Sustainability a recurring theme for Transport Logistic 2023

Disrupted supply chains, innovation in mobility, climate change and the ever-present theme of sustainability are expected to be the key talking points at this year’s Transport Logistic event.

Transport Logistic, the international trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management will be held 9-12 May at the Trade Fair Center in Munich, Germany.

Prof. Dr. Dirk Engelhardt, Spokesman of the Board of the Federal Association of Road Haulage, Logistics and Disposal (BGL) eV said: “Logistics currently has to overcome many major challenges. Resources are scarcer than ever. This means that everyone involved in the supply chain must work together to find justifiable, practicable and reliable solutions. To this end, transport logistic brings everyone – from the shipper to the recipient and from the logistics service provider to the technology provider – together in Munich. This underlines the importance of logistics and sends a clear signal on the way to a sustainable future.”

With 58 sessions, the transport logistic conference program lists around 20 per cent more lectures and panel discussions than in 2019. The topics show the challenges the industry has to face. The topic of sustainability runs like a red thread through the entire program.

The German Transport Forum (DVF) gets to the heart of the matter under the title ‘Balancing the world economy, meeting climate targets: How does logistics deliver?’ and discusses with top politicians and representatives of the logistics industry how the energy transition with new drives, alternative fuels and new production chains can succeed.

Whether infrastructure, supply chains, digitisation or skilled workers – many topics of the conference program contribute directly or indirectly to a more sustainable treatment of the environment and people with expert knowledge. The lectures range from the meta-level of geopolitical developments to everyday business practice. The four forums located in the halls deal with innovative technologies and resource-saving concepts. The program includes topics such as the decarbonisation of modes of transport, nationwide e-mobility in logistics, efficient supply chains in combined transport and on the last mile in city centres or uniform standards for real estate and data.

“Logistics drives sustainability,” said Deutsches Verkehrsforum Managing Director, Dr Florian Eck.

“It bundles flows of goods, invests in new technologies and collects its treasure trove of data along the entire supply chain, across all modes of transport.

“Transport Logistic makes visible what is happening in the industry. With a view to our climate goals and the necessary energy transition, the cross-modal and international trade fair is more important than ever as a showcase and innovation hub.”

For the first time since 1978, there is no trade fair catalogue for Transport Logistic.

In order to reduce paper consumption in general, only one visitor guide will be published. In the hall aisles, the trade fair also dispenses with 25,000 square meters of carpeting.

The exhibition team also pays attention to the use of sustainable materials in the construction of all forums and special areas. From assembly to dismantling, consistent collection and recycling of all recyclable materials used should reduce the waste rate. Exhibitors can also use a GoGreen CO₂ audit by Messe München to determine and compensate for their ecological footprint.

The stand builder meplan is also offering a CO₂-neutral system stand made from sustainable materials for the first time.

For a climate-friendly journey, 110 charging stations on the exhibition grounds support electromobility.

In addition, Messe München already switched completely to regeneratively generated electricity in 2020.

The complete conversion now saves around 6,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year in normal operation.

And visitors can also do something: as an alternative to the normal admission ticket, the so-called GoGreen ticket offsets the average ecological footprint with five euros for climate protection projects.

In other news, international logistics provider, Röhlig Logistics, has significantly increased its earnings in 2022, based on preliminary business figures.

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