Road freight transport contributes significantly to pollution levels and there have been a slew of initiatives to reduce this environmental impact recently. Freight transport also impacts roads. If you happen to live near a port, like me, you know what I mean.

So these days, the city of Valencia, Spain is holding a Green Logistics congress for freight operators from more than 22 European countries and companies such as Nike, Ford, Procter & Gamble, DHL, Vossloh, Siemens, Volvo, SBB cargo and Evergreen. Saving fuel is not only good for the environment, but also for the companies' bottom lines. The EU and local Spanish authorities are sponsoring the event.

What are the key factors they are studying? On tap are the creation of "green corridors" or special dedicated paths for freight, logistical innovations (such as improved software for delivery planning), and something called "intermodality" (combining large-scale railway freight with smaller more efficient trucks for local delivery). The congress will also study energy efficiency measures as well as the impact of using renewable energies like biofuels. Their target: fewer CO2 emissions by 2030.

[Source: Europa Press via Econoticias]


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