Discover the future of Sustainability

How can we achieve sustainability? What are the right measures, which indicators show us the way and who needs to be included in the process? The experts from the KLU Center for Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chains regularly share insights on the latest trends, findings and topics around sustainability in logistics and supply chain management in "Forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften." Take a deep dive into the topic and get insights from our top researchers.

This page gives you an overview of all articles published so far at "Forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften".

Reusable To-Go Packaging: Scaling Challenges and the Path to Sustainable Consumption

How long is the actual service life of a disposable to-go coffee cup? Five minutes, 10, longer perhaps? The exact length is insubstantial. It figures that the time required for production, transport, and disposal of a disposable cup is significantly longer than its functional use. Further, many disposable cups are not disposed of correctly, ending up as garbage in our environment. A WWF study demonstrated that in 2022 more than 13.5 billion disposable containers for food, drinks, and confectionery were purchased in the German gastronomy, hotel, and catering sectors. Many in society agree that this is outdated, that on many accounts we need a systemic change in packaging.

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A NEW ERA – Circular economy and the European automotive industry

Circular economy is the future of the European automotive industry – the initiative Ce:Versa plans to use reverse logistics to make the automotive sector more sustainable, while simultaneously reducing costs for all parties involved.

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The KLU Center for Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chains (CSLS) is a research center dedicated to accelerating the transition towards more sustainable supply chains and logistics. The CSLS team draws on KLU's strong track record of logistics-focused research around environmental sustainability and collaborates with influential stakeholders (e.g., companies, policymakers, and NGOs) to establish Hamburg as an international knowledge hub for this topic.

The activities of the CSLS focus on three broader topics relevant for sustainable logistics and supply chains: (1) decarbonizing logistics, (2) closed-loop supply chains and the circular economy, and (3) corporate sustainability. All research and outreach activities and the CSLS activities in the context of skill-building address at least one of these topics.

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