This project proposal treats following research question:
RQ: What are the potential sustainable and integrated co-operation models for urban logistics flows, given a certain city?
The focus is on testing the sustainable and integrated business cases within the urban logistics context, including all possible types of flows (B2B, B2C, retour, etc.).
This proposal attempts to achieve this objective by answering three sub-questions in three consecutive workpackages.
In order to test the sustainability of the various business cases, first a data-driven calculation model is drafted. This calculation model should allow comparing the various options objectively.
RQ1: What are the most important components of a calculation model for a sustainable urban logistics policy, both on the side of input and output.
Recent data on goods flows, within as well as outside cities, is very scarce though. This impedes an objective overview on urban logistics, which makes identifying opportunities more difficult.
RQ2: Which goods flows take place in the concerned cities?
The findings from the first two workpackages are used next to quantify proposals for pilot projects. These pilot projects have to be executed in the concerned cities and help identifying the barriers between the calculations and the real applications.
RQ3: What are the barriers in translating the results of the calculation model into an effective, integrated reorganisation of the urban logistics flows.