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Reference Number EP/V042548/1
Title Zero Emission Cold-Chain(ZECC) - Building the Road to Sustainable Cold-Chain Systems for Food Resilience
Status Started
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 10%;
Not Energy Related 70%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 10%;
Energy Efficiency(Industry) 10%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 20%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 10%;
BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science) 30%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 30%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Other Systems Analysis) 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 25%;
Principal Investigator Dr X Wang

Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 June 2021
End Date 31 May 2025
Duration 48 months
Total Grant Value £1,465,929
Industrial Sectors Aerospace; Defence and Marine
Region West Midlands
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr X Wang , Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham (99.993%)
  Other Investigator Ms J (Judith ) Evans , Fac of Eng Science & Built Env, London South Bank University (0.001%)
Dr B Xu , Sch of Management and Languages, Heriot-Watt University (0.001%)
Dr P K Greening , Sch of Management and Languages, Heriot-Watt University (0.001%)
Professor GG (Graeme ) Maidment , Faculty of Engineering, Science and the Built Environment, London South Bank University (0.001%)
Professor LA Terry , School of Water, Energy and Environmen, Cranfield University (0.001%)
Mr T Brown , School of Engineering, London South Bank University (0.001%)
Dr AM Foster , Sch of Built Environment & Architectur, London South Bank University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Cold Storage and Distribution Federation (0.000%)
Project Contact , Hubbard Products Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Food and Drink Federation (0.000%)
Project Contact , Star Refrigeration Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Bitzer UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , British Frozen Foods Federation (0.000%)
Project Contact , Chilled Food Association (0.000%)
Project Contact , Foodservice Equipment Association (0.000%)
Project Contact , United Nations Environment Prog (UNEP) (0.000%)
Project Contact , United for Efficiency (0.000%)
Project Contact , Wave Refrigeration (0.000%)
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Abstract This project will bring together (i) world-leading interdisciplinary researchers from the UK working across the food cold chain sector and sustainable energy; (ii) stakeholder industries; (iii) new technology innovators and (iv) cold-chain customers from farmer to retailer to provide fundamental new knowledge and a whole systems approach to redefine the cold-chain architecture and map the opportunities available to reach net zero emissions by 2050 so as to deliver (i) demand and climate adaptation, (ii) resilience and (iii) decarbonisation of the cold-chain for the food industry and its stakeholders from farmer and fishers to consumers simultaneously. The food cold chain is complex and lacks integration between sectors. Although technological challenges exist, many decarbonisation issues are techno-economic or behavioural. The project will integrate technical (engineering and food quality/safety), behavioural, financial and business aspects to provide sustainable integrated solutions to the decarbonisation conundrum. More than 60% of our food is dependent on the cold-chain, and cold-chain is a major contributor to our energy demand. The project will provide new information into in a field that has not been researched from a system approach yet

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