Accelerating the Path Towards Physical Internet


Acronym: SENSE
Project number: 769967
Funding Body: European Commission – H2020
Type of funding: Public
Main Researcher: Carolina Ciprés
Start date: 1/10/2017
End date: 31/03/2020
Duration: 30 months

Project description

Results from a simulation experiment with top retailers Carrefour and Casino in France and their 100 top suppliers moving from actual practice to a “Physical Internet Model” showed a potential economic benefit of 32%, a 60% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and a potential of 50% of volume shifted from road to rail. Accelerating the Path Towards Physical Internet -SENSE- project strategic objective is to accelerate the path towards the Physical Internet (PI), so advanced pilot implementations of the PI concept are well functioning and extended in industry practice by 2030, and hence contributing to at least 30 % reduction in congestion, emissions and energy consumption.

To that end, SENSE aims to increase the level of understanding of PI concept and the opportunities that brings to transport and logistics. By building stronger and wider support of industry, public bodies and research worlds towards the PI we may reach consensus and enable coordinated strategic public and private investments in research and innovation embracing Physical Internet that could lead us to a new much more efficient and sustainable paradigm. SENSE will:

  • Enhance, and stabilize a solid framework for industry, research and public bodies to share advances, barriers, opportunities and best practices regarding Physical Internet implementation.
  • Build awareness and raise wide consensus on the Detailed Roadmap towards the Physical Internet developed in the frame of the project.
  • Create The Reference Knowledge Platform so the Physical Internet Community has access to recent developments including: PI implementation cases assessment, industry programs and activities, related start-ups, research and innovation projects, public initiatives and programs and last, but not least.
  • Assist and support Industry, European Commission, Member States and Regional Governments in the process of defining high impact research policies to fast track to Physical Internet.

Participant entities


  • Alliance For Logistics Innovation Through Collaboration In EUROPE (ALICE)

Project Partners:

  • Procter & Gamble Services Company Nv
  • FM Logistic Corporate
  • Stichting Dutch Institute For Advanced Logistics
  • Poste Italiane – Societa Per Azioni
  • Interporto Bologna Spa
  • Vlaams Instituut Voor De Logistiek Vzw
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V.
  • Centro Nacional De Competencia En Logistica Integral (con sus “third parties” ZLC e ITENE)
  • Instytut Logistyki I Magazynowania
  • Technische Universiteit Delft
  • Association Pour La Recherche Et Le Developpement Des Methodes Et Processus
  • Industriels
  • Kuhne Logistics University Gmbh
  • Bluegreen Strategy Srl
  • Fit Consulting Srl
  • Netzwerk Logistik Verein

Contact data:

For further information, please contact:
Carolina Ciprés, Principal Investigator
[email protected]

“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Grant Agreement No. 769967”