The transport sector is responsible for around 25 % of greenhouse gas emissions. Minimising fuel consumption is one of the main objectives of climate protection measures. For logistics companies, minimising fuel consumption has the positive side effect of reducing their variable costs. Although social and operational goals are aligned, many companies do not succeed in reducing fuel consumption. One of the main reasons for this is the driving behaviour of truck drivers.

In this project, we combine insights from behavioural science and technology and feedback mechanisms for truck drivers. We use feedback mechanisms and gamification. Our initial results have led to a sustainable reduction of around 10% in fuel consumption.

In addition, we are also analysing how environmental conditions, in particular various aspects of traffic density, affect drivers' propensity to automate and thus to drive well.

Key Facts

Duration: 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2022
Total funding volume: not published due to contractual conditions
University funding volume: not published due to contractual conditions
Funded by: Cottbus Chamber of Industry and Commerce, various automobile manufacturers, telematics manufacturers and logistics companies

Partner: BTU Cottbus Senftenberg

Pro­ject man­ager

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Prof. Dr. Kirsten Thommes

Paderborn Research Center for Sustainable Economy (PARSEC)

Hoffmann, C./Thommes, K. (2020). Can digital feedback increase employee performance and energy efficiency in firms? Evidence from a field experiment. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organisation, 180, 49-65.

Hoffmann, C./Thommes, K.: Combining Egalitarian and Proportional Sharing rules in Team Tournaments to Incentivize Energy-Efficient Behaviour in a Principal-Agent Context. to be published 2020 in: Organisation and Environment.

Hoffmann, C./Thommes, K.: Using Loss Aversion to Incentivise Energy Efficiency in a Principal Agent Context - Evidence from a Field Experiment. To be published 2020 in: Economics Letters.