode of transport to another, and thus improving journey times and reliability.
“Our freight industry is vital to underpinning the economy and keeps Britain moving, so it is crucial we invest in new innovations to make it greener and quicker.
“This fund will accelerate new ideas and technologies, helping to develop a future pipeline of innovations that can be rolled out to create jobs and allow everyone to get their goods faster and easier.”
The freight innovation fund (FIF) will go to 36 small and medium-sized enterprises to test their ideas to enable greater efficiency and bring about decrease in emissions across the freight industry.
In particular, the fund aims to address three long-standing issues in the freight sector:
These aims will build on previous government initiatives to support increased research and development in the freight industry.
Technologies supported by past funding include:
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