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Green Technologies and Smart ICT for Sustainable Freight Transport

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Efficiency and Innovation in Logistics


Sustainable freight transportation is high on the European and international agenda. The EC White paper of Transport 2012 denotes technological innovation as a key part of the future strategy “to achieve a faster transition to a more efficient and sustainable European transport system”. In the context of the 60 % GHG emission reduction target for the EC transport sector, deployment of sustainable fuels, energy-efficient propulsion systems and smart information systems will be needed. Green corridors, a new EU concept for long-distance and perhaps large-flow transport networks, is planned to serve as platform for demonstration and later adoption of environmental-friendly, innovative transport solutions and intelligent transport systems. The EU project SuperGreen (1/2010–1/2013), ‘Supporting EU’s Freight Transport Logistics Action Plan on Green Corridors Issues’, aimed to support the definition and benchmarking of green freight corridors through Europe with respect to environmental, technical, economic, social, and spatial planning aspects. In this framework, a set of representative EC freight corridors has been assessed and comparatively evaluated against the potential use of advanced technologies and intelligent information/communication technologies. This paper presents the methodology developed and applied for the assessment and benchmarking of corridors with advanced technologies. A set of more than 200 technologies has been assessed against their possible impact on the corridor performance. Advanced technologies for engine and propulsion systems, fuels and energy sources, navigation technologies, cargo handling systems, heating and cooling technologies, vehicles (road and rail vehicles, and waterborne vessels), best practices, and innovative units were analysed. Also smart Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) such as single window systems, expert charging systems, centralised and decentralised transport systems and others could achieve tangible benefits in terms of improving the corridor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Case studies and examples are presented.

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Our work was supported by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme under project grant agreement TREN/FP7TR/233573/ “SUPERGREEN”, for which we are grateful.

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Georgopoulou, C. et al. (2014). Green Technologies and Smart ICT for Sustainable Freight Transport. In: Clausen, U., ten Hompel, M., Meier, J. (eds) Efficiency and Innovation in Logistics. Lecture Notes in Logistics. Springer, Cham.

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