Electric Vehicles- the magic bullet to meet carbon reduction targets in UK cities

Oliver Heidrich

Newcastle University

I graduated in Germany as a fully qualified Civil Engineer and completed a PhD in Environmental Management and Business Psychology (CEG and the School of Biology and Psychology) at Newcastle University in 2006.  I develop new approaches to model and manage climate change adaptation, mitigation, natural resources and material flows using e.g. life cycle assessment, industrial ecology and standardised systems e.g. 9001, 18001 and 14001 in urban environments. I aim to provide researchers and decision makers a system-scale understanding of the inter-relationships between resource mapping and resource use in cities. For this I consider climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies and technologies in the built environment. My research, consultancy and publications feed directly into my teaching bringing expertise into the classroom. I lead modules, teach and conduct the associated administration of Higher Education (HE) Programs for UG, PG and doctoral students. I research and develop new theories for urban areas (cities) and climate change adaptation and mitigation by considering resource models, life cycle assessment and costing, industrial ecology principles and standardised management systems.


Transport relies strongly on fossil fuels and accounted for 27 % of final energy use (IPCC, 2014). There is an urgent need to concentrate on cities and their sustainable transport strategies for dealing with the challenges... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Graeme Hill (Newcastle University)
  2. Oliver Heidrich (Newcastle University)
  3. Phil Blythe (Newcastle University)
  4. Richard Dawson (Newcastle University)

Topic Areas

• Infrastructure systems, the built environment, and smart and connected infrastructure , • Public policy and governance , • Sustainable urban systems


WS-1 » The Future of Electric Vehicles (09:45 - Wednesday, 28th June, Room D)

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