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LOGistics & MANufacturing trends and sustainable transport

Objective

Factors like global competition, labour cost, recycling technologies and environmental restrictions force companies to implement new logistics and manufacturing systems. From a transport’s point-of-view most of these new systems (e.g. offshoring) have negative impacts as they induce additional freight transport. But on the other hand they are implemented as they have positive effects like cheaper production processes (e.g. due to economies of scale) or even environmental benefits (e.g. due to recycling).

The objective of this 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.

This will be done by analyzing status and trends of the external factors (world trade, policy & legislation, transport system, technology) and performing case studies in crucial economic sectors. These cases studies will analyze new best practices of logistics and manufacturing systems, when CO2 emissions are considered an important design criterion. These microeconomic results will be used to improve TRANSTOOLS and I-O tables.

Based on these results a scenario analysis will be done to estimate the possible impacts of these new best practices on European environmental (criteria: freight transport’s carbon footprint, products’ logistics and manufacturing carbon footprint) and economic (criterion: economic growth) sustainability. Storylines will be developed and their likeness, chances and risks estimated.

Finally transport policy’s costs and benefits will be assessed for the different scenarios. This will lead to recommendations for transport policy for reducing transport emissions without negative impacts on the other sustainability criteria.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/freight transport
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/sustainable transport

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2008-TREN-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

AUSTRIATECH - GESELLSCHAFT DES BUNDES FUR TECHNOLOGIEPOLITISCHE MASSNAHMEN GMBH
Address
Raimundgasse 1/6
1020 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Julia Düh (Ms.)

Participants (9)

TRANSVER GMBH
Germany
Address
Maximilianstrasse 45
80538 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thorsten Schüler (Dr.)
SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS
Finland
Address
Latokartanonkaari 11
00790 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Vuorinen (Ms.)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Susan Blackshaw (Ms.)
PROGTRANS AG
Switzerland
Address
Gerbergasse
Basel
Administrative Contact
Stephan Kritzinger
WIRTSCHAFTSUNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
Address
Welthandelsplatz 1
1020 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Werner Jammernegg (Prof.)
Prognos AG
Switzerland
Address
Henric-petri-strasse
Basel
Administrative Contact
Jan Limbers (Mr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Asuncion Rubiralta
INSTITUT FUR SEEVERKEHRSWIRTSCHAFT UND LOGISTIK
Germany
Address
Universitatsallee 11-13
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Holger Kramer (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
Address
Winston Churchill Avenue University House
PO1 2UP Portsmouth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elisabeth Bartle (Dr.)