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Logistics Industry Coalition for Long-term, ICT-based Freight Transport Efficiency

LOGISTICS FOR LIFE

Logistics Industry Coalition for Long-term, ICT-based Freight Transport Efficiency

Call for proposal: 
FP7-ICT-2009-4
Link to CORDIS:
Background & policy context: 

The project was motivated by freight transport's heavy reliance on fossil fuel, its contribution to CO2 emissions and its impact on the environment and quality of life. These issues are counterbalanced by considerations specific to the logistics industry, where attempts to direct cargo towards environment friendly transport modes are failing to meet expectations, and firms face problems of volatile fuel prices, infrastructure saturation and low margins typical of a commoditized sector.

Objectives: 

Logistics for LIFE brought together leading logistic companies, technology providers and research organisations working on innovative ICT solutions to ensure long-term sustainability of the logistic industry by increasing its operational efficiency. L4Life has driven European ICT for Transport research in the direction of making logistics operations more efficient, and thus more environmentally friendly and financially and socially sustainable in the long term.

Methodology: 

The following results were achieved by the Logistics for Life project:

  1. creation of a multi-disciplinary network of logistic companies, technology providers and researchers actively pursuing efficiency-related initiatives within EU, national or industrial programs. The Logistics for LIFE Coalition was structured and organised to grow its membership by attracting key stakeholders from outside the Consortium, and to continue operating after the end of the project.
  2. establishment of a reference framework where logistic efficiency requirements from different stakeholders are related to sustainability strategic objectives on the one side, and to existing and looked-for ICT solutions on the other side.
  3. development of a strategic roadmap including concrete actions and strategies that would guide and facilitate the effective implementation of ICT solutions identified in the reference framework for energy efficiency in logistics. Both the framework and the related roadmap would be periodically updated with stakeholders' input, collected through the Logistics for LIFE Coalition activities, and aligned with Commission programs development as well as with input from other forums and EU projects.
  4. promotion of the Logistics for LIFE vision and findings, as well as relevant results from the Coalition members related projects, through a coordinated plan of dissemination activities targeted primarily to the transport logistic industry community. To this purpose, the Coalition planned to participate in major conferences and expositions on transport logistics and to coordinate the organisation of joint workshops between member projects, so as to maximize dissemination output.
  5. establishment of a common working platform for the community of users and researchers working on logistic long-term efficiency, including: public and private websites, on-line forums, document repositories and other web-based collaboration tools. The platform served several purposes: on-line discussion on stakeholder issues, collaborative work on the framework and roadmap documents, networking, and dissemination of material and publications, and was open to both Coalition members and external participants, who can join through a controlled membership request and registration process.
Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Key Results: 

More than 100 projects were identified and analysed on international, national and regional level. The results were dynamic, research projects changed over the life time of the project. The observatory showed that the topic had been relevant for several years especially at European level. Several solutions support at least one sustainability dimension on a software level as well as on a business model and framework level. The analysis provided the following results:

  • Availability of several interesting ICT solutions, i.e. the technology can be provided, but the practical application, information on ROI and efforts needed in order to implement the solutions, lack. These projects need to be taken to the next step and the solutions need to be further explored. The results need time to penetrate the supply chain and transport sector before the satisfying degree of penetration will be reached. Logistics for LIFE supported this process by leveraging the information to a broader audience.   
  • Examining different ICT solutions, there were only a few projects and initiatives for green and cost-effective freight transport. This seems to have an interesting relevance for the logistic service providers and freight carriers.

Based upon these results, around 15 projects dealing with ICT solutions supporting energy efficiency within the freight sector, were chosen. The relevance of each project was evaluated according to the following main categories:

  • Positioning (needs to deal with freight transport)
  • ICT solutions and supported functionalities
  • Impacts on financial, environmental and societal level

  

Strategy targets

Innovating for the future: technology and behaviour.

Promoting more sustainable development

Lead Organisation: 

Insiel - Informatica Per Il Sistema Degli Enti Locali S.p.a.

Address: 
Via San Francesco D'assisi 43
34133 Trieste
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€287,976
Partner Organisations: 

Marlo As

Address: 
Tryms Vei
1445 Heer
Norway
EU Contribution: 
€99,945

Volvo Bus Corporation

Address: 
Fästningsvägen 1
40508 Gothenburg
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€66,240

Biba - Bremer Institut Fuer Produktion Und Logistik Gmbh

Address: 
HOCHSCHULRING 20
28359 BREMEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€119,901

Stiftelsen Sintef

Address: 
Strindveien
7034 Trondheim
Norway
EU Contribution: 
€138,633

Cosco Network E Logistics Co Ltd

Address: 
Chao Yang Men North Street
Beijing
100027
China
EU Contribution: 
€19,902

Fachhochschule Vorarlberg Gmbh

Address: 
Hochschulstrasse
6850 Dornbirn
Austria
EU Contribution: 
€147,727

Singularlogic Anonymi Etaireia Pliroforiakon Systimaton Kai Efarmogon Pliroforikis

Address: 
ACHAIAS 3 & TROIZINIAS
14564 NEA KIFISIA
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€73,409

Kuehne+Nagel Societe Anonyme For Transports & Logistics

Address: 
El. Venizelou Ave. 330
176 75 Kallithea
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€28,463

Blg Logistics Group Ag & Co Kg

Address: 
Prasident Kennedy Platz
28203 Bremen
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€42,372

Dievropaiki Etairia Symboulon Metaforon Anaptixis Kai Pliroforikis Ae

Address: 
Vrioulon 78C Kai K. Karamanli 40
55132 Kalamaria - Thessaloniki
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€53,887

Gebruder Weiss Gesellschaft M.b.h.

Address: 
Bundesstraße 110
6923 Lauterach
Austria
EU Contribution: 
€25,288

Searail Eeig

Address: 
KULJETUSKATU 9
20200 TURKU
Finland
EU Contribution: 
€28,839

Singkioular Lotzik Anonymos Etairia Pliroforiakon Systimaton & Efarmogon

Address: 
IOLKOU PANAGOULI SINISOGLOU KAI FILIKIS ETAIREIAS
14234 N IONIA
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€0

Intel Research And Development Ireland Limited

Address: 
Collinstown Industrial Park
N/A
Leixlip, Co Kildare
Ireland
EU Contribution: 
€49,862

Deutsche Post Ag

Address: 
Charles-de-Gaulle-Str. 20
53113 BONN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€39,162

Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt

Address: 
TEKNIIKANTIE 21
02150 ESPOO
Finland
EU Contribution: 
€101,445

Searail Eeig

Address: 
KULJETUSKATU 9
20200 TURKU
Finland
EU Contribution: 
€0

Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola Ab

Address: 
-
41296 GOTHENBURG
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€96,949
Technologies: 
Development phase: