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September 11, 2022 | Tom Ballard

UTRF executes exclusive license agreement for transportation sustainability index

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) recently executed its first exclusive license agreement for its first disclosure from a faculty member in the Haslam College of Business on the Knoxville campus.

According to this spotlight feature in the August edition of the UTRF Newsletter, Alex Scott, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, has developed a transportation sustainability index that seeks to curb transportation emissions. Scott has spent his career working in and studying supply chain policy, transportation safety and market dynamics. Recently, he began focusing his research on sustainability efforts in the trucking industry and identified a major market gap. The transportation sector is a tremendous source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the U.S.

“The culmination of this idea came from years of being in the industry and understanding it,” said Scott. “Unfortunately, there is no database that enables a buyer of transportation services to evaluate all carriers on the road and their sustainability levels. We are empowering the decision makers – buyers of transportation – to be able to select carriers based on how sustainable their trucks are.”

UTRF recently executed an exclusive license agreement with a leading digital supply chain visibility provider for Scott’s technology.


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