Green Corridors in European Surface Freight Logistics

  • Harilaos N. PsaraftisEmail author
  • Atle Minsaas
  • George Panagakos
  • Christopher Pålsson
  • Ilkka Salanne
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 181)


In the European Commission’s Freight Transport Logistics Action Plan of 2007, a number of short- to medium-term actions are presented that will help Europe address its current and future challenges, and ensure a competitive and sustainable freight transport system there. One action is the “Green transport corridors for freight”. A Green Corridor is characterized by a concentration of freight traffic between major hubs and by relatively long distances of transport. Green Corridors should in all ways be environmentally friendly, safe and efficient. Green technologies and smart utilization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), where available, may even improve those corridors. Where not available, new R&D may be required to further develop what is needed. Given the above policy goals, project “Super Green” has been launched. This is Coordination and Support Action co-funded by the European Commission in the context of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, and coordinated by the National Technical University of Athens. The project involves 22 partners from 13 European countries. The purpose of this chapter is to address the key issues involved in the development of Green Corridors for European Freight Logistics, describe the Super Green project, and give an overview of main results to date.


Supply Chain External Cost Road Transport Freight Transport Green Supply Chain Management 
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Work reported in this chapter was supported in part by EU project SuperGreen (grant agreement TREN/FP7TR/233573/”SUPERGREEN”). The assistance of Rein Jüriado and Fleur Breuillin, Project Officers at the European Commission (DG-MOVE), for technical and administrative support and for their advice in general, is gratefully acknowledged. Indrek Ilves should be credited with rendering the corridor maps in metro- format (Fig. 9.2). We are also thankful to (alphabetically) Sergio Barbarino, Niklas Bengtsson, Bianca Byring, Chara Georgopoulou, Even Ambros Holte, Konrad Pütz, Sanni Rönkkö, Anders Sjöbris, Andrea Schön, Panos Tsilingiris, Aud Marit Wahl, the members of the project’s Advisory Committee and numerous other individuals, perhaps too many to mention by name, for their help.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harilaos N. Psaraftis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Atle Minsaas
    • 2
  • George Panagakos
    • 1
  • Christopher Pålsson
    • 3
  • Ilkka Salanne
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratory for Maritime TransportNational Technical University of AthensZografouGreece
  2. 2.MarintekNorway
  3. 3.IHS FairplayGothenburgSweden
  4. 4.Sito LtdEspooFinland

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