To plan strategical actions for a more sustainable mobility in Italy, RSE and ALIS, the Italian Logistic Association of Sustainable Intermodality (ALIS) started a collaboration for the development of a study on all the transportation processes related to the freight transport with the aim of identifying useful and crucial elements for the energy transition and digitization.

Since 2020, RSE spa has been an honorary member of ALIS, a network of over 1500 companies that work in all the different logistics sectors, such as shipping and service, railways, ports and interports, and road transport.

A questionnaire of 21 questions (ALIS, A Logistics Informative Survey) was sent to a sample of 125 Italian companies associated with ALIS, covering the following topics: activities, vehicle fleet, digitization, employees’ training and safety, intermodality, barriers/drivers to sustainable freight transport, and strategic positioning of the company. Particular attention was paid to the road transport companies since almost 80% of freight in Italy is transported by road.

The collected data provide an initial photograph of the performance of the companies in terms of sustainability in its three components, social, environmental, and economic. The main results are encouraging, indicating that most companies are on the right path towards sustainable logistics. Here, some highlights:

  • high number of connections between logistic hubs, in particular ports;
  • fleet renewal in terms of age and category, with 89% of Euro 6 vehicles;
  • load efficiency, with 74% of trips fully loaded;
  • the use of alternative fuels, such as LNG;
  • high degree of digitization, with 90% of companies using one or more software programs for route and load management.

RSE had the opportunity to present this research at the event “The three days of ALIS” dedicated to the world of transport and logistics held from the 1st to 3rd of July 2021 in Sorrento.

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