City logistics themes

The Green Deal ZES focuses on the principal transport flows within a city. These are therefore the main themes covered by the Green Deal ZES Living Labs.

We all want to eat fresh, healthy food – also in rapidly developing inner-city areas. As a result, the range of fresh (organic) products available in catering and retail outlets is expanding rapidly. That means a high delivery frequency is needed, although these goods must be delivered responsibly too, for example by making use of clean and quiet vehicles.

The internet surprises us time and again with new ways to order products. If at all possible, we want our orders to be delivered to our homes or to be able to return our orders just as conveniently. Our cities need innovative and sustainable solutions to ensure they can handle this enormous flow of post, parcels and pallets.

Our cities are becoming more and more dense. Increasingly, people are living, working and spending their leisure time in the city. As a result, a great deal of demolition, construction and renovation work is taking place in our urban centers and this is leading to sharp peaks in traffic flows for the transportation of heavy equipment, raw materials and people. To reduce the associated inconvenience and safety risks, cooperation and smart solutions are needed: from the tendering stage through to the actual performance of the work.

Transport flows are generated not only by stores and individuals, but by offices too. Office supplies, relocations, catering, cleaning and waste disposal are just a few examples of services that result in significant flows to and from offices. These “office logistics” account for a large portion of city-center transport flows. Purchasing is a key tool that can be used to control them: smart, clean purchasing can have substantial benefits.

To ensure that clean vehicles incorporating new technology can be used profitably, there has to be a smart interaction between technology, logistics and policymaking. A certain scale has to be achieved in manufacturing to bring down the cost of a vehicle further. Using alternative logistics concepts can make it possible to increase the capacity utilization of vehicles. In some cases policies and regulations may need to be changed to make such higher capacity utilization possible. It is all about finding the best combination. That is why the Green Deal ZES has added two further main themes to be covered by the Living Labs:

Space is at a premium in our cities, but we want to get more and more out of it: better quality of life, improved road safety and less inconvenience. By using modern technology and developing custom solutions, we can access space that is currently unavailable due to all manner of inflexible rules and regulations. That means enforcing these rules and regulations in a different, smarter, but also fairer, way. A combination of smart technologies and flexible regulation can also help make city logistics more sustainable.

To ensure that clean vehicles incorporating new technology can be used profitably, there has to be a smart interaction between technology, logistics and policymaking. A certain scale has to be achieved in manufacturing to bring down the cost of a vehicle further. Using alternative logistics concepts can make it possible to increase the capacity utilization of vehicles. In some cases policies and regulations may need to be changed to make such higher capacity utilization possible. It is all about finding the best combination.

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