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BESTFACT aims to develop, disseminate and enhance the utilisation of best practices and innovation in freight logistics in order to help the sector contribute to European transport policy objectives on competitiveness and environmental impact. For more information visit: http://www.bestfact.net/
Consignment Carbon is an independent, multistakeholder initiative supporting simplicity and alignment in supply chain carbon reporting across the global freight sector.
CLOSER project provides an overview of how to support knowledge sharing (e.g. evaluations, recommendations, specific guidelines) in the interface between long and short-distance transport networks in the transport chain for both passengers and freight in order to get more systematic approach within the whole system of the new mobility/organization schemes for the stakeholders.
The objective of this project was to obtain a realistic picture of the environmental performance of combined transport. The project partners had chosen relations, which are representative for today's combined transport. While the focus was mainly put on the most current road-rail techniques (the transport of swap bodies, containers and semi-trailers in block trains) three relations using the rolling motorway have been examined as well.
The Carbon Disclosure Project is an independent not-for-profit organization holding the largest database of primary corporate climate change information in the world. Thousands of organizations from across the world's major economies measure and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, water use and climate change strategies through CDP. We put this information at the heart of financial and policy decision-making.
The Clean Cargo Working Group is a global business-to-business initiative made up of leading cargo carriers and their customers, dedicated to environmental performance improvement in marine container transport through measurement, evaluation, and reporting
The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation's mission is to develop and implement the European research and innovation policy with a view to achieving the goals of Europe 2020 and the Innovation Union.
As such, the DG contributes to making Europe a better place to live and work, improving Europe's competitiveness, growth and job creation while tackling the main current and future societal challenges. To do so, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation supports research and innovation through European Framework Programmes, coordinates and supports national and regional research and innovation programmes, contributes to the creation of the European Research Area by developing the conditions for researchers and knowledge to circulate freely, and supports European organisations and researchers in their cooperation at international level.
The European Commission represents the general interest of the EU and is the driving force in proposing legislation (to Parliament and the Council), administering and implementing EU policies, enforcing EU law (jointly with the Court of Justice) and negotiating in the international arena.
The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) bundles all research-related EU initiatives together under a common roof playing a crucial role in reaching the goals of growth, competitiveness and employment. The broad objectives of FP7 have been grouped into four categories: Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities. For each type of objective, there is a specific programme corresponding to the main areas of EU research policy. All specific programmes work together to promote and encourage the creation of European poles of (scientific) excellence.
The Ecological Transport Information Tool (ECO TransIT) calculates environmental impacts of any freight transport. Thereby it is possible to determine the energy consumption, CO2 and exhaust emissions transported by rail, road, ship and aircraft in any combination. EcoTransIT is free of charge for any non-commerical use.
This website covers work undertaken as part of two projects funded by the European Commission: DG Climate Action, which aimed to, among other things, stimulate a debate about the actions that need to be taken in the medium- to long-term (particularly between 2020 and 2050) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector in the EU.
ERTRAC was established to mobilize the stakeholders of the Road Transport System, to develop a shared vision and to ensure a timely, coordinated and efficient implementation of Research in Europe, with the objective to tackle the societal challenges of road transport and to enhance the European Competitiveness.
ERRAC was set up in 2001 with the ambitious goal of creating a single European body with both the competence and capability to help revitalise the European rail sector and make it more competitive, by fostering increased innovation and guiding research efforts at European level
EIRAC is the European Intermodal Resarch Advisory Council set up to guide public and private investments on current Research Framework Programme in the European Union, and in Member or Accession States. Active since 2005, it developed a joint research strategy through a new and common vision for innovation and change, which consequently turned into a Strategic Intermodal Research Agenda for year 2020, and the relevant Implementation Plan.
EcoNav is an international collaboration funded under the 7th Framework programme aiming to provide travellers with personalized multi-modal navigation tools that allow, help and persuade them to travel and drive in a more ecologically friendly manner. A particular focus is to reduce CO2 emissions with the help of information and communication services.
e-SAVE is a project funded under the ICT element of the 7th Framework programme. e-SAVE aims develop the information infrastructure, applications and decision support tools to support operations and supply chain management and design decisions, taking into account environmental KPIs
The objective of ECOSTAND is to provide support for an agreement between three regions – the European Union, Japan and the United States – on a framework for a common assessment methodology for determining the impacts of Intelligent Transport Systems on energy efficiency and CO2 emissions.
This support will involve the formulation of (i) policy advice, in the form of a "roadmap" with steps to be taken to reach aforementioned agreement and (ii) a joint research agenda to identify research gaps in the understanding and to propose solutions to enable the methodology to be developed.
This will be achieved through a series of international symposia, rotating amongst the three regions, which will secure cooperation of key experts and serve as a forum for exchanging information, culminating in the production of recommendations & reports.
A link to the draft roadmap can be found here
Click on the link above to see the COFRET news article.
Green Freight Europe is a voluntary programme developd by a collaboration between logistics providers and shippers aimed at improving the environmental performance of road freight transport in Europe.
GHG-TransPoRD - Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions of transport beyond 2020: linking R&D, transport policies and reduction targets is a research project financed by the European Commission under FP7.The project aims at developing an integrated European strategy that links R&D efforts with other policies and measures to achieve substantial GHG emission reductions in transport that are in line with the overall targets of the EU.
Green EFFORTS, "Green and Effective Operations at Terminals and in Ports", is a collaborative research project, co-funded by the European Commissions under the Seventh Framework Programme, aiming at the reduction of energy consumption and improving a clear energy mix in the seaports and at terminals. Green EFFORTS will contribute to greener energy management in ports and terminals, as crucial nodes within intermodal transport chains, by developing strategic planning instruments for cargo terminal managers and port authorities to reduce the carbon footprint of seaports and inland harbors.
