Together we shape a more sustainable
future of freight transport in Europe
STORM is the acronym for: Smart freight TranspOrt and
logistics Research Methodologies
In the freight and logistics transport sectors, the reduction of real driving emissions and transition to green alternatives is the main societal challenge. The STORM project will contribute to outline novel horizons for those areas through review and assessment of the current trends and technology drivers, to identify prospects for deployment of future innovative operational scenarios and business models and provide recommendations to various actors and stakeholders from both transport domains.
In 2021, STORM project brought together well known academic and research organizations, and a stakeholder society, along with a wide international network of various freight and logistics related companies and actors, collaboration and stakeholder networks, agencies and authorities to join efforts in shaping together the green future of freight and logistics in Europe.
The project consortium and network partners are committed to achieve the project main objective in designing concepts, methods and tools to meet the new needs for analysis, monitoring and assessment arising from emerging disruptive technologies and trends in freight and logistics transport.
The European Union (EU) transportation sector is still largely reliant on fossil fuels, the use of which accounts for a quarter of the EU’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (1). In 2017, 93% of the energy consumption in transportation – road, rail, sea or air – was fossil fuel based. The freight sector accounts for the second largest share of transport emissions after personal transport and is forecasted to increase by 40% of 2030 (2). Widely acknowledged evidence and Paris 2015 Agreements recognise that business as usual is not an option.
The mission of STORM project is to will explore novel concepts for freight and logistics, and business models, innovative solutions based on zero emission vehicles, with the aim to support the transition of the transportation sector towards a sustainable freight future, both for private and public stakeholders (G2B, B2B, B2G, G2G) (3). This will be done by using unconventional data sources and through Big Data analytics and integration in order to better understand the behavioural aspects of the actors at both user and system levels, and to develop new generations of models to provide operators, stakeholders and policy makers with better information and decision support systems to ultimately achieve such transition at multiple levels.
- Bioenergy Europe report, 2019
- IPCC. (2014). AR5 – Working Group 3, Mitigation of Climate Change – Contribution of Working Group III. Cambridge University Press.G: 3.
- Government, B: Business. Please see page 6-7 of the COM(2020) 66 final https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/communication-european-strategy-data-19feb2020_en.pdf