Belgian university offers its expertise on sustainability and performance modelling of transport and logistics systems for passengers and freight

A Belgian university has developed its expertise on sustainability and performance modelling for passengers and freight transport and logistics since 2007. Their expertise allows them to define, fine-tune and evaluate KPIs (key performance indicators) linked with sustainable supply chain management. They look for consortia within the Green Deal Call, Area 5 or other relevant areas where they could contribute with their developed tools and expertise. Research cooperation agreements are sought.
In the draft of the Green Deal Call available mid-May, the European Commission showed its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in particular in aviation and waterborne transport. Several aspects of the topic text refer to the need to evaluate the environmental impact of these means of transport and the complete value chain e.g. “Promote infrastructure solutions to deploy sustainable alternative fuels”, “address the entire energy value chain from supply to use” and “demonstrate highly efficient logistics operations for integrated port-hinterland connections to enable modal shift”. Also, eco-labelling is referred to as a cross-cutting aspect. A Belgian university lab, founded in 2007, has since then been working on the topics of planning, modelling and simulation of logistics and transport systems. It excels in the following 3 core areas: • cross-functional integration of logistics and transport operations (integrated transport and logistics solutions); • sustainability and performance modeling of transport and logistics systems (passengers and freight); • knowledge dissemination and capacity building. The lab has ample experience with national, European and international projects. Their role in the project would be to perform research on any of the following topics: • Selection of climate smart transport and logistics solutions; • Performance modeling of the identified climate smart transport and logistics solutions; • Assessment and monitoring strategies of the sustainable improvements due to the project; • Knowledge dissemination and capacity building. The lab is looking for consortia being formed to submit project proposals on the Green Deal Call Area 5 or other relevant areas. Research collaboration agreements are being sought. The research group would take up the role of Partner in the project proposal.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought: 
The research group is looking for a consortium that is planning to submit a proposal for the Green Deal Call Area 5 or other relevant areas of the Green Deal Call, such as the following: • Area 6 - Farm to Fork and more precisely questions linked with the increase of energy efficiency in distribution • Area 3 - Industry for a clean and circular; • Area 9 - Strengthening our knowledge in support of the EU Green Deal and more precisely Topic 1 – EU research infrastructures capacities and services to address European Deal Challenges and Topic 2 – Developing end-user products and services for all stakeholders and citizens supporting climate adaptation and mitigation. • Area 11 - Accelerate the clean energy transition and access in partnerships with Africa. The university would like to contribute to the projects.
Stage of Development: 
Already on the market
Comments Regarding Stage of Development: 
In the last 20 years, the team was involved in more that 130 large industrial, R&D and development cooperation projects throughout the world (initiation, coordination, implementation, follow-up, knowledge transfer), involving well-known research centers, governmental institutions.
IPR Status: 
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted,Patents granted,Copyright
Comments Regarding IPR Status: 
Evaluation tools and Multi criteria decision aiding tools which can help in benchmarking various transport and logistics strategies on the basis of a wide range of criteria (including GHG emissions) have been developed for a long time in the lab. Those tools are used for academic purposes as well as for supporting consultancy assignments since 2007. Current or pending patents: - Software developed under JAVA used since 2014 - Web Platform developed under Python used since 2018
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