Slog4.0 - Sustainable Logistics4.0: Digital and green skills for boosting innovation and sustainability of the logistics sector is an European project financed by the Erasmus+ programme within the call “Cooperation partnerships in higher education”.

     Logistics is the function responsible for the transport and storage of tangible and intangible goods. From a broader perspective, the logistics chain is carried out according to the following main activities: procurement, transport, receiving goods, warehousing, stock control, order processing, handling of goods in the warehouse transport to customer, physical distribution, recycling, returns and waste disposal. The relationship between environmental sustainability and logistics is a relationship of direct dependence. There is growing concern about air pollution, water pollution, energy consumption, urban development and waste disposal. Logistics does not have a good reputation for environmental protection, demonstrated by CO2 emissions in the value chain, use of green field sites for warehouses, calls for new transportation infrastructure building, use of packaging, etc. In parallel, e-commerce and consumption were booming even before the pandemic prompted a spike in the number of products ordered online and delivered around the world.

     The logistics sector must make use of the new technologies
in order to increase the performances respecting the environmental, social and economic needs. In this framework, the digitalization of logistics and supply chains with the 4.0 technologies and the training of people in supply chain management (Logistics 4.0) is also inevitable.

     In this context, the motivation of Slog4.0 project is hidden in the answers to the following questions: How can HE keep pace with this unprecedented level of change? What does a future-proof curriculum look like? How can we modify the curriculum regarding Industry and Logistics 4.0? How can we prepare students for a sustainable and green future?

Within the Slog4.0 project, we aim to train a new generation of advanced workers for the logistics sector, with a sustainability-oriented mind-set and a full set of skills referring to the Industry 4.0 paradigm. The project is planned to increase the digital capacities of higher education institutions and to support sustainable and green logistics for the future reshaped by pandemic and climate sensitivity. SLog4.0 project is designed to overcome the difficulties of putting together expertise, knowledge and skills to create a course that is aimed at providing an advanced training to HEI students in order to support the green and digitalization processes in logistics.
The most relevant concrete results of the project will be:
  • a set of Design Principles, developed after having conducted a detailed training need analysis, to be intended as the principles on which to build the multidisciplinary curriculum (topics, learning outcomes, duration, etc.).
  • a training course, whose expected architecture is the following: Module 1: Logistics 4.0 in smart society; Module 2: Sustainability in Logistics 4.0; Module 3: IIoT: adopting 4.0 for green logistics; Module 4: Green challenge.