Transport energy systems

With the transport sector accounting for around 30% of carbon emissions and around 25% of the energy demand within the UK, there is a need to reduce energy demand across the sector.

This needs to be done in the medium term to meet the UK 2027 Carbon Budget targets and in the long-term to meet the UK 2050 targets, to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80%.

The University integrates engineering and social science perspectives on both surface and air transport, combining technological insight such as tribology and combustion processes, with behavioural insight such as driving styles and consumer preferences to deliver cutting edge research with a strong applied policy impact.

We focus on the inter-related challenges of:

  • transitioning transport to lower carbon energy sources
  • repurposing cities and land-use to reduce the transport energy burden
  • developing efficient freight solutions to reduce whole systems energy use
  • anticipating future opportunities and risks through increased automation
  • developing new understandings of problems and solutions through big data
  • providing equitable policy solutions which enable the transition.

Within the University, Energy Leeds works closely with the Institute for Transport Studies to deliver internationally recognised energy efficient green transport. Our research informs the strategies of local, national and international governments.

Read our case study about how our researchers are helping local authorities find ways to decarbonise transport.

Work with us on the transition to greener transport

For enquiries about our research and working with us please email the Energy Leeds team via