Research

"New cooperative business models and guidance for sustainable city logistics - NOVELOG”, European Commission, HORIZON 2020 Mobility for Growth, 2015-2018. Assigned to University of Thessaly by the European Commission.

NOVELOG

NOVELOG


Funded by: European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation under grant agreement No 636626
Duration: 36 months (1/6/2015-31/5/2018)
Project’s Budget: 4.413.842 €
Project website: http://novelog.eu

The project’s vision is to strengthen the capacity of local authorities & stakeholders for sustainable policy making in Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning, by providing tools for managing the “implementation chain” (problem capture – decision – planning – testing – assessment – adjustment – implementation). The project encourages the development and implementation of sustainable Freight Policy and respective measures (innovative smart logistics solutions and corrective actions), bringing improved understanding of cost effective strategies, measures & business models to reduce the carbon footprint of logistics operations in cities. Also the replication of best practice methods and methodologies as well as the adoption of success stories in similar city cases is also promoted.

The project scope is the enabling of knowledge and understanding of urban freight distribution and service trips in order for cities to implement effective and sustainable policies and measures and facilitate stakeholder collaboration for sustainable city logistics. This guidance will support the choice of the most optimal and applicable solutions for urban freight and service transport, and will facilitate stakeholder collaboration and the development, field testing and transfer of best governance and business models.
To this end, the project objectives are set as follows:

  • To understand, assess and capture current needs and trends in Urban Freight Transport, revealing the reasons for failures in city logistics implementations and to identify the key influencing factors and develop future Sustainable Urban logistics scenarios.
  • To enable determination of optimum policies and measures, based on city typologies and objectives, link them to tailored business models and test and validate them.
  • To develop a modular integrated evaluation framework for city logistics that will portray the complexity of the life cycle of UFT systems and implement it to assess the effectiveness of the policies and measures.
  • To incorporate the best fitting policies and measures in integrated urban planning and SUMPs, at local level, to facilitate and guide multi-stakeholder cooperation for improved policy making.
  • To field test, implement and validate all the above, in selected EU cities, and demonstrate applicability and sustainability of the tools and ensure the continuity of the impacts by creating and establishing take-up strategies and roadmaps for the best city logistics solutions.

The key concept of the project is to initiate and enable city logistics policy formulation and decision-making as part of a city’s sustainable urban mobility planning, and to support implementation and take up of appropriate policies and measures. This will be achieved through guidance provision to policy makers, based on sustainable business and logistics models, and the facilitation of cooperative schemes and consensus among stakeholders. The policies and measures applied in urban environment are grouped into two mega concepts:

  • “administrative and regulatory schemes and incentives” (Admin) and
  • “cooperative logistics” (CoLog).

Consensus amongst the involved stakeholders constitutes the main ambition of NOVELOG, which is pursued in each and every work package through the building a communications and knowledge interchange platform, at various levels, concerning urban logistics. The ultimate goal is to involve all stakeholders (including public) in the decision making process, in order to raise their awareness towards the upgrading of UFT activities and services, keeping their interest alive and focusing on the enhancement of sustainability, liveability and effectiveness of the implemented policies and measures as selected, approved and adopted by them according to their pursuits, goals and emerging needs.

Official website: http://www.novelog.eu/ 

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