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What is the study and the potential for Flanders of the transport concept 'Hyperloop' 04/02/2019 - 03/06/2019

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A literature review is carried out to identify key aspects linked to the state-of-the-art advancements of Hyperloop. Approximately 52 publications are consulted (technical report, academic literature online expert's public opinion and information publicly available through presentation websites or brochures) and an in-depth review is provided.

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Smart shared green mobility hubs (E-HUBS). 11/01/2019 - 10/01/2022

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Congestion, pollution and growing urban population in NWE forces us to replace private cars by alternative mobility options. By providing a critical mass of eHUBS (physical cluster of shared electric mobility modes of transport) and make available shared mobility to the end-user, we kickstart the mobility transition. Private car use in cities will decrease. While eHUBS are technically feasible, deployment is hindered because of slow user adaptation, lagging urban planning and legislative/policy hurdles. Critical mass and scalability is key and knowledge transfer is absolutely necessary to remove barriers for local authorities. Partner cities from 5 countries will realize and promote eHUBS and pave the way for others to do the same. There will be eHUBS on strategic locations, connected to other modes (e.g. public transport), but also small eHUBS in living areas. The eHUBS implementation approach will differ per city to create an overall best practice that can easily be applied in other cities and regions. This will result in an additional 1,477 kg tons CO 2 reduction p/y at the project end and 287,022 kg tons CO 2 p/y 10 years later (compared to baseline, incl. replication cities). By kick starting the mobility transition in 6 pilot cities we will set an example for all of NWE. Other cities can benefit from applying the blueprint and copying best practices. A large-scale uptake will cause a leverage by significantly reducing CO2 emissions in the cities and creating a growing market for commercial shared e-mobility providers.

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Opticharge. 01/12/2018 - 30/11/2020

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In the Opticharge project existing technological solutions for the automation of loading and unloading operations will be analysed, as well as innovative solutions that are being developed by technology providers, research institutions and universities. In a next step, these technologies will be linked to the needs of the companies participating in the project. These needs are examined by the Flemish Institute for Logistics. The project also includes the development of a tool, presented in a matrix, in order to calculate the ROI of the different technological solutions.

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New technologies to be used by the Belgian customs for the implementation of an enhanced supervision of the container supply chain. 06/11/2018 - 06/11/2020

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The European Commission has agreed to provide technical support to the Belgian Customs in the form of expert consultancy services in the project aimed at exploring the use of new and advanced technologies to enhance the Belgian Customs' capacity and effectiveness. In order to accomplish this mission and to face challenges and threats arising from the current situation, especially in the Port of Antwerp, the Belgian Customs intend to substantially enhance the supervision of the container supply chain by improving their current control operations and by introducing additional highly efficient (technology) measures and means, which will significantly improve the supervision ratio of this supply chain. At the same time, cost and time impact on international supply chains through the port have to be kept to a strict minimum, so as to safeguard the competitive position of the Port of Antwerp.

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Delivery of a logistic study on cross-border parcel delivery. 01/10/2015 - 31/01/2016

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This study explores the cross-border parcel logistics operations and its associated costs, in the context of the EU28, and focusing on B2C logistics chains. In particular, the study: - Describes the logistics operations in cross-border parcel delivery of postal operators, integrators, and other parcel delivery operators; - Estimates and analyses cost factors and drivers in different phases of the logistics chain; - Examines the cost impacts of last-mile delivery options (lockers, retail points, delivery to premises); - Describes the reverse logistics operations and its costs.

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