Innovation and Networks Executive Agency


INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over its legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.
Building sustainable logistics through trusted collaborative networks across the entire supply chain

The NEXTRUST project objective is to increase efficiency and sustainability in logistics by developing interconnected trusted collaborative networks along the entire supply chain. These horizontally and vertically built trusted networks will integrate shippers, Logistic Service Providers (LSP) and intermodal operators as equal partners. To reach a high level of sustainability, the project will not only bundle freight volumes, but shift them off the road to intermodal rail and waterway.

NEXTRUST will build these trusted networks ideally bottom-up, with like-minded partners, adding multiple layers of transport flows that have been de-coupled and then re-connected more effectively along the supply chain. It will develop C-ITS cloud based smart visibility software to support the re-engineering of the networks, improving real-time utilization of transport assets.

NEXTRUST will focus on research activities that that enhance collaboration in the market, validated through pilot cases in live conditions. The project engages major shippers as partners (Beiersdorf, Borealis, Colruyt, Delhaize, KC, Mondelez, Panasonic, Philips, Unilever) owning freight volumes well over 1.000.000 annual truck movements across Europe, as well as SME shippers and LSPs with a track record in ICT innovation.

The pilot cases cover a broad cross-section of the entire supply chain (from raw material to end-consumers) for multiple industries. The creation and validation of trusted collaborative networks will be market-oriented and implemented at an accelerated rate for high impact. The project's pilot cases are expected to reduce deliveries by 20-40% and Green House Gases emissions by 40-70%. Load factors will increase by 50-60% following the emphasis on back-load/modal shift initiatives.

NEXTRUST will achieve a high impact with improved asset utilization and logistics cost efficiency, creating a sustainable, competitive arena for European logistics that will be an inspirational example for the market.

NEXTRUST - Railway trucks
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01/05/2015 to 31/10/2018
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