Sustainable Logistics for Europe: The Role of Ports

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shipping analysis and trade
Published 05/05/2016 by Menno Menist

Conclusions

• Profitability demands sustainability.
• Interviewees indicated that they face renewed pressure to improve the sustainability of their operations.
• Many quick-wins have been deployed: it will be necessary for industry to tackle more complex areas, including logistics, where cargo-owners have less direct control and where end-consumers and policy-makers have less market or regulatory leverage.
• Ports have a key role to play as facilitators through the provision of infrastructure to enable the operation of efficient deep-sea, short-sea and hinterland transport services.
• Now, this role also extends to the deployment of ICT, clean fuels, and other forms of technical innovation.

Seaports should play a pro-active role in greening the supply chain by:

bringing cargo owners, transport companies, and other service providers together to develop innovative solutions that reduce the carbon footprint of transport.

Making the transport chain transparent, in such a way that utilisation rates of inland modes can increase,

Stimulating intermodal solutions via barge, rail or short-sea.

Offering a wide-range of alternative fuels in the port and in the hinterland.

 
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