Logistics companies organise and carry out essential transportation within the supply chain. It is in this context that these companies face the challenge of delivering sustainable service. A sustainable logistics service must be both cost and environment effective, at the same time as meeting the customer’s requirements. This requires effective logistics and transportation planning, as well as the provision of technology that is effective from a climate and environmental perspective. Companies play different roles in this work. Economic, legal and staffing limitations set the borders for which services can be offered. Creating long-term collaborations with customers can lead to more stable conditions and increased sustainability, and internal development in an organisation is also an important part of meeting sustainability challenges, whether they come from customers or society at large. These are some examples of what we study in our research.
Sustainability challenges in the logistics industry comprise one of our eight research areas in climate smart transport systems.