The freight transport sector will significantly evolve by 2050. To avoid negative aspects of freight transport growth, low carbon logistics solutions (e.g. consolidation of goods or route optimization) reducing GHG emissions, transportation flows, traffic accidents and other related issues must be actively applied.
ABOUT THE LOW CARBON LOGISTICS AWARDS 2018:
THE MISSION was to search for Agents of Change which are environmentally, socially and economically conscious of future logistics challenges and opportunities and develop long-term, low-carbon, innovative and value adding investment strategies and partnerships.
THE GOAL was to select the best candidates in three categories: “Business”, “Municipality” and “NGO”, which had demonstrated leadership and developed a low carbon logistics project with significant economic, environmental and social benefits on local, national or even multinational economies and communities.
The Awards consisted of national and international stages. During the national contest stage, one winner from each category was elected. At the second stage, the national winners competed for an international winner‘s nomination. Applications were accepted from entities or individuals acting in Germany, Lithuania, Poland or Sweden.
Participation in the Award was an opportunity to gain recognition and to demonstrate achievements to an international audience. The Awards were established to help businesses, municipalities or NGOs to be seen as examples of good practice and to portray success stories that others may follow.
Furthermore, the winners got to adorn themselves with the LOW CARBON LOGISTICS AWARD 2018 label, as special recognition confirming their achievements in implementing low carbon logistics solutions.
The winners were presented with the awards during the international conference “Green Cities: green logistics for greener cities”, held in SZCZECIN, Poland on 13-14 September 2018. Read more about the winners and competitors in the news article of the conference.
The awards were initiated by Green Policy Institute of Lithuania.
CATEGORIES AND WINNERS OF 2018
Business Project of the Year winner: electrically powered freight transportation by “Elinta”
The application process for the Business Project of the Year award was open to any business working in the sphere of logistics: freight vehicle manufacturers and distributors, expeditors and logistics innovators.
The biggest tendencies among business were the development of environmentally friendly transport and its application in transporting goods. Two Lithuanian companies stood out among the best in this category. One of them won the Business Project of the Year award. It was claimed by Kaunas-based (Lithuania) company Elinta, which overcame competitors from Sweden, Germany and Poland.
The Lithuanian enterprise has developed 3.5-7.2 ton electrically powered vans and hybrid trucks. The iPHEW hybrids manufactured by Elinta can drive for 50 kilometers solely on electrical power. Meanwhile, a traditional diesel engine can cut down fuel consumption up to 70% when working in tandem with an electrical engine – without sacrificing range.
According to the company’s estimates, a single iPHEW can save 28-42 tons of carbon emissions over 10-12 years.
Municipality Project of the Year winner: the environmentally friendly goods delivery model from Ystad – Österlen
The awards also had a focus on initiatives that foster positive social, environmental and economic changes that are tied to logistics solutions at the municipal level.
The Municipality Project of the Year award went to the project from the southeastern Swedish municipality of Ystad. This city on the Baltic coast sees two biogas-fueled vans deliver 45 tons of goods to 350 inhabitants ever week.
The suppliers drop off their goods at a consolidation center. There, they are sorted and handed off for delivery to the consumer. This method of delivery allows for the delivery of goods to schools, kindergartens and retirement homes in a single trip. It was observed that the resulting fall in traffic volume has resulted in increased safety in the area.
On the first year of this project, the towns of Ystad, Tomelilla and Simrishamn saw the new delivery model cut down the number of stops in the delivery chain from 26500 to 7000. This model was adopted by more than 40 municipalities in Sweden. It is expected to see this system spread to other municipalities across the country.
NGO and Community Project of the Year winner: Poznan Institute of Logistics and Warehousing – for displaying leadership in logistics planning and protection of community interests
NGOs take part not only in implementing sustainable logistics, but also in ensuring the citizens’ rights to a clean environment.
The NGO Project of the Year was declared to be the initiative by Poznan’s (Poland) Instytut logistyki i magazynowania (The Institute of Logistics and Warehousing). SULPiTER is its project that aims to improve the planning of urban freight shipping in Central Europe.
The institute also consults decision makers and prepares sustainable logistics plan for cities.
Application forms were evaluated by an esteemed international jury composed of experts with both academic and entrepreneurial backgrounds. Highly experienced representatives in logistics and the business sector, experts working in the field of sustainable development, as well as academic professionals jointly elected both national winners and the final international winners of each category.
Enterprises and business entities will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Municipality projects will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Applicant were invited to fill in the forms below.