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TOPIC : Promoting the deployment of green transport, towards Eco-labels for logistics

Topic identifier: MG-5.3-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
15 October 2015
Deadline: 26 January 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

In Europe, but also in other parts of the world, actions to reduce the carbon footprint of transport and logistics services as part of an integrated supply chain are gaining momentum because the industry sees this as an important domain of competition. However, there needs to be a level playing field amongst companies in Europe, and even world-wide, as regards transparency and comparability of methodologies and data used, including alignment with carbon footprint reporting from other elements of the supply chain. At the moment, the existence of different standards, initiatives and calculation tools, each with its own underlying methodology and data, makes carbon footprints practically incomparable thus hampering potential efficiency gains that would result from this measure.

The specific challenge is the establishment of a co-ordinated network, gathering regional, national and international activities and fostering communication, collaboration and consensus-building on harmonised methodologies for carbon footprint calculation along the transport supply chain. The network would also support the implementation of concrete actions in terms of carbon footprint measurement and reporting.

The work should be inclusive of the state of the art of ideas, trials and business endeavours on new mobility concepts and build on previous projects, as well as other relevant European and non-European initiatives, and with full consideration of the CEN 16258 standard.


Proposals should address all the following issues:

―Liaison with standardisation organisations, shippers, transport operators, logistic service providers, transport and trade organisations and other initiatives with a view to align existing methodologies and interpretative rules (with particular reference to CEN 16258) at the European, and preferably at the global level

―Develop, improve and/or harmonise guidelines for the measurement and reporting of emissions from freight transport services, based preferably on Scope 3 standard[1] and real world data (where possible).

―Develop mechanisms to facilitate and standardise data collection, handling, reporting and monitoring, with particular reference to data sensitivity issues.

―Evaluate real world testing and implementation of carbon footprint calculations through case studies.

―Certification of methodology and accuracy of calculations.

―Design educational tools, including training sessions on carbon foot printing of freight transport and logistics services.

―Explore conditions and develop a blueprint for the introduction of carbon foot printing certification schemes (eco-labelling).

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1 to 2 million each would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

To lower the carbon footprint of transport and logistics services, actions are expected to demonstrate how the following aspects will be achieved:

―Collaborative strategies among industry and authorities for win-win solutions for transport and logistics services: greener while not more costly.

―Streamlined business processes and efficiency gains.

―Fair competition and transparent carbon footprint calculations of transport and logistics services.

―A sound proposal for introducing an eco-label for freight transport and logistics services

Delegation Exception Footnote:

This activity directly aimed at supporting the development and implementation of evidence base for R&I policies and supporting various groups of stakeholders is excluded from the delegation to the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and will be implemented by the Commission services.

[1]The Corporate value chain (Scope 3) standard covers the company’s own (Scope 1 & 2) as well as sub-contracted processes (Scope 3), including all transport and location-related processes (e.g. transhipment, storage, administration, commuting). A detailed description of the transport carbon footprint calculation according to the Scope 3 Standard was published in the “Technical Guidance for Calculating Scope 3 Emissions” (WRI; WBCSD, 2011c) in 2013.

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

    Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation:
          For stage 1: maximum 3 months from the deadline for submission.
          For stage 2: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.
  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Coordination and Support Actions:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved. 

  8. Additional doccuments:


Applicants can find introductory remarks to the activities of this respective area of the call in the text of the H2020 Work Programme 2016-17 for Societal Challenge "Smart, green and integrated transport" which can be accessed by clicking in the link above.

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