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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



Dr. Kerstin Dobers


Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML


Facts & Figures

Start of the Project


Project Duration
58 months

Project Volume
6,2 Mio. Euro

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