The Paris climate targets entail a major challenge for the logistics sector. By 2050, the sector as a whole (including transport) will need to be at least six times more efficient. It is not sufficient to focus only on technological innovations such as clean vehicles and alternative fuels. Innovations in logistics are also inescapable if the climate targets are to be achieved.

Logistics companies want to know how they can contribute to making their sector more sustainable in a way that is affordable for them. TNO has years of experience conducting research into sustainable logistics and understands this sector like no other. We apply our far-reaching knowledge of logistics, and models that describe the effects of various measures and their relationships, to develop and accelerate the decarbonization of the logistics sector.

The right measures at the right time

We analyse all modalities – road, water, rail and air – and their influence on CO₂ emissions based on our integrated systematic approach. We use the results to develop concrete solutions that businesses can deploy to ensure they implement the right measures at the right times to achieve sustainable and affordable results.

Construction logistics hubs

We feed our models with primary data: the data on the day-to-day practice of logistics companies. We carefully asses the results of our models and the solutions we develop against the real-world situation. We conduct pilots in living labs to test and evaluate innovations in logistics. For example, TNO is contributing to more efficient and sustainable logistics processes for the urban construction industry by experimenting with construction logistics hubs.

Cleaner home deliveries

We are also experts in the smart and sustainable procurement of goods by businesses and government agencies. We identify the decarbonization options for international transport, whereby modal shift plays an important role. We are also exploring how to make home deliveries of packages, groceries and other products cleaner and more energy efficient, among other things by improving cooperation in the chain and increasing the load factor.

Frameworks for action to reduce CO₂ emissions

TNO offers the industry and government agencies affordable frameworks for action to reduce CO₂ emissions in the logistics chain. These frameworks provide insight into the consequences of the Paris agreement and help government agencies and the industry to make choices for the short and long term.

Paper Sustainable logistics



Ir. Jordy Spreen

  • sustainable logistics
  • carbon footprinting
  • city logistics
  • sustainable transport
  • vehicle emissions