Prof. Philip Greening

Prof. Philip Greening

Centre for Sustainable Road Freight and the Centre for Logistics and Sustainability, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh

Prof. Greening is the Director of two Research Centres: The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight and the Centre for Logistics and Sustainability. These two research centres define Professor Greening’s research focus.

The environmental imperative coupled with increased connectivity, and the proliferation of data combine to create the circumstances for radical change. This is necessary if we are to meet the climate change challenge of net zero emissions by 2050.

Transport accounts for approximately one third of all CO2 emissions and is particularly difficult to de-carbonise.

Professor Greening’s work spans many research approaches (including corporate case studies, roadmap development, and traditional logistics modelling), but his greatest interest is in the development of large-scale high fidelity, self-organising models, more commonly recognised as digital twins, or virtual worlds, which facilitate the exploration of disruptive innovation impact.

Current research has focused on the energy and operational impact of the electrification of logistics, using large scale virtual models of four major cities across Europe. These self-organising models are being used to explore the policy-technology space to develop robust system design. Ultimately it is planned to use the same models to develop resilient systems


Prof. Greening has enjoyed a successful career in industry, starting as a Research Engineer at British Aerospace, developing novel materials. He then transitioned into digital signal processing and worked on some of the first voice activated picking systems for warehouses, before turning his hand to consultancy. As a Consultant he delivered over 30 logistics or supply chain projects across Europe.

In 2006 he started a Masters course in Supply Chain Management at Cranfield University, and continued to complete his PhD there after becoming a full time research assistant in the complex systems group

In 2013 Prof. Greening joined Heriot Watt University as the research manager for the newly formed Centre for Sustainable Road Freight and became its principal investigator two years later.


Prof. Philip Greening will be appearing in the following sessions:

Panel Discussion: Is Sustainability a Tool for Building Resilience in a Fast Changing World?
LogiSYM MENA 2021: MENA Day 1 - 24th August 2021, 15:00–15:45, Interactive Panel Discussion

Keynote: Technology and Climate Change: How We Can Use Digital Technology to Save the Planet
LogiSYM MENA 2021: MENA Day 1 - 24th August 2021, 14:00–14:30, Presentation

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