Environmental performances of transportation and logistics practices Handbook (Orée, October 2006)
Transporting goods has always been a crucial issue, playing a role in social and economical development, and bringing closer demand and offer. Today, logistic has reached a strategical function amongst firms and transportation demand is growing fast: in 2020, it could reach 40% for goods.
Those traffic evolution tendencies lead to substantial consequences on health and environment. Indeed, a lack of control in transport development is a source of accidents, noise, pollution, and space and non-renewable energy consumption.
As fossil fuels are becoming more and more expensive, their world reserves decreasing in a context of geopolitical instability, firms and local authorities must be able to adapt their transport strategies to the necessity of environmental protection in order to achieve local sustainable development. Other external constraints, such as, lawful evolution and public opinion lead firms and local authorities to change their transportation methods. In addition, internal needs such as making financial economy and improving the image for the different stakeholders (including the salaries) are contributing to these changes.
To help answer these different challenges, the handbook “Environmental performances of transportation and logistic practices” proposes a three-dimensional approach. Created by the Orée non-profit organization and its members, with a specific partnership with the French logistic association Aslog, the handbook first takes into account the territorial aspect of the issue, making a distinction between the local, regional, and French national levels. Secondly, it offers a multi-stakeholders think-tank, looking for a bigger awareness and mobilization on environmental transportation issues. This to achieve sharing good practices and exchanges of innovating experiences.
Finally, this handbook gives concrete tools to implement new practices: 16 adapted experience feedbacks, action programs, indicators are here to orientate during the process of change.
In parallel to this handbook, are available on this website adaptable tools which give additional elements to implement these new practices.
This handbook is written for firm managers and persons in charge of local authorities, transport / logistic managers, environmental or sustainable development managers, and of course all the people who have an influence on the transport demand.