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Green Logistics - a Seal for Being Green

Products and services for “Green Logistics” are subjected to highly different parameters for measuring resource consumption and emissions. There is a lack of standardized ecological evaluation procedures and methods as well as a systematic collection of ecological design alternatives for logistics processes and systems.

Uncertainties about the actual ecological effects combined with the lack of knowledge about possible, more ecological alternatives and their economic impacts make it difficult for small and medium-sized as well as large companies to design their logistics to be eco-efficient.

Objective of the Project

Within the scope of this project the ecological effects of logistic processes and systems are being determined for the areas of logistics real estate, intralogistics and transport according to the cost-by-cause principle. In doing so, the entire logistics chain is taken into consideration. The methods and instruments which will be developed (further) for this will result in a certification system for logistics providers.

The aim is the development of an internationally acknowledged eco-certification. This will be formed on the basis of existing data on the one hand, and on a wide platform of practical experience on the other, using a total of eight case studies. At the same time a collection of best practices, guidelines and check lists will be worked out for companies to use.

Concrete Innovations

The success of the project will be matched against the increase in efficiency and reduction of emissions in logistics systems and processes. All relevant requirements on the part of future providers and users will be considered in the investigations as well as in the products and services which are to be developed. The innovation here lies in the comparability of ecological effects, in the logistics supply of services and the evidence of the existence of eco-efficient solutions along the entire logistics chain. The industry standard in the field of Green Logistics will be specified by the project results, among others a CO2 neutral air freight hub, an eco-efficient last mile logistics as well as a resource-saving container management system.

Partners in the Project

ARGE Goodman Germany GmbH

 

Arcadis Deutschland GmbH

 

DB Mobility Logistics AG

 

Deutsche Post AG

 

Fiege Deutschland Stiftung & Co. KG

 

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML

 

Lufthansa Cargo AG

 

Schmidt-Gevelsberg GmbH

 

TÜV Rheinland AG

 

United Parcel Services Deutschland & Co. OHG

 

Vanderlande Industries GmbH

 

Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie GmbH

Ecology is becoming another significant factor in logistics – uniform certification will make it easier for companies to shape their logistics to be eco-efficient.

Contact person

Dr. Marc Schneider

 

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML

E-Mail:
marc.schneider
@iml.fraunhofer.de

 

Dr. Kerstin Dobers

 

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML

E-Mail:
kerstin.dobers
@iml.fraunhofer.de

Facts & Figures

Start of the Project

01/06/2010

Project Duration
58 months

Project Volume
6,2 Mio. Euro

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