Green Supply Chains

Climate change is imposing an increasing pressure on our society to join forces and deal more sustainable with the world we live in. For the government, as well as consumers and companies, sustainability is becoming more and more important. The logistics sector, which is prominent in Flanders, will also have to contribute.
Alternative fuels, renewable energy, multimodality, less packaging, sustainable use of materials, the circular economy, … These are all visible trends that must continue and strengthen. The European ‘Green Deal’ is setting the bar high: the goal is ‘zero emission’.


The goal of this H2020 project is to create a European matchmaking platform for innovative transport and mobility tools and services. The project will accelerate the market access and upscaling of “first of a kind” sustainable transport and mobility solutions, thereby reducing the European CO2 emissions and pollutants caused by the transport and mobility sector.

status: Closed | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: European


Ecommerce continues to grow and therefore the demand for more sustainable packaging solutions is on the rise. In the project E-Pack VIL will study the opportunities of reusable packaging in the B2C market.

status: Starting up | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: Regional


The Horizon 2020 project ULaaDS aims to facilitate and accelerate the implementation of new ‘zero-emission’ solutions for urban logistics. The focus is on the logistic challenges due to the on-demand economy. ULaaDS will contribute to ‘zero-emission’ city logistics in the European Union in 2030.

status: Closed | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: European


In the intercluster project Re2Live VIL cooperates with Sirris, SIM, VITO, Flux50 and VUB to research how companies in Flanders can respond to the opportunities of the growing market of lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles. Recycling these batteries offers both challenges and opportunities for the Flemish industry and logistics sector.  

status: Closed | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: Regional


In the project Logigrid, spearheadclusters VIL and Flux50 will collaboratively research how Smart Microgrids can contribute to the electrification of the Flemish logistics sector and its transition to renewable energy.

status: Closed | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: Regional


In this project ‘Hydrolog’, VIL will research the opportunities of the use of hydrogen for internal means of transport. The development of a business model in which several companies will be supplied by a mutual mobile hydrogen filling station, VIL aims to facilitate the transition to cost-efficient use of hydrogen.

status: Closed | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: Regional

Logistics Sustainability Index

The LSI is the first index that provides insight into the general sustainability performance of a company’s logistic activities.  This yearly index is a powerful instrument to calculate a sustainability score, based on defined criteria. 

status: Closed | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: Regional

Sharing Logistics

The standstill of assets in the logistic sector is very costly. The amount of assets and services that are not 100 % utilized during the entire day is endless. With the project ‘Sharing Logistics’, VIL is striving towards a more efficient occupancy rate of these logistic assets through building a web platform and by matching the supply to the demand.

status: Closed | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: Regional

Healthcare hubs

Hospitals and health facilities have limited insight in logistic costs. Logistics is no core business for health institutions, but that doesn’t make it less important. The pressure on the budgets, strict regulations and changing medical needs of the patients make it necessary  to reorganize health logistics.  In the project ‘Zorghubs’ (Healthcare hubs) VIL is researching the possibilities of healthcare hubs, central spaces where logistic activities of multiple health care institutions are consolidated and optimized.

status: Closed | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: Regional

Urban Waste Collection

Companies located in city centres generate high volumes of different kinds of waste. Local authorities are imposing more and more restrictions to company vehicles in cities. Urban waste collection is thereby becoming more and more difficult. To increase efficiency, investments in technology and material are necessary. But how do companies handle this and which investments are needed? The VIL project ‘Urban Waste Collection’ is looking for answers to these questions.

status: Closed | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: Regional

Food packaging of the future

The current push strategy for food packaging does not take sufficient account of the demands, needs and wishes of everyone involved in the chain. Moreover, new distribution channels (e-commerce, food delivery, omnichannel) and an increasing diversity of food products pose new challenges to food packaging. To face these challenges and utilize the opportunities to the […]

status: Closed | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: Regional

Grants for companies and research institutions

Innovation is important. Innovation makes for better margins, for a better world. But innovation is not always easy and success is not always guaranteed. And it requires an investment from you, in people and in time.

That is why you can rely on the expertise of VIL and on a reserved budget for innovation projects related to logistics!

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