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City logistics comprise the delivery and collection of goods in urban areas. Improving city logistics may address transportation methods, handling and storage of goods, management of inventory, waste and returns, as well as home delivery services.

Making this process sustainable requires efficient interfaces between long-haul transport and short-distance distribution to the final destination. It also requires efficient planning of the routes to avoid empty runs or unnecessary driving and parking. Furthermore, sustainable urban freight requires smaller, more efficient and cleaner vehicles.

By News Editor / Updated: 17 Aug 2017
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By News Editor / Updated: 17 Jul 2017

UK supermarket tries out last mile deliveries with autonomous electric van


The online UK supermarket Ocado has been trialling delivering customers' orders directly to their homes using a self-driving electric van.

The last-mile delivery vehicle, called the CargoPod, was underway on the streets of the  Royal Borough of Greenwich, London. Using a combination of cameras, sensors, and lasers placed around the vehicle, the onboard computer is able to find its way to its location. No GPS is used in its navigation.

By Thomas Mourey / Updated: 28 Jul 2017

FREVUE - FReight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe


In the framework of the European project FREVUE (FReight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe), urban logistics operators tested fully electric vehicles for their daily delivery operations in eight of Europe’s largest cities: Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Lisbon (PortugalT), London (the  UK), Madrid (Spain), Milan (Italy), Oslo (Norway), Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and Stockholm (Sweden).

Results of the project show that the benefits could be great for the society both in environmental and economic terms. The animation video clip highlights these benefits.

By Thomas Mourey / Updated: 12 Jul 2017


The EU projects FREVUE & ELIPTIC are holding a joint workshop for local authorities in Barcelona on Wednesday 13 September.

Held in cooperation with local partners in Barcelona, the workshop will explore the use of public transport electric infrastructure for charging urban freight vehicles. Cities interested in this topic are encouraged to attend.

The workshop will start with a presentation on both projects and of specific case studies, including Barcelona. These will be followed by an interactive session.

By News Editor / Updated: 16 Jun 2017

New report looks at solutions to UK urban freight challenges


A new report from the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) in the UK looks into how urban freight distribution in the country can be improved.

The report examines examples of urban freight innovation through three case studies. These look at solving the challenge of the 'last mile' delivery, urban consolidation centres (UCCs), and the possible retiming of  deliveries.

By giuliana.longwo... / Updated: 01 Jun 2017

Join the BuyZET project as an Observer City


ICLEI is coordinating the project BuyZET, which aims for the procurement of innovative solutions for zero emission urban delivery of goods and services. At this moment, BuyZET is looking to recruit further cities to join the project as an Observer City, which will grant them access to useful resources allow them to participate in the project’s activities.

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By VM / Updated: 02 May 2017

Forum mobility

This FORUM organized by the association "FOR URBAN PASSION" is held on May 11, in BOZAR.

The theme "New Use <> New Move. Land Use & Mobility" will open the page of the city by 2030.

This prospective look will be based on the findings: what is moving in our lives (work, housing, habits of consumption, etc.) and how we have already changed our ways of moving (electric scooter or bike, renting or sharing cars, etc.) Do these changes bode well for the city of tomorrow?

Drinks and lunch are included in the price.

By News Editor / Updated: 19 Apr 2017

Gelsenkirchen tests EVs for waste collection (Germany)


The German city of Gelsenkirchen is testing a new electric vehicle for waste collection.

The small transporter will be used primarily to collect paper waste from the city centre and one additional neighbourhood.

Built by DHL subsidiary Streetscooter GmbH, the vehicle has a modest 30 kilowatt motor which allows for a maximum speed of 80 km/h and a range of 80 km per charge. Deutsche Post DHL currently uses some 2,000 similar vehicles for post and parcel deliveries.

By Thomas Mourey / Updated: 11 Apr 2017

Stockholm makes urban freight an integrated part of its mobility plan (Sweden)


The city of Stockholm has designed a strategy for freight which fits in the overall sustainable urban mobility planning strategy of the Swedish capital. The good integration of urban freight in the transport strategy made Stockholm qualify as one of the three finalists for the 5th EU SUMP Award on the topic of urban freight.