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Green Logistics objective

The objective of the »Green Logistics« research project is to holistically determine for the first time the ecological effects of logistics systems and processes on a usage-related, standardized basis and to develop methods and instruments for the assessment of associated elements ranging from storage to distribution to reverse logistics. Here, it builds upon already existing methods, instruments and data basis for the respective sub-segments. Existing gaps are closed during the course of the project and an integrative observation of the areas logistics real estate, intralogistics and transport segments is enabled. Additionally, it is a matter of developing standardized eco-efficient logistics solutions and delivering a decision support to companies in designing more eco-efficient logistics systems and processes.


Specific joint project objectives

  • Development of a founded knowledge base on the environmental impact of logistics systems and processes
  • Definition of standards for assessing the environmental impact of logistics
  • Development of a demonstrator for the assessment of the environmental impact of logistics systems, processes and services on the basis of defined services (modular principle)
  • Development of an internationally approved certification system for logistics providers
  • Development of standardized, eco-efficient solutions for logistics systems and processes
  • Description of best practices, as well as, development of guidelines and check lists for the identification and conversion of eco-efficient logistics solutions
  • Development of a methodology for the systematic selection of eco-efficient solutions according to the principle of a morphological box
  • Development of new business areas, green products and services for the logistics market – both for logistics providers, as well as, suppliers of logistics plants and equipment (e.g. warehouse technology, conveyor technology)
  • Reduction of the environmental impact of logistic performance

Green Logistics project results

The holistic consideration of the logistics real estate from intralogistics to transport sets an industry standard in the area of »Green Logistics«, which is realized by three essential project results:

  • A preferably CO2-neutral air freight hub
    In future Lufthansa Cargo will handle its cargo activities on the ground in an approx. 300,000 m2 large air freight hub in Frankfurt am Main, and at this set a new standard for green logistics, as well as, significantly reduce the CO2 emission. This will happen considering the synergies of logistics real estate, intralogistics and processes. At the same time, design options in the field of eco-efficiency for existing real estate are also regarded by the partners Goodman/URS, Fiege and Deutsche Post.

  • Low CO2 intralogistics systems
    Vanderlande will in future conceptualize green intralogistics systems and offer them on the market. The required fundamentals concerning this are developed in cooperation with Fiege, Lufthansa Cargo and Deutsche Post.

  • Low CO2 distribution and transport networks
    DB Mobility Logistics, Deutsche Post, United Parcel Service and Schmidt Gevelsberg will develop eco-efficient solutions for distribution and transport networks and new green products for both large scale businesses, as well as, small and medium-sized enterprises.