New Handbook Highlights European Best Practice

11th February 2016

Logistics BusinessNew Handbook Highlights European Best Practice

A new handbook, which includes 157 sustainable best practice logistics examples from across Europe, is now available. Part of the EU project Best Practice Factory for Freight Transport (BESTFACT), over a four-year period scientists have collected, developed, evaluated and disseminated innovative ideas for city logistics, green logistics, co-modality and e-freight.

The aim of the project is to help reduce negative environmental effects, improve transport execution efficiency and, above all, present the positive results of such measures. The knowledge platform on the BESTFACT website ( collects case studies and provides additional tools that support sustainable transport solutions.

In this context, it was important that the best practice principles could be applied to other cities. “Of course, there is no standard formula that is valid for all scenarios. A city or an enterprise must decide what concept best fits their particular needs,” says Marcel Huschebeck, Project Coordinator at PTV Group. “However, we could provide a basis for innovation and its implementation.”

To this end, four criteria were checked: assessment of positive effects, high relevance for public and private bodies, good data availability to implement best practices and a high potential of transferability to other players and areas. The most promising best practices were then evaluated through an impact assessment.

In addition to the existing BESTFACT project website, the new handbook provides an overview of 157 concepts, strategies and activities currently implemented in the European transport logistics sector, including an analysis of 60 best practice examples. The handbook is available for download at All case studies are also made available online. All fact sheets can be downloaded from the BESTFACT website.