UN advisory group – sustainable logistics report

The UN has published a new report on sustainability in transport and logistics. The report has been written by a high level advisory group to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that includes a Deutsche Post DHL executive.

The report is called ‘Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development’ and concludes a two year working phase for the advisory group.

The DPDHL executive is Prof Dr Christof Ehrhart, who is executive vice president and head of corporate communications and responsibility at DHL. He said that minimising unnecessary transport and putting together a better combination of transport solutions in the supply chain were some of the key recommendations of the report. He added that balance and a holistic approach were identified as necessary for globally sustainable logistics.

Speaking of the UN report, Ehrhart also said that businesses were noticing the impact of ever more congested urban spaces where the need for better logistics is increasing. Avoiding unnecessary inner-city freight movements is one of the key priorities of sustainable transport worldwide.

One of the examples given in the UN report is DHL’s Packstation in Germany. These include drop off points in public spaces such as shopping centres and train stations as a way to alleviate congestion caused by logistics. Across Germany there are more than 3000 Packstations with more than eight million regular customers using them.

DHL is also represented in the advisory group by its CEO Frank Appel. Other advisory group members include Martin Lundstedt, chief executive officer of the Volvo Group, Sweden, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux director general, International Union of Railways, Paris, and Morten Engelstoft CEO APM Shipping Services Maersk Group, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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