Digitally networked logistics can cut CO2 emissions by around 22%
Karlsruhe, Germany, April 19, 2023. The aim of the recently completed EU project FENIX was to expand and support a federated network of transport and logistics actors, enabling them to share information and use existing data more easily. The research project established necessary standards, networks and platforms for digital logistics. Large shippers in particular see this as an opportunity to implement their strategies for more CO2-friendly, so-called green logistics. The digital logistics network concept was implemented through eleven pilot projects along the TEN-T corridors, a trans-European network of transport corridors. The measurements showed that CO2 emissions are reduced by more than 22 percent on average because of implementing the project.
As part of the FENIX project, which received funding of 60 million euros, 48 project partners involved in 11 major pilot projects developed the first federated architecture for data sharing serving the European logistics community. Shippers, logistics service providers, mobility infrastructure providers, cities and public authorities will benefit from the interoperability between all individual existing and future platforms. Intermodal solutions are particularly important here. The particular success of this major project is the creation of a technical and regulatory environment for data sharing and interoperability between existing and new platforms. A solution which perfectly addresses the needs of all transport and logistics actors as part of a newly created transportation landscape.
Federated network of actors
By encouraging the networking of different stakeholders and linking and combining existing transport networks, both shippers and logistics service providers can intelligently combine their networks at different levels and use transport corridors more efficiently to cut their CO2 emissions.
Fred Westdijk, CEO of Jan de Rijk Logistics, emphasizes the importance of networking: "Intermodal transportation is very important to achieving our environmental goals. And linking our APS with that of our suppliers is essential to making this work."
Limited infrastructure today – but not tomorrow
International transportation has always been struggling with increasing demands on the one hand and limited opportunities and limited infrastructure on the other. The FENIX project was set up in response to this challenge. It counters this limitation with digital solutions. Fred Westdijk sums up: "We can't change the limited transportation infrastructure, such as the insufficient number of tracks or terminals. But these research projects help change how this infrastructure is used – through modal shift and networking, for example. Data are the key: They allow us to cooperate, to link existing systems and to encourage community building.”
The public closing event of the project took place on February 8 at the P&G INQBet campus in Grimbergen, Belgium.
- FENIX project meetingr Pilot Site Rhine-Alpin (in German)
- Research Projekt FENIX at PTV Group and on project website
FENIX main objectives:
- establish a federated network of transport and logistics actors across Europe, enabling sharing of information and services needed to optimise TEN-T
- demonstrate the operational feasibility and benefits through the organised national pilots –focus on testing the achieved interoperability capabilities
- set up the EU corridor community building programme and to promote the benefits to the participants in terms of reduced costs and GHG emissions
PTV. Empowering mobility.
PTV Group takes a holistic approach that integrates all aspects of traffic, transport and logistics to create and promote sustainable mobility. The PTV Group provides software solutions and consulting services to empower mobility and transport for a cleaner and smarter future. Its best-in-class software for intelligent traffic management and transport optimization enables decision-makers in politics, cities, industry, and trade save time and money, make roads safer, and protect the environment. PTV’s software simulate and demonstrate today how tomorrow’s mobility, with all its ecosystems and dimensions, can be realized – from strategic transport planning to micromobility for the first/last mile.
The company was established in 1979. Today, approximately 900 employees worldwide work on future-oriented solutions to create intelligent and eco-friendly mobility for everyone.