A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the University and Priority Freight, a major international distributor based in Kent, has helped the firm cut its carbon emissions by an average of 2.2 tonnes of CO2 a week thanks to improved vehicle route planning.
Over the next three years, the projected financial savings for the firm, based in Whitfield near Dover, will be significant.
The KTP project was initially set up by Kent Innovation and Enterprise (KIE) who support and help deliver partnership projects with academics across the University. This partnership benefitted from the appointment of a Kent Business School (KBS) graduate, Brian Gutierrez, who worked with Professor Said Salhi (also from KBS) to embed new processes during a 30-month project with the company. On completion the project was awarded the highest grade of “Outstanding” by the KTP Grading Panel for its achievement in meeting the project’s objectives.