An Interporto Padova and PadovaFiere project
Fiera di Padova, Wednesday 7, Thursday 8 and Friday 9 March 2018

“In advanced countries, logistics is a company’s brain”
Sergio Bologna – Rome, 22 June 2017

There are 236 participations, distributed over the four areas covered by the innovative Green Logistics Expo project: Intermodal Transport, Industrial Logistics and Real Estate, E-Commerce and City & Logistics. Those present will include leading names in intermodal rail and goods transport, logistics for industry and ports, e-commerce and urban governance.

They will be presenting product, model and organisational solutions which, at a time when the established paradigms are up for debate, look to the future with a vision ever more focussed on the great theme of sustainability in its environmental and economic connotations.

The 19,000 sq m of Green Logistics Expo occupy the two new Fiera di Padova pavilions, numbers 7 and 8, plus an additional 1500 sq m outdoor area.

There are more than 50 events, including conferences, workshops, events, training courses, product presentations and demonstrations, with the presence of more than 250 Italian and foreign speakers, representing the most important governance institutions (European Community, Italian Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and the Environment, regional and local administrations) and leading logistics, companies, manufacturers and research institutions.

This in brief is Green Logistics Expo, the International Sustainable Logistics Exhibition which, in its first edition, has finally brought to Italy an exhibition focussing on the complex theme of logistics as a whole, examining the aspects of business, sustainability, and its connection with the world of industry and production.

In a moment of important transformation for the sector, the participation of numerous top-level exhibitors suggests a perceived need for a face-to-face meeting and exchange of views involving all those operating in the system who have identified this innovative exhibition formula as the natural occasion.

Numerous factors contribute to tracing out the new logistics scenario: what energy sources will we use to fuel our vehicles? Natural gas, electricity or perhaps even hydrogen? How will we transport our goods on trains to cut CO2 emissions and reduce road congestion? What new infrastructure do we need? What does the explosion of e-commerce and ever more relentless urbanisation imply for logistics and services to the city? How will “transport” be modified in relation to the new continental infrastructure investments? What is the role of automation and AI (Artificial Intelligence) in the management of goods and services?

These are just a few of the themes to be tackled during the three days of Green Logistics Expo. These themes, with a decisive impact on the economy, environment and public opinion, were the reason Interporto Padova and Fiera di Padova decided to promote the event.

Combining efficiency with economic and environmental sustainability is, in fact, a goal also at the centre of government policies, laid out in the document “Connecting Italy” which indicates four objectives: regional, European and Mediterranean accessibility, sustainable safe mobility, quality of life and competitiveness in urban areas and policies in support of industry, production and boosting an ever greater demand for logistics.

As for the exhibition itself, exhibitors include operators from the worlds of rail transport, ports and logistics hubs, terminal operators, cargo airports and companies producing associated vehicles, equipment and systems, logistics platforms and centres, specialised construction companies and logistics providers, traditional and express delivery companies, freight forwarders and road haulage contractors. Participating in the debates will be supermarket chains, city logistics services managers, urban utilities and transport, public administrations and associated services and the world of research and universities.

Interesting and authoritative, the conference programme reflects the areas covered by the Expo. With the participation of sector leaders, the opening conference, entitled: “From industry to the ports. The new green frontiers of intermodal transport” will examine the moment the intermodal system is currently going through, a theme subsequently taken up in other meetings which will consider the relationships between ports and interports and new alternative vehicles in more detail. A number of different logistics models will be presented in specific meetings in an exchange of views directly involving manufacturers such as Barilla, L’Oréal, Campari and Levissima, together with supermarket chains. On the second day, an innovative format will tackle the theme: “E-Commerce & Digital Business Transformation – Technological innovation in transport and infrastructure“.

The third day will focus on the theme of the city. Cities are growing – Green services to improve competitiveness and quality of life is the title of a conference divided into a number of sessions and taking as its starting point the presentation of urban distribution models, to then explore consumer awareness. The novelty over the next 20 years is that all products and services must weigh less, consume less, perform more functions, last longer, become biodegradable, recyclable, reusable. These are the objectives of sustainable logistics which consumers already understand quite well today and which they will learn to manage better in the future.

There are also numerous events and innovations. These include the inauguration of four electric portal cranes at Interporto Padova, doubling the capacity of the intermodal logistics terminal without land consumption, and the FOUR Sustainable Logistics presentation of its 100% electric eco-trucks which arrived in the Padua Expo at the end of unique and memorable journeys in the name of sustainability, starting out from Rome and Milan. Unique because the truck which set out from Rome, a goods vehicle with a tare weight of 18 tons and a load of 9 tons, reached Padua after about 500 km with just one intermediate stop, while the truck setting out from Milan reached Padua after about 200 km without stopping even once.

Finally, to amplify the international dimension, Green Logistics Expo will be hosting a “EURO Mini Conference” on “Advances in Freight Transportation and Logistics” organised by the ICEA Department of Padua University, with the support of EURO (Association of European Operational Research Societies), EWGT (Euro Working Group on Transportation), and SIDT (Italian Association of Transport Teachers). The conference will examine the themes of transport engineering and operational research and represents an opportunity for experts in the goods transport and logistics sector from all over Europe to meet. The Padua University Winter School “Methods and models in freight transportation and logistics” will take place in parallel with the event, with the participation of 18 international students and a group of professors and lecturers from Italian and foreign Universities.

Green Logistics Expo is possible thanks to the patronage, collaboration and support of:

MIT – Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Italian Ministry of the Environment and Land Protection, Padua Provincial Authority, Padua City Council, Padua Chambers of Commerce, Assologistica, Confetra, Padua University – ICEA, UIR – Unione Interporti Riuniti, Rome La Sapienza University, ENEA, AILOG, Freight Leaders Council, BIC, Fercargo, INU – Italian National Town Planning Institute, Assocostieri, Promex, SOS Log, Word Capital Group, CST Logistica e Trasporti, Numbe1 – Supply Chain Innovation, Studio Cappello, EWolf, Il Messaggero Marittimo, TransportOnLine, Euromerci, La Gazzetta Marittima, Il Giornale della Logistica, MP Magazine, Porto&Interporto, Logisticamente.it, Logistica Management, Masi Comunication, BY Innovation, Logistics Efficiente, Ship2Shore, Radio Padova.