DEMKES R, VERDUIJN T and HENSTRA D, TNO Inro, The Netherlands
Government policy plays an important role in maintaining and enhancing economic competitiveness. Governments are also committed to reducing the negative effects of transport upon the environment. Policy measures designed to mitigate the undesirable effect
Government policy plays an important role in maintaining and enhancing economic competitiveness. Governments are also committed to reducing the negative effects of transport upon the environment. Policy measures designed to mitigate the undesirable effects of freight transport demand need not only be aimed at vehicle or infrastructure, but can also be designed to influence the structure and behaviour of the supply chain and individual companies' logistics strategies. The identification of 'hooks' from which to develop individual policies requires an understanding of where they will impact on the relationship between economic activity and freight transport demand at the most effective point. This understanding must be derived from insight into the drivers, barriers and enablers which affect individual firms' logistics decision-making. These can be exemplified by examining the current trends in logistics and supply chain management.
This paper describes the approach and preliminary results of the Trilateral Logistics - Europe (TR/LOG) project which is currently performed for the Directorate General Transport of the EU (DG VH). The main goal is to offer policy makers concepts and comparable indicators in the area of Supply Chain Management (SCM) and international intermodal freight transport in order to exchange experience between Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The project focuses on the developments in Europe.
Association for European Transport