Green Logistics is one of the more than 30 joint projects that form part "EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr" (Research Cluster for Efficiency - Logistics Ruhr) financially supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research within its "Leading-Edge Cluster" Programme.
In the domain of logistics there are substantial potentials that allow for contributing to the objectives for climate protection set by the German federal government. In order to develop strategies for emission reduction as well as products and services of green logistics, it is of key importance to assess emissions based on a common methodology that allows for identifying the best strategies as well as to evaluate their implementation.
The joint project "Green Logistics" aims at eco-efficient products and services in logistics through developing concise methodologies for inquiry and assessment up to certification. Further to this, development and trial of selected practice-oriented strategies for optimisation play an important role within the project.
An important objective is to establish a dataset for all relevant environmental effects of logistics processes and systems covering buildings used, stationary equipment for intra-logistics and external transport. Target groups are logistics service providers, developer and operator of logistics buildings and supplier of equipment for intra-logistics.
Significant innovations to be achieved by Green Logistics are environmental data from logistics service providers that are based on a common methodology and, therefore, comparable. Further to this eco-efficient solutions along the logistics chain will be demonstrated.
Eleven partners team together to develop the methodological basis for environmentally friendly products, services and logistics systems. Special areas of interest are a CO2-neutral hub for air transport and eco-efficient last-mile-logistics.
The Wuppertal Institute will focus on contributing to the common task of developing the conceptual and methodological basis for the quantitative tools and to the case studies that deal with transportation of goods. Moreover it plays a vital role in the co-ordination of the participation of stakeholders.