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.
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DOIS: 10.4122/1.1000000073 10.4122/1.1000000074