Jan 11, 2024

New concepts and approaches for resilient and green freight transport and logistics networks against disruptive events (including pandemics)

Thursday, December 14th, 2023

Disruptive events, such as the COVID-19 health crisis and ongoing conflicts, underscore the vulnerability of supply chains and conventional freight transport systems.

The smooth flow of goods plays a crucial role in trade and welfare, emphasizing the need to devise solutions that can mitigate the repercussions of such events.

In this webinar, insights will be gleaned from the perspectives of the European Commission and the esteemed expert, Professor Alan Mckinnon. The projects, Sustainability And Resilience for Infrastructure and Logistics networks (SARIL) and Resilient Multimodal freight Transport Network (ReMuNet), will outline their strategies and demonstrate how they intend to contribute towards addressing these challenges.


10.00 Welcome and opening ( Download Presentation )

  •  Fernando Liesa. Secretary General, ALICE

10.05 Challenges associated with resilience and transportation networks, the commission’s priorities regarding them and what is expected from these projects ( Download Presentation )

10.20 Resilient and green freight transport and logistics networks: outlook and perspectives. ( Download Presentation )

10.35 Sustainability And Resilience for Infrastructure and Logistics networks (SARIL) presentation ( Download Presentation )

10.50 Resilient Multimodal freight Transport Network (ReMuNet) presentation ( Download Presentation )

11.05 SARIL and ReMuNet joint survey (We encourage you to take the survey through this link)   ( Download Presentation )

11.20 Conclusion, Q&A session and next steps

Know more about SARIL and ReMuNet

SARIL: SARIL aims to complement the classic definition of resilience, which focuses on threat prevention, robustness and system recovery, by green aspects. Key performance indicators will be defined which quantify both, the system resistance against disruptions as well as the environmental burden of freight transport in close collaboration with a large stakeholder group. Adopting three different scenarios on different geographical scales (regional, national and international/EU), models will be developed which are able to capture the unperturbed system operation as well as the behavior in case of a disruptions. SARIL CORDIS EU page.

ReMuNet: As trailblazer for the Physical Internet, ReMuNet pursues the vision to enable and incentivize synchro-modal relay transport on European rail, road, and inland waterways to increase the holistic network resilience. It significantly reduces emissions and boosts freight transport corridor efficiency in case of disruptive events. ReMuNet CORDIS EU page.

How will ReMuNet achieve this?

  1. A standardized method to describe multimodal transport networks.
  2. An algorithm capable of calculating multimodal route alternatives and capacity utilization in the face of disruptive events.
  3. A collaborative platform connecting relevant freight operators and enables them to manage disruptions.
  4. Using Reinforcement Learning to model and evaluate alternative courses of action, providing the basis for a self-learning, adaptive multimodal European freight transport and logistics network

SARIL and ReMuNet are funded by the European Union under grant number 101103978 and 101104072 respectively. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.


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