Sustainable logistics for the entire general freight operation

VTL, a leading SME network and provider of pan-European logistics services, is committed to the issue of sustainable logistics within its entire general freight operation. As the first network of SME cargo companies to do so, VTL is cooperating here with the Institute for Sustainability in Transportation and Logistics (INVL) at Heilbronn University.

“Working in conjunction with the INVL, we’re looking to precisely refine the more complex sustainability challenges that face a networked transport system in order to define holistic practical advantages for our clients and partners,” explains Andreas Jäschke, CEO of VTL Vernetzte-Transport-Logistik GmbH. “The work with INVL, which we started last year, is an important component for us in the development of our sustainable transportation and logistics solutions.”

The advantages to be achieved are also shown by the latest INVL study, ‘Green Logistics’, which was recently presented by the German Hauliers and Logistics Association (DSLV). “We want to refine the issue of Green Logistics for networked transportation systems,” confirms Professor Dirk Lohre, Principal of the INVL. “The collaboration with VTL is part of our research and consultancy work on the topic of ‘Sustainability – Transportation – Logistics’.”

VTL and INVL are currently working on a strategy concept that shows, using reference depots, operational solutions with lower direct and indirect emissions and at the same time is intended to propose concrete compensatory options.

About INVL
The Institute for Sustainability in Transportation and Logistics (INVL) is an institute within the Transport Business Management and Logistics Department of Heilbronn University. INVL was selected by the jury of the national committee of the ‘UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development’ as an official ‘UN Decade’ project for the award period 2009/10. INVL is the initiator of the ‘Sustainability Round Table’, which aims to provide a framework for discussing problems, swapping experiences and further developing the issue in relation to this sector.