Sustainable and Efficient Transport
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Sustainable and Efficient Transport

Incentives for Promoting a Green Transport Market

Edited by Ellen Eftestøl-Wilhelmsson, Suvi Sankari and Anu Bask

The EU Commission has set the goal of facilitating a competitive transport system, increasing mobility and supporting growth while simultaneously reaching a target of 60 per cent emissions reductions by 2050. In light of past performance and estimated development, the target will not be reached without further behavioural change in the transport sector. This interdisciplinary book examines how such a behavioural shift can be achieved by various organizational and legal means, focusing primarily on the European Union and its specific policies related to greening transport.
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Chapter 12: Towards a model for sustainable platooning cooperation in road transport

Wouter Verheyen


Platooning trucks drive as a well-trained cycling peloton, which allows for significant (up to 20 per cent) fuel savings. Platooning could thus make an important contribution to the sustainability of road transport. Technology for platooning is now available and the remaining step is thus operational innovation. Logistic research mainly focusses on ad hoc platooning, whereby individual trucks constitute platoons, while driving on the highway. However, as a network-technology a large-scale transition would be required in order for this to be successful. A more accessible model seems therefore to lie in coopetive (cooperation between competitors) platooning networks, whereby different road carriers set up the platoons in a coordinated way. However, such a model comes with important legal questions, regarding membership, operation and liability. In order for such cooperation to be successful, a framework which receives sufficient industry support, adds to legal certainty and predictability while at the same time reducing transaction costs and providing a fair balance of interests is necessary. By combining transplants of sharing economy models from other domains(in specific cargo bundling) and theoretical research with industry preferences, this research aims to successfully design such model and proposes rules on membership, operation and liability.

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