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EPSRC Reference: EP/V042548/1
Title: Zero Emission Cold-Chain(ZECC) - Building the Road to Sustainable Cold-Chain Systems for Food Resilience
Principal Investigator: Peters, Professor T
Other Investigators:
Wang, Dr X Brown, Mr T Foster, Dr AM
Greening, Professor PK Terry, Professor LA Maidment, Professor GG
Xu, Dr B Evans, Professor J
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr N Falagan
Project Partners:
Bitzer UK British Frozen Foods Federation Chilled Food Association
Cold Chain Federation Federation of Environmental Trade Associ Food and Drink Federation
Foodservice Equipment Association Hubbard Products Limited Star Refrigeration Ltd
United for Efficiency United Nations Environment Prog (UNEP) Wave Refrigeration
Department: Chemical Engineering
Organisation: University of Birmingham
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 April 2021 Ends: 31 March 2025 Value (£): 1,465,929
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy Efficiency Energy Storage
Sustainable Energy Networks
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
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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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