Future-oriented solutions for sustainable logistics

Sustainable logistics in the Hamburg metropolitan region

Transport and logistics are an important driver of economic growth and prosperity. However, the challenges on the way to a sustainable future are constantly increasing for the sector. For example, the continuous growth in freight transport is placing an increasing burden on the infrastructure and environment, while at the same time the sector is confronted with a considerable shortage of skilled workers. LIHH initiates and drives forward projects that promote sustainable logistics in the sense of ecological, social and economic sustainability in the Hamburg metropolitan region.

The LIHH sets an example for sustainable management by targeted national and international announcements of existing and new projects for ecological logistics and raising awareness of corporate responsibility towards employees and society, such as securing future specialist and management potential.

The Logistics Initiative Hamburg sets priorities in many areas of action and initiates measures for the further development of an ecologically sustainable development of logistics in the Hamburg metropolitan region. Awarded the title of "European Environmental Capital" in 2011, numerous activities and measures of the logistics industry in the metropolitan region already support this pioneering role. With our Green Logistics Capital platform, we are pursuing the goal of further strengthening the perception of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region as Europe's most sustainable logistics location. In addition to implemented practical examples and initiatives, you will find information on funding programmes, organisations and initiatives, as well as standards and certifications that make a significant contribution to sustainable development in the metropolitan region.


In particular, the environmental impact of freight transport by road is perceived particularly sensitively by the public, since noise and pollutant emissions are a burden on the population and the environment. Logistics causes more than 5.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide - and the trend is rising. Gas, hybrid and electric drives as well as possibilities of hydrogen technology are therefore becoming increasingly interesting for freight transport.

Electrically powered commercial vehicles can significantly reduce the air and noise emissions generated locally by delivery traffic and offer great potential, especially on the last mile. CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) are in ever-increasing demand as climate-friendly solutions in transport. LNG is also becoming increasingly important in maritime and inland waterway transport. The use of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in trucks is currently in the test phase. Hydrogen as the next development stage will be of great importance in all areas in the future.

You can find practical examples of alternative propulsion systems in logistics on our Green Logistics Capital platform.

The Logistics Initiative Hamburg is also involved as a partner in the "GO LNG" and AVATAR in different areas.

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