Efficient logistics means lower social costs and reduced environmental impact. In a society with global cargo flows and new consumption patterns emerge, sustainable logistics solutions are one of the most important success factors. Through partnerships, we can drive the development forward and various certification programs and membership in organizations assure our processes.
There are many opportunities for reducing the environmental impact of the logistics system. Catena also wants to find opportunities together with different partners, be involved in networks and have regular meetings with municipal leaders in our market areas to support the development towards more sustainable logistics. Transport is energy intensive and thus affects the environment. By being careful about choosing the right location for your logistics facilities, transport can be minimized and thus also the burden on the environment. Transport efficiency is also an important factor for companies' profitability, since Sweden has long distances and a large dependency on exports.
By placing warehouses and terminals outside urban centres, incoming cargo can be delivered to these transhipment terminals. There, goods to be forwarded into the urban centre can be reloaded in a manner that enables higher load factors, flexibility in truck sizes and more accurate route planning. This creates opportunities for more cost-effective solutions while increasing comfort for those receiving goods by making it possible to reduce the number of delivery times. While each situation is unique, we have opportunities to improve the efficiency of logistics in Sweden’s urban centres.
For Catena, city logistics is about enhancing transport efficiency in dense urban environments. The traffic situation in many Swedish cities has become difficult since passenger traffic and commercial traffic share limited road space. The result is inefficient logistics. This traffic situation also causes drivers of both passenger and commercial vehicles to become irritated and thus could potentially increase the risk of personal injury.
A concrete example of how we can contribute in our role is the collaboration company Urban Services, which works for more innovatiova and smart city logistics solutions in Arenastaden, Stockholm.
Agenda 2030 and Global Compact
Catena's focus area Sustainable logistics and societal development mainly relates to 2 of the global sustainibility goals:
Target 9.4 - Upgrade all industries and infrastructure for increased sustainability
Target 17.17 - Encourage effective partnerships