GO_1. Research Integration for Green Logistics
Effective communication of stakeholders representing the value-added chain and the socio-cultural background is crucial to improve efficiency and environmental impact of transport. Security, resource-efficiency, and robustness of “Green Transport” depend on an innovative management of supply networks. The range of involved research disciplines is broad and covers transportation physics, sustainable supply chain and logistics systems engineering, as well as ICT, sociology and environmental sciences. LOG4GREEN will strengthen the RTD-networks by grouping the involved RTD, business and governance actors along three different axes to promote interdisciplinary and integrative RTD-activities:
- problem-oriented (e.g. dynamic disposition of green multimodal transport, traffic avoidance, sustainable urban supply, measuring environmental impact)
- area-oriented (international, wider area and cross border, regional)
- stakeholder-oriented (governance, RTD and education, business stakeholder groups)
GO_2. Transregional Innovation Dynamics
Approaching the logistics innovation systems by transregional knowledge exchange, regional infrastructures have to be considered as an essential factor for successful cooperation. The infrastructural, economic and RTD-environments of the LOG4GREEN regions provide sets of technological approaches, best practice examples and entrepreneurial activities for successful mutual learning. Transregional matching of RTD offers and demands will open up new fields for research activities in:
(i) Multi- and intermodality of transport chains regarding capacity management, infrastructure construction and policy, integrating modern IT- and information management systems to enhance variability and flexibility for effective and environmentally successful combinations of transport modes.
(ii) Sustainability of urban supply under conditions of demographic shifts, climate change and resource shortage as a prime topic for European logistics clusters to improve urban ecosystems and the robustness of individual supply in urban areas.
(iii) Assessment of the environmental impact of transport based on new technologies, policies and markets for suitable certification measures as a key factor for a successful adaptation to changing market conditions
GO_3. International (Young) Experts Promotion
Training and education of (i) a new generation of young experts and further training of (ii) professionals will be taken into focus. Several conditions and needs characterize the education programmes in the sector of logistics and transport:
§The highly complex processes and systems require a broad interdisciplinary professional background. Cultural, technical, economical, environmental, process- and system-related approaches have to be integrated into education programmes.
§New study paths and training programmes have to be incorporated into the study programmes to meet the requirements of emerging working areas in sustainable and green transport
§The awareness of the societal and ecological importance of the logistics sector has to be improved – students have to be attracted to the professional area of logistics and transport and its growing relevance.
Therefore, the development of new study paths and training programmes, sharing of research facilities, staff exchange and knowledge transfer accompanied by awareness-raising activities for the logistics sector on a European level is a core objective of LOG4GREEN.
GO_4. Cluster Competitiveness in Global Context
The crosscutting overall objective of LOG4GREEN is to optimize the performance and collaboration of regional research-driven clusters in the field of sustainable transport. The participating clusters provide a broad range of organizational structures and services, regional RTD resources and logistics infrastructure characteristics. This valuable fund of regional experiences and resources will be used to improve the clusters performance by structured benchmarking and knowledge exchange (mutual mentoring). Building up trust between the participating clusters and planning joint interregional activities will be used to follow two major strategic objectives: to initiate the development of a European logistics meta-cluster and to clearly benchmark the European knowledge landscape against global markets.