Westwell and Roland Berger release the ‘Freight Logistics Decarbonization Whitepaper’

Westwell and Roland Berger release the 'Freight Logistics Decarbonization Whitepaper'

Innovation in intelligent technology is propelling the logistics industry towards the adoption of green and sustainable production methods. With the newly released “Freight Logistics Decarbonization Whitepaper” by Westwell and Roland Berger, you can learn feasible pathways to achieve decarbonisation and efficient transformation, injecting new vitality into your business.

Freight Logistics Decarbonization Whitepaper

Decarbonisation has become one of the key trends driving global industry and technological development. As the main entities contributing to decarbonisation, logistics and transportation companies are facing increasing pressures for transformation from local authorities, investors, and customers that demand decarbonisation and high energy efficiency.

Westwell, in collaboration with the global leading strategic consulting firm Roland Berger, recently launched the “Freight Logistics Decarbonization Whitepaper“, under the theme of “LEAD the Green Wave, Bring the DEEP Impact”. As the world’s first whitepaper on decarbonisation covering multiple logistics nodes in freight logistics, it encompasses the methodology for green and net zero transformation, calculations of carbon reduction effects and economic benefits, as well as multiple classic success cases. It provides the industry with a comprehensive and multidimensional solution for green and a net-zero transformation journey.

Westwell has been committed to promoting the sustainable development of the logistics industry and, by leveraging its full-stack AI development advantages, pioneers the adoption of new, carbon-free, and high-efficiency production methods in various business scenarios. By consolidating practical insights into actionable methodologies, Westwell continues to bring strategic wisdom that transcends traditional business and technological boundaries to players in the logistics industry.

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The whitepaper, based on Westwell’s business practices, introduces a pioneering methodology on container logistics decarbonisation – “LEAD”: With “Digitalisation” as the foundation and followed by three stages: “Electrification”, “AI-driven intelligence”, and “Linked ecology”, systematically guiding players to realise the “DEEP” values: “Decarbonisation”, “Economical friendly”, “Environment friendly” and “People friendly”, and driving the industry towards a comprehensive green transformation.

Digitalisation (D) is the inevitable path to decarbonisation through the digitised upgrade and transformation of the entire industry chain, digitalised carbon emission tracking and digitalised operation, thus accelerating the realisation of the ultimate goal of green transformation.

The transformation consists of three stages: E, L, and A. The first stage is Electrification (E), i.e. converting container handling equipment and transportation vehicles from fuel-powered to electric-powered, directly reducing the carbon emission factor; the second stage is AI-driven Intelligence (A), i.e. upgrading equipment and system intelligence, optimising operational processes and behaviours, and reducing energy consumption per unit of operation; the third is Linked Ecology (L), i.e. interconnecting all core elements to achieve precise scheduling and planning, enhance overall operational efficiency, and reduce unnecessary operations.

The multiple derivative values of “DEEP” reflect Westwell’s redefinition of transformation goals: Decarbonisation (D) is not the only measure of transformation success. The logistics industry shall reshape its production mode to achieve decarbonisation (D), reap significant economic benefits, and foster a sustainable, interactive, and well-balanced dynamic between economically-friendly (E), environmentally-friendly (E) and people-friendly (P) practices.

By implementing the “LEAD” methodology, the logistics industry will achieve overall green transformation by taking port decarbonisation as the starting point, systematically promoting the green transformation of logistics nodes such as air cargo terminals, manufacturing hubs, and road freight. The production method innovations driven by the transformation will also bring cost reduction and efficiency gains through smart technology empowerment and efficient operations; a green and efficient operational environment of “zero emissions, zero waste, and zero barriers”; and the added value of providing safer and more comfortable working conditions for employees.

Kenny Tan, Founder and Chairman of Westwell, stated: “Green transformation cannot be delivered overnight; it is a systematic and gradual process and requires concerted efforts from multiple parties.

“Westwell has amassed extensive practical experience in decarbonisation transformation in large-scale logistics ports. We translated this precious experience into universal solutions to driving decarbonisation across all scenarios.

“Our goal is to leverage logistics as a catalyst to propel more sectors towards sustainable development, fostering a greater positive impact on the world.”

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Denis Depoux, Global Managing Director at Roland Berger, added: “In recent years, carbon neutrality has become a global focal point. As a major source of global carbon emissions, the freight logistics industry must actively pursue carbon reduction.

“This is not only a necessary step for fulfilling social responsibility but also a key competitive advantage for future development. Roland Berger and Westwell have jointly released the “LEAD” decarbonisation methodology for the freight logistics industry.

“This methodology incorporates practical experiences from multiple leading cases and provides a clear phased emission reduction roadmap for enterprises in different segments and stages of development, guiding them to fully implement technological innovation and operational optimisation.

“Looking ahead, the journey towards decarbonisation in the freight logistics industry has begun. Let us leverage strategic thinking and scientific methods to help the freight logistics industry move towards a green, sustainable, and net-zero future.”

Visit Westwell’s website for more details on the whitepaper: https://en.westwell-lab.com/.

Read our latest interview with Westwell’s Regional Director, Ji Zhang, where we delve into the company’s groundbreaking journey in autonomous fleet operation within container terminals.

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