The Green Freight Asia Network is a collaboration of private companies that was launched on 6th December 2011. The goal of the Green Freight Asia Network is to ensure the active participation of the private sector in the development of green freight policies and programmes in Asia that are consistent with each other and with other global Green Freight programs, with an initial focus on road freight.
The Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) of industry led/backed initiatives and leading shippers and companies involved in freight transport has been established to continue the harmonisation of methodologies that has been started in COFRET. A three-year strategy has been developed and approved by the founder members and Smart Freight Centre has been mandated to lead and co-ordinate the work. More information can be found here.
G.EN.ESI is an FP7 project aimed at improving the sustainability of industrial products, particularly household appliances, by improving the sustainability data used in the design process. Decisions taken during the early design of products are very important in determining total product cost and environmental impact. To allow designers to make well-informed decisions, new design methods and tools are needed to provide the basis for determining the degree of sustainability of a given product or process, which in turn relies on better input data about all processes along the supply chain, including the types of transport process investigated in COFRET.
iCargo will build an open affordable information architecture that allows real world objects, existing systems, and new applications to efficiently co-operate, enabling more cost effective and lower-CO2 logistics through improved synchronisation and load factors across all transport modes.
Supports the program Sustainable Logistics all parties contributing to the preservation of the logistics chains. In this respect the goals less emissions, less waste and less cost, hand in hand. More than 100 cutting-edge companies already have concrete plans with measurable objectives in motion, which is appreciated with the Lean and Green Award. But not only are companies to move. The smarter and clean up of the distribution of goods in our urban environment also asks municipalities of an active role. More and more municipalities placing sustainable urban distribution on the administrative agenda and come in a variety of practical issues against there.
The Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme is an industry-led approach to reducing carbon emissions from road freight by recording and reporting reductions in CO2 emissions.
Logistics for Life (L4Life) is a Coordination Action (CA) funded by the EU's Seventh Framework Programme Theme 3, ICT for Safety and Energy Efficiency in Mobility. This CA will bring together leading logistics companies, technology providers and research organizations working on Innovative ICT solutions to ensure the long-term sustainability of the logistics industry by increasing its operational efficiency.
LogMan is a coordination and support action for the European Commission Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport funded in the 7th Framework Programme. The project started in September 2009 and has a duration of 24 months. The objective of the study is to give an insight into new logistics and manufacturing trends and their impacts on economic and environmental sustainability; to provide scenario based recommendations for European freight transport policy considering both economic and environmental sustainability and to improve existing tools (TRANSTOOLS, I-O tables) used for impact assessment and cost benefit analysis.
MODUM (Models for optimising dynamic urban mobility)
Because urban transport and related congestion problems can contribute up to up to 70% of CO2 emissions in an urban environment it is necessary to look for new approaches for optimal management of complex urban transport networks and related flows. The MODUM project approaches this by developing a new method for pro-active demand-responsive traffic management taht can react to dynamic conditions, for example unexpected disturbances which are frequently cited as more problematic than predictable congestion. The MODUM prototype will provide an optimisation approach to traffic management, capable of dynamically adapting overall urban traffic flows in response to unexpected events with a view to minimising CO2 emissions. More information can be downloaded here.
OEET is the organisation where the French legislation on CO2 emissions from transport services was debated since 2008. For more information follow the link above or see the COFRET news item: http://www.cofret-project.eu/Latest-Info/News/France-Demands-Carbon-Footprint-on-Transport-–-Further-Details_21.htm
The RETRACK project is applying an innovative rail freight service concept to the movement of rail freight across Europe. This is being achieved through the design, development and implementation of a commercial trans-European rail freight service along the rail corridor between Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Constanza (Romania) on the Black Sea.
REACT aspires to act as a driving force for coordinating, supporting and strengthening the Research & Technology Development (RTD) area of climate-friendly transport and mobility, so as to achieve integration at the European level of funding opportunities for the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from transport.
SmartWay is a public/private collaboration between the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the freight transportation industry that helps freight shippers, carriers, and logistics companies improve fuel-efficiency and save money.
Smart Freight Centre is a newly-formed global NGO specifically designed to promote a global freight sector that is more environmentally friendly and competitive. Smart Freight Centre aligns key industry and other players at the global and regional level with a view to facilitation of initiatives that will reduce emissions for freight transport at scale. For more information see http://www.smartfreightcentre.org/
The purpose of SuperGreen is to promote the development of European freight logistics in an environmentally friendly manner. Environmental facors play an increasing role in all transport modes, and holistic approaches are needed to identify 'win-win' solutions. SuperGreen will evaluate a series of 'green corridors' covering some representative regios and main transport routes throughout Europe.
A policy assessment model to study the effects of different transport and environment policies on the transport sector for all European countries.
Detailed German developed model covering direct and indirect emissiosn from passenger and freight transport.
This project for The UNECE Transport Division is to study the impact of inland transport on climate change. This 3 year project started in January 2011 and will be concluded in December 2013. The main objective of the project is to enhance international cooperation and planning towards sustainable transport policies through the development and use of a standard monitoring and assessment tool for CO2 emissions in inland transport including a transport policy converter. This first activity within this project is to develop an information and analysis tool based on a uniform methodology for the evaluation of the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the inland transport sector (road, rail and waterways except national and international aviation and maritime transport), taking into account climate-relevant indicators, new transportation trends and the implementation of regional, national or local policy measures. CO2 emissions caused by international aviation and maritime transport are excluded from this project.
To calculate emissions from logistics activities, have different choices to be made. This helping hand presents the choices on orderly manner in a step-by-step plan.