Freight News, Logistics

New video highlights logistics work

[ October 23, 2014   //   ]

A group of logistics experts have launched a video that highlights their work to help deliver smarter and more sustainable freight transport across North West Europe. Through the EU-funded Weastflows (West and East freight flows) project, partners from private and public sectors and researchers are undertaking a series of inter-connected activities and practical demonstration projects using innovative ICT solutions.

They aim to identify challenges and opportunities to improve freight movement, and encourage greener supply chains across Europe and beyond.

Ian Short, chief executive at the Institute for Sustainability in the UK and Weastflows partner, said: “Latest EU figures show freight transport is increasing by 2.5% per annum. This means more pressure on existing transport systems, more congestion and more pollution. Through smart solutions and real-time testing, Weastflows partners are working to improve freight journeys and show how a shift to more sustainable transport modes, including rail and sea, can help reduce environmental impact and maintain the region’s position as a global freight hub.”

The video provides an overview of the key activity taking place across Europe including developing the first intermodal route planner that calculates the fastest freight route by road, rail and sea against estimated journey costs across Europe; trials of an integrated online tracking system to that gives shippers ‘real-time’ information about where their product is; and analysing data from across six European countries to create an interactive mapping tool, which will allow users to identify under-used networks and traffic bottlenecks across all modes of transport, and highlight where alternative routes can be used.

Chief executive of CRITT Transport et Logistique in France and Weastflows lead partner, Robin Poté, added: “The project’s results will be shared with industry organisations, private sector businesses and transport authorities to help inform and influence the direction of future freight and logistics policy at the European level. By sharing the learning, Weastflows aims to help the region maintain its competitiveness whilst encouraging innovation and sustainable economic growth.”

The video is at: