Powering Logistics 2020: How can cargo transport be made more sustainable?

Along with the Flemish Institute for Logistics (VIL) and 13 Flemish companies, VITO is studying which sustainable, alternative fuel sources are available for the transport sector and which conditions need to be fulfilled before they can be used.  

Under the name 'Powering Logistics 2020', a Flemish consortium is looking for a suitable type of truck fuel for the future. Together, the partners want to encourage the use of sustainable alternatives for cargo transport on the road. Within the scope of this pilot project, they will create a technical and economic analysis as a starting point for more focused research. In the entire freight sector, 95 % of all consumed energy is generated from fossil oil. The demand for fossil oil increased by 21 percent between 2009 and 2013. 

The experts are studying which alternative fuels can be used in the short and long term. This analysis covers both technical features and logistical feasibility. The results of the research project will be presented towards the end of 2015.  

 

VITO's role

VITO is responsible for scientific support to Powering Logistics 2020. It is studying the environmental advantages and technical feasibility of alternative fuel sources. VITO is also taking care of the scientific follow-up and validation of practical tests conducted during the project. To do so, it is using data loggers in the vehicles, which collect specific data and send it to a central VITO server. 

VIL-project in figures
  • Partner project of VIL, VITO and 13 Flemish companies
  • Duration: February 2014 - November 2015
Under the name 'Powering Logistics 2020', a Flemish consortium is looking for a suitable type of truck fuel for the future.