Environmental Sustainability Standards in Transport Alliances

TitleEnvironmental Sustainability Standards in Transport Alliances
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsWichmann, M, Kersten, W
EditorKersten, W, Blecker, T, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsSustainability in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-7375-6206-5
Other NumbersISSN (print) 2365-4430, ISSN (online) 2365-5070
KeywordsEnvironmental Sustainability, General Cargo Alliances, Sustainable Process Improvements, Transport

In 2012 about 23 percent of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions were caused by
transportation. Therefore, it is desirable to improve the environmental sustainability
of the transportation sector. In Germany a major part of road transportation is operated
by small and medium sized enterprises (SME). They often lack the resources to
identify and implement sustainability initiatives. However, to be able to compete
with the big players SME tend to establish cooperations, so-called transport alliances.
This paper presents an approach supporting the assessment and selection of
sustainability measures within transport alliances.
A literature review was conducted investigating measures to improve environmental
sustainability as well as their environmental and economic impacts. Based on these
findings focus group discussions and interviews were carried out in order to develop
a concept that enables a company-specific selection of sets of measures. About 130
measures were identified and rated with respect to their environmental and economic
capability. These findings were then used to develop a demonstrator program
that supports both selecting measures and reporting the results.