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