Lower Austria and Vienna are seen as a living and economic area by the inhabitants, but also by business people. Administrative borders no longer play a role. For this reason, the two federal states together with the two chambers of commerce have rethought the future logistical challenges in the “Sustainable Logistics 2030+” project.
Together with around 300 representatives of the logistics sector and other experts, a total of 35 measures in eight categories were developed in this project, which were presented on 20 November at the Haus der Wiener Wirtschaft. A declaration of intent was also signed to regulate further cooperation between the participants.
“The approach of thinking about logistics issues in regions and developing solutions across state borders opens up new opportunities and future-oriented paths for all participants. It is particularly important to involve the industry right from the start. Ecology and economy cannot be viewed in isolation, but require networked thinking,” says Sonja Zwazl, President of the Lower Austrian Chamber of Commerce.
Vienna’s Deputy Mayor Birgit Hebein also points out the importance of the project for one of the most urgent issues of our time: “Logistik 2030+ presents our joint strategy for a sustainable logistics system in Vienna and Lower Austria. The aim is to reduce negative effects of freight transport on people and the environment and at the same time to ensure that the population continues to receive a high level of supply. This can only be achieved together”.
“Mobility is an important basis for our prosperity. Trade, production and services are all dependent on our logistics system being efficient and goods transport functioning optimally. Cooperation across national borders should make this possible and also ensure that transport is as climate-friendly as possible. This results in both economic and business advantages,” says Ludwig Schleritzko, Lower Austrian Councillor for Mobility, referring to the importance of this project for the region.
The President of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce, Walter Ruck, also agrees with this: “By designing and implementing a transport and logistics strategy, we are jointly setting the course for mobility, jobs and prosperity in the eastern region. With three strong partners, we ensure that the interests of the federal states, the transport and logistics industry and the shipping industry are taken into account equally”.
The 35 packages of measures comprise 130 actions and pursue five concrete goals for Lower Austria and Vienna: Conflicts of use in both flowing and stationary freight and individual traffic are to be resolved, CO2 emissions are to be reduced and the volume of traffic is to be reduced without losses in performance and quality.
The measures are divided into the topic clusters “Foresighted planning and securing of logistics areas”, “Promote the consolidation of goods with the help of new business models”, “Develop and implement efficient solutions for parcel delivery”, “Support sustainable logistics concepts for companies and major projects”, “Create incentives for accelerated fleet conversions”, “Use digital information and services to increase efficiency and optimisation”, “Define framework conditions for sustainable development” and “Actively communicate logistics services and costs”.