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Logistics experts get sustainability on the road

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There is no "Planet B". Climate change concerns us all. Especially in the new normal after Corona, the topic is gaining momentum. In the same way, digitalization is getting a boost. Because digitalized companies have come through the crisis better. The motto for transport logistics is therefore: Go green, go digital!

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Digitalization has great potential for transportation logistics. The industry just has to raise it "sustainably".

Logistics has to become more sustainable. All players agree on this. Most companies already have sustainability on their list of priorities. The German government is helping with special programs. The Internet of Things (IoT) can also support logistics companies. This was confirmed by an internal Telekom market research  on the topic of "Sustainable with IoT" with 722 participants. Sure, one way to achieve more climate protection is to switch to new propulsion technologies, away from the once beloved diesel engine. Shipping logistics is a pioneer with its transition and bridging technologies, right through to new, promising synthetic fuels. On the road, too, there is an increasing focus on e-mobility. Especially for deliveries on the so-called last mile to the customer. However, renewing the delivery fleet is cost-intensive and takes time. With ships, one speaks of generations until a turnaround in propulsion is achieved. 

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77 percent of Deutsche Telekom's IoT experts believe that companies will rely on IoT solutions for their supply chains to achieve their environmental goals.

Along the supply chain there are many approaches to minimize the CO2 footprint. Attention: combining sustainability with digitalization even increases efficiency. 77 percent of the Telekom experts are convinced: IoT will help companies achieve their CO2 savings targets. And they will rely on IoT solutions for their supply chains. For example, carriers and parcel services use algorithms to optimize their routes and calculate the exact arrival times. In this way, they reduce the number of kilometers driven and thus fuel consumption. A simple app shows the driving behavior. Because accelerating and braking a lot drives up consumption. Another example are digital labels that accompany freight. They replace paper labels. That reduces paper consumption. Not to mention the many warehouses and depots: Intelligent sensors on the Internet of Things monitor and control energy consumption in buildings . Heating out the window? Not with us!

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The sustainability event "Nachhaltigkeit in der Transportlogisik"  (Link in German) organized by BVL.digital in cooperation with T-Systems focused on "Digital Planning, Driving and Transloading". The participants developed  a green, digital agenda for more sustainability in transportation logistics. Everyone is convinced: The potential is high, the industry just has to raise it "sustainably". For example, with data for early cooperation. Or with better processes in the transportation chains or "just" by optimizing routes.  The results of this green agenda will be presented at the International Supply Chain Conference 2020  by Professor Müller-Steinfahrt. By the way, the Telekom experts forecast that 70 percent of all logistics companies in Germany will use IoT solutions to control their vehicle fleets and monitor their goods in 5 years' time.

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