Green, greener, competitive advantage: Eco-accounting summit for sustainable logistics in Dortmund, Germany

EC 20140206 032Green logistics is not one of the most beloved topics within the sector: recently passed laws and regulations on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions are perceived if not as cost drivers but at least critical. However, not all logistics service providers share this opinion. At the eco-accounting summit for sustainable logistics in Dortmund, not only speakers, but about 50 participants mostly from industry stressed their strong believe, that green logistics measures even account for cost reduction as well as for innovation. The summit held on February 6, 2014 was initiated in the course of the LOG4GREEN project and organized by the EffizienzCluster Logistics Ruhr in cooperation with the Economic Development Agency of the City of Dortmund.

Less CO2: Three initiatives and projects are united by one goal

Hype or competitive advantage? Moderator Thorsten Hülsmann from the EffizienzCluster Logistics Ruhr challenged three invited initiatives for eco-accounting to answer this question. Accompanied by enterprises that follow the initiatives already, the ambassadors explained and promoted their approaches:

Lean and Green goes for stimulation in order to achieve a higher level of sustainability in companies as well as in authorities: To become eligible for the Lean and Green Award, participating organisations have to demonstrate through an action plan that they will reduce their CO2 emissions by 20% in five years' time. If the objective in the plan of action is actually achieved, the organisation is awarded its first Lean and Green Star. In Germany, GS-1 organises the initiative.

While Lean and Green promotes individual pathways to achieve CO2 reductions, GreenFreight Europe develops a unified method for the detection of environmental impacts as well as a platform to support procurement of logistics services under CO2-aspects. Participating in the GreenFreight Europe network, carriers and shippers benefit from a single platform to which they input operational data in order to calculate validate and benchmark the environmental performance of their transport operations.

Lean and Green and GreenFreight Europe mainly concentrate on CO2 reductions - the EffizienzCluster project Green Logistics considers the entire logistics chain as relevant for their approach. Logistics real estate, intralogistics as well as transport according to the cost-by-cause principle are being determined in the scope of this project. Researchers are developing an internationally acknowledged eco-certification system in strong cooperation with companies.

Investments in green logistics pay off

"Shippers already demand for green logistics services" Marc Laux from the medium sized logistics provider Schmidt-Gevelsberg stated. "The Green Logistics project already paid off for us: raising awareness for eco-efficient driving amongst our drivers already led to a more ecological driving behavior and to direct gas-savings of about seven percent" he stressed. Jörg Friedrichs, senior expert "Umweltplus" of the Deutsche Post AG said that green logistics is no longer an investment without direct return. Moreover he appreciates the network aspects: "We have to collaborate in order to achieve our goals. To get the chance to discuss with competitors is another benefit of engaging in these initiatives."

For Christophe Campe, country manager Europe at CHEP, green logistics is no longer hype, but the ticket for future business models. Through his strong engagement as Lean and Green ambassador, he notices a growing passion of companies for the green topic. Even though all experts agreed that green logistics will definitely bring competitive advantages in the long run, Patrick Pütz, Senior Expert Shared Value of DHL, considered that there are still problems to solve with common data-bases and relevant KPIs.

European cooperation to boost green logistics

The development of standards is equally supported by science and business. Thus, the list of business members reads like a Who's Who of the European economy: major logistics service providers such as UPS, DPD or Deutsche Post DHL as well as global players like Procter & Gamble, Philips and Coca Cola are engaged in either one or even several of these initiatives. Also SMEs are well represented. Even though the initiatives are so far fighting for themselves and with their specific approach in order to achieve a greener logistics sector, cooperation agreements have been signed already. Thus, as one of the main results of the workshop, the participants agreed that European collaboration needs to be pushed in order to implement an international certification system for greenhouse gas emissions in the logistics sector.

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From left to right:   
Dagmar Grote-Westrick & Thorsten Hülsmann, EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr;
Daniel Jaetsch, Green Fright Europe;  Patrick Pütz, Deutsche Post DHL;  
Jörg Friedrichs, Deutsche Post AG;  Marc Laux, Schmidt-Gevelsberg GmbH;  
Dr. Bahar Cat-Krause, GS1 Germany;  Kerstin Dobers, Fraunhofer IML;  
Christophe Campe, CHEP Deutschland

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The event is organised by the European projects LOG4GREEN, LOG2020 and SoCool@eu in close cooperation with the European Technology Platform ALICE.
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April 15, 2014 - LOG4GREEN holds an invited session at the TRA Transport Research Arena in Paris  

“Managing Risk and Resilience in Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management for Urban Supply”

Speakers and panelists: 
Prof. Alan McKinnon, Kühne Logistics University Hamburg, Germany; Arhur van Gerven, Menlo Worldwide, Netherlands; Dr. Pierre Laconte, Foundation for the Urban Environment, Prof. Cathy Macharis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

The session will be chaired by Klaus Krumme, Centre for Logistics & Traffic, University of Duisburg-Essen and Prof. Metin Türkay, Koc University, Istanbul

Recent approaches on urban supply create a vision for a future where urban environments are cleaner, safer and more responsive to fast dynamics. READ MORE

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Bridging the Gap – Logistics Theory and Practice 2015 

Springer Series - Lecture Notes in Logistics Book

International Research Cluster Call for Contributions

DEADLINE April 30, 2014

Contributions from the Dinalog cluster should be sent to Henk Zijm (w.h.m.zijm@utwente.nl), contributions from the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr to Matthias Klumpp (matthias.klumpp@pim.uni-due.de). Each contribution will un-dergo a thorough three-reviewer and editing process with a planned book release about mid of 2015.

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IuK-Technologien als Treiber für Kooperationen: EffizienzCluster und Fraunhofer IML richten ECITL 2014 aus

 


November 5 - 7, 2014  
EffizienzCluster & Fraunhofer IML organise ECITL 2014 

EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr and the Fraunhofer-Institute for Material Flow and Logistics are hosts of the 7th European Conference for ICT in Logistics which will be held in Dortmund. READ MORE

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At the 14th  Management International Conference in Koper, Slovenia, organised by the University of Primorska, Faculty of Management, Michael Plasch (Logistikum Steyr) presents : 

"Trans-Regional Logistics in Carinthia– Perspectives and Visions on Transport Infrastructure Development on Businesses and Public Level"

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CALL for PAPERS for the INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS SCIENCE CONFERENCE in Dortmund - deadline January 2013!

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The first LOG4GREEN regional Joint Action Plan Workshop was held during the 4th International Conference on Transport Logistics InterTRANSLOG 2012 from 22.09 to 30.09. in Ukraine (Odessa), Bulgaria (Varna), Rumania (Constance), Greece (Salonika).

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Metin Turkay from Koc University, Istanbul,  was invited to give a talk about LOG4GREEN from the Istanbul perspective at the WIRE 2012. The meeting  is organized by the European Union Committee on Regions.

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