Review | Green Freight Europe Open Day 2014
Hörsching, 12th March 2014 – With the great support of Schachinger Logistik, this year’s host of the Green Freight Europe (GFE) Open Day and Annual General Meeting, an exciting, and for some eye opening, event was organized. An event to further promote sustainability efforts of the European transport sector. To show their commitment and to take home valuable knowledge to enhance efforts to decrease emissions, more than 70 companies from all over Europe came together.
Holding back innovation
Welcoming the guests, Max Schachinger stated that
"cultural hubs and borders still hold back innovation on
sustainability improvements." Highlighting the importance and need
of change, keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Helga Kromp Kolb gave specific
insight into climate change and its consequences for the transport
sector. "The transport sector will face more extreme weather
conditions and changing climate policies, both having an impact on
economic development", making it necessary to act today.
Best Practice Sharing
Besides the monitoring and reporting of emissions, it is
crucial to support companies in their endeavor to improve their
carbon footprint. Participants had the opportunity to see firsthand
what GFE members are doing to become more sustainable. Several
workshops given on electric transport (e-Save and FREVUE),
aerodynamics (WABCO), trailer design (HEINEKEN) and horizontal
collaboration (Procter & Gamble) provided specific knowledge
that in some cases can easily be implemented.
A step forward
Before the start of the GFE Open Day Mr. van der Sterre
(GFE) and Mr. Radtke from EcoTransIT, signed a Memorendum of
Understanding - paving the way for a strong partnership and future
integration of the two initiatives.