'No change' not an option for transport and logistics

Governments and transport and logistics industry must collaborate on innovative solutions to climate change and the economic crisis, ALC argues

Governments and the transport and logistics industry must collaborate to develop innovative solutions to climate change and the global economic crisis, the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) argues.

The ALC says innovation will be the key driver in the industry’s survival, as it works to reduce emissions and stave off the consequences of failing economic conditions.

"In the current economic climate, companies and industries who innovate will grow despite adverse conditions," ALC Chief Executive Hal Morris says.

The National Transport & Logistics Innovation and Technology Summit identified four areas demanding industry and government cooperation.

The summit wants greater focus on research and development, with government funding backed up by a commitment from the industry.

It also advocated a regulatory overhaul to accommodate the changing nature of the industry, while also supporting shared information on innovation and technology.

But the summit agreed governments must reduce taxes on the industry to encourage it to invest in new technologies.

"No change is not an option, particularly if transport and logistics is to reduce its reliance on carbon and slash the emissions from supply chains," Morris says.

"For innovation to succeed it must be encouraged at many levels – the individual, the company and the whole of supply chain."

He says the industry must embrace the challenge and become "future supply chains" built on innovation and collaboration.

"This is not the time to pull back from change but to embrace it as innovation encourages resilience and agility in business practices," Morris says.

The summit was held in Sydney, with presentations from businesses detailing the benefits of carbon reduction.

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