LT.20.007 – Data sharing infrastructure for the circular economy

Route: Logistics and transport in an energetic, innovative, and sustainable society

Cluster question: 027 What are smarter and greener ways of transporting passengers and goods that make optimal use of all forms of transport?

With this research project we want the explore the application of blockchain technology in supply chain and logistics (SCL) to support and advance the circular economy.
Sustainability is an important goal for the Netherlands. The Dutch Government adopted a plan to realise a fully circular economy by 2050. With regard to transport and logistics, the objective of the Netherlands is to reduce the CO2 emission by 55% by 2030 and 95% by 2050, as compared to 1990. Achieving these ambitious goals is only possible with radical innovations in the organisation of our SCL. An important ingredient of this innovation is increased capacity utilisation of transport means to reduce transport kilometres and synchro modal planning to optimise modality choice. A prerequisite for this is data sharing amongst various stakeholders collaborating in open, organisational networks, e.g. sharing of logistics services, quality of service of logistics networks, timetables, available capacity, and supply chain visibility.
Based on previous research, more attention is needed on the fundamental challenges in the transition towards a physical internet: digital data sharing infrastructure, optimization algorithms leveraging machine learning techniques, secure and privacy preserving transportation algorithms and decentralized coordination and collaboration between network partners, etc. Practical research is needed to support companies (especially SMEs) to be introduced to and be able to experiment with these aforementioned open data infrastructures, physical internet, etc.
A broad coalition of research institutes is envisioned and the current consortium will reach out to other (national and international) institutes (from their existing network) to join this initiative.


Advanced Analytics, data sharing, Mobility, Supply Chain Management, sustainability

Other organisations

Technische Universiteit Delft (TUD), TNO


Organisation Windesheim University of Applied Sciences
Name Dr. M.A. (Michiel) Steeman