Optimization of Trailer Transport

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GRØN DYST 2010 Technical University of Denmark

Optimization of Trailer Transport
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Author:Kasper Bislev Kallestrup (Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Supervisor:Jesper Larsen (Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Date: 2010-06-25     Track: Main     Session: 1
DOI:10.4122/1.1000000073
DOI:10.4122/1.1000000074

20% of Europe’s GHG emissions come from road transportation. Freight transport energy consumption, and thus emission levels, is tightly coupled to GDP. So if Europe seeks to dramatically reduce emissions without sacrificing wealth, it is crucial to address the issue of energy efficiency within the road transportation sector. Today, empty journeys comprise 25%-40% of all road haulage. To address that issue the goal of this project is to describe and solve an optimization program that utilizes the opportunity for trailer-haulers to exchange trailers mid-way. If successful, this will allow haulers to reduce their amount of empty journeys, benefiting the environment.