Monitoring and reporting of environmental performances of freight transport to the next level

16-06-2014

Fraunhofer IML and Green Freight Europe (GFE) together will develop new research on sustainable logistics systems and strategies. The organizations hope to generate new insights will better monitor and improve the environmental performances of freight transport in Europe.

Fraunhofer IML, Europe's largest application-oriented research organization, and GFE, the leading industry driven program to support companies in improving the environmental performances of freight transport in Europe, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to underscore their cooperation.

Long-term improvements

GFE aims to generate strong market incentives to engage companies across the supply chains in green procurement of transportation services in order stimulate long-term improvements. Therefore, a central database to calculate, validate and benchmark the environmental performance of transportation companies was built and designed. Fraunhofer IML manages the Green Logistics Research Project, that for the first time will determine the environmental impact of logistics systems and processes in a complete, usage-related and standardized manner and to develop methods and tools to assess activities from storage and distribution to reverse logistics.

Competitiveness
On a global scale logistics and transportation at present cause CO2 emissions of more than 5.5 percent and counting. The emissions share of a product life cycle with 5 to 15 percent offers high potential and is not negligible. Prior to each optimization, however, the emissions of logistics systems and processes have to be determined and emission driving processes need to be identified, Fraunhofer IML and GFE state. The organizations see this as a chance but also as a challenge - innovative sustainable technologies and logistics systems make a decisive contribution in preserving the competitiveness of businesses and realizing new business fields.

 

 

